Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The first crossover from the resurrected Alfa Romeo brand is out to redefine the idea of a performance SUV. Named after a harrowing mountain pass in the Italian Alps, the Stelvio is built on FCA’s new Giorgio platform, also underpinning its sister Giulia sedan. The Stelvio comes with two available engines: A 2.0-liter direct-injected turbo four powers the base and mid-range Ti models, making 280 hp and 306 pounds-feet of torque; a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine (505 hp, 443 pounds-feet of torque — good for a 3.9-second 0 to 60 mph time) powers the top-end Quadrifoglio. The V6 also features cylinder deactivation, shutting off half of its cylinders when not under load, for better fuel economy. Inside, the Stelvio shares several features with the Giulia, including its flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto–compatible infotainment system, and climate controls. They also share Alfa’s “DNA” selector knob, allowing the driver to change the crossover’s driving dynamics, including Race modes for the Quadrifoglio. A second rotary dial in the center console controls infotainment.
Price: starting at around $43,000; launching in 2017.
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