Up until now, in America there was just one version for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio – the flagship Quadrifoglio – but things are changing with the introduction of the “base” 280 hp version at the upcoming New York Auto Show.
The range-topper Stelvio Quadrifoglio was showed for North America at the Los Angeles Auto Show late last year, and the Italian brand is now looking to lure in premium customers that don’t fancy running around in a 505 hp crossover. Now the company is debuting the regular trims for the Stelvio at the New York Auto Show – the standard and Ti – both making use of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the Giulia, churning out 280 horsepower (209 kilowatts) and 306 pound-feet (415 Newton-meters) of torque. The engine is exclusively linked to an eight-speed automatic, sending power to the Q4 all-wheel-drive system – it can send 60 percent of the power to the front wheels if need be, while sprinting to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in 5.4 seconds and reaching a maximum speed of 144 mph (232 kph).
Since the crossover segment – even the premium one – is so crowded, the Stelvio tries to make a name for itself by delivering lots of standard gear. The base model has a leather interior, backup camera, and remote start while the Ti adds perks such as 19-inch wheels, heating for the front seats and steering wheel, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen. There are also optional packs – Sport or Lusso, which – you guessed – can make you feel dynamic or pampered.