The Italian automaker has been trying to get its fortunes up for quite a while, but things are finally looking up – they have the popular Giulia on sale and now an SUV is also on the menu.
The Stelvio might bring even more fans to the Italian brand considering how vastly popular crossovers and sport utility vehicles have become all over the world – but the first step is to see if the Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition is successful or not. The Stelvio was introduced – including in overly flashy Quadrifoglio guise – last year during the Los Angeles Auto Show. The First Edition is certainly not as fast – but it’s also considerably more affordable, as far as premium SUVs go, that is. In Europe the Stelvio First Edition will be optioned for at least €57,300.
The buyers will be treated to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine good for 280 horsepower (208 kilowatts), linked to an eight-speed automatic and a Q4 all-wheel-drive system for a 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint in 5.7 seconds. Exterior features setting it apart from regular versions include 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, painted brake calipers, and Bi-Xenon headlamps. Also on the menu are a chrome plated window frame and courtesy lights on the door handles while inside there’s black full grain leather seats and wood trim. The safety menu includes amenities such as forward collision warning with emergency braking, lane assist, and a backup camera.