It’s not a proper leak per se – since the more affordable version of the model actually made an official (but brief) appearance on TV during the evening news of an Italian broadcaster.
Italy’s TG5 channel caught a glimpse of the model during the visit of Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the Cassino factory where the Stelvio is assembled – and he was joined there by FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and Alfa’s Chief Operating Officer Europe Alfredo Altavilla. So, cheap we had the chance to catch a glimpse of a more affordable Stelvio – not the mind blowing Quadrifoglio – in a stealthy black guise, though it was probably a pre-production prototype. The design is not as over the top as the QV but it may very well find its adepts among those thinking the SUV segment needs a break from the traditional German contenders.
All things considered, we still see the Stelvio as a pumped up Giulia – the exterior design is merely adapted while the interior is mostly the same. While there aren’t that many technical details about the Stelvio we already know everything about the Giulia – from where it will inhert most of the powertrains. We already know they’ll have the turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline unit with 280 horsepower (209 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters), mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s also going to be a diesel version for sure – and our bet is on the Giulia Veloce’s 2.2-liter turbodiesel packing 210 hp (154 kW) and 347 lb-ft (470 Nm).