Report – Alfa Romeo’s SUV might get Stelvio nameplate image

The latest rumor flying around the mill puts Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chief executive officer Sergio Marchionne reportedly confirming Alfa Romeo’s upcoming crossover would be badged as the Stelvio.

Apparently the loose lip episode took place while Marchionne was visiting the Cassino factory to reveal the much anticipated Alfa Romeo Giulia would finally hit the assembly lines starting March 14. The executive of course remained coy on further details but it appears the Stelvio has been chosen as a tribute to a famed mountain pass in Italy.

Alfa Romeo has been keen to reshape its future like the Phoenix bird on countless occasions already, but at least the immediate future plans of the automaker still include the introduction of a mid-size crossover this or the next year. The company has been switching its plans faster than a poker player calling a blind bet but the recent reports put the SUV into production sometimes later this year for market release early 2017.

There isn’t much to go about when trying to figure out the crossover’s details for now but it is believed to be using a reshaped version of Giulia’s architecture. Thus the powertrains will be shared and we can expect the range to come up with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 276 horsepower and a biturbo 2.9-liter six-cylinder engine that goes all the way up to 505 hp and 443 lb-ft pound-feet of torque. Another pair of crossovers – most likely one above and one below the Stelvio – are also tipped for introduction before the turn of the decade.

Via Auto Express