Alfa Romeo Stelvio
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio (Tipo 949) is a front engine, all wheel drive, five door, compact luxury crossover SUV manufactured and marketed by the Alfa Romeo subdivision of FCA since debuting at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show and entering production at the Cassino Plant at the end of 2016. It is current top Alfa sales with about 43,000 samples per year (2018).
|Alfa Romeo Stelvio|
|Assembly||Italy: FCA Cassino Plant, Cassino, Frosinone|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Compact luxury crossover SUV|
|Body style||5-door crossover SUV|
|Layout||F4 layout or FR layout (2.0 Turbo Petrol)|
|Related||Alfa Romeo Giulia (952)|
|Wheelbase||2,818 mm (110.9 in)|
|Length||4,687 mm (184.5 in)|
|Width||1,903 mm (74.9 in) exl mirrors|
|Height||1,648 mm (64.9 in)|
|Kerb weight||1,660 kg (3,660 lb)|
Sharing the platform of the mid-size Giulia sedan, the Stelvio uses FCA's Giorgio platform, ultimately to be shared with Maserati, Dodge and Jeep. The name Stelvio derives from the Stelvio Pass, Italy's highest mountain pass, noted for its 48 circuitous switchbacks.
History and developmentEdit
Preceded by the Kamal concept car in March 2003, the Stelvio is Alfa Romeo's first production SUV, using a modified version of the Giorgio platform shared with the Giulia, available in both rear and all-wheel drive configurations. Alfa Romeo made its first off roader, the Matta, in the 1950s.
The sporting trim level of the Stelvio, the Quadrifoglio, was unveiled on 16 November 2016 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The European versions of the Stelvio were presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. The car's engine lineup is similar to that of the Giulia's, with a turbocharged 2.0 litre inline-four and a 2.2-litre diesel inline four.
The Quadrifoglio trim level will offer a 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6 rated with 510 PS (375 kW; 503 hp) developed by Ferrari for Alfa Romeo. On January 18, 2017, Alfa Romeo began accepting orders for the Stelvio First Edition in the EMEA region. On November 2, 2017, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio went on sale in Italy.
For the model year 2019, diesel engines of the Stelvio got updates to meet the Euro 6d emission standards, with AdBlue technology introduced to tackle particulates in the exhaust. 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) and 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) versions got 10 PS (7 kW; 10 hp) more power.
Also, in the United Kingdom, all models have now an 8.8-inch infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto as standard, and small tweaks have been made throughout the ranges. In Europe, consumption standards now use the WLTP measuring system, which should give more accurate consumption and emission figures.
For 2019 Model year Alfa introduced new trim level for Europe the Ti (Turismo Internazionale), this is slightly different than Ti version already for sale in United States, the Ti has 280 PS 2.0 Turbo Petrol engine, paired with an eight speed automatic transmission, and Q4 all wheel drive.
Chassis, mechanics and suspensionsEdit
The Stelvio uses the same Giorgio platform already used by the Giulia, but slightly modified and raised by 22 cm (8.7 in) compared to the sedan. The Stelvio has also the same engines and most of the mechanics, including a carbon fiber driveshaft. In addition, compared to the Giulia, its track has increased by 2.9 cm (1.1 in) in the rear and 5.4 cm (2.1 in) in the front. It has a boot capacity of 525 l (18.5 cu ft).
It has a 50/50 weight distribution between the two axles, and a drag coefficient of 0.32 (Cd). To help keep the Stelvio's weight in check, Alfa Romeo uses aluminum for many body parts such as the fenders, hood, and tailgate, as well as for mechanical parts such as the suspension, braking system, and engine.
The suspension, called AlfaLink, implements double wishbones in the front, and an aluminum multi-link configuration in the rear. The springs are longer than those in the Giulia, but stiffer to account for the extra weight and ride height. The driver sits 190 mm (7.5 in) higher from the road than in the Giulia.
Alfa's "Q4" all-wheel drive system, which is normally rear drive but sends up to 50% of power to the front in low grip conditions, is standard on all trim levels, except an entry level turbo petrol version. The Stelvio weighs 1,660 kg (3,660 lb) with fluids, 145 kg (320 lb) less than an equivalent BMW X3 and 110 kg (243 lb) less than a four cyl Porsche Macan.
In North America, the Stelvio will be available in three different trim levels: Stelvio, Stelvio Ti (for Turismo internazionale) and Quadrifoglio. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, one limited edition was unveiled (only 108 examples) NRING edition of the Stelvio (Nürburgring inspired special edition).
Quadrifoglio NRING EditionEdit
The NRING edition has Carbon ceramic brakes, Sparco carbonfibre seats, carbonfibre interior trim, a Mopar branded gear shifter and Mopar floor mats, the cars are differentiated on the exterior by NRING badges as well as carbonfibre mirror caps and side skirts. Equipment is upgraded to include adaptive cruise control, and a premium sound system.
In April 2018, NYIAS was unveiled Nero Edizione' Package for Stelvio, a new exterior appearance through special blacked out wheels, badging, and other touches. The Nero Edizione package is available only for the 280 horsepower, 2.0 litre model.
Quadrifoglio Racing EditionEdit
At the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Alfa Romeo Racing limited edition was introduced, which celebrate Alfa Romeo's legendary racing history and the entry of a new Italian driver onto the Formula 1 scene: Antonio Giovinazzi joins the "Alfa Romeo Racing" team with World Champion Kimi Räikkönen. This special edition has exclusive paintwork, as a tribute to the Alfa Romeo Racing C38 Formula 1 car.
It has also some stylistic details like some carbon fibre parts and Akrapovič titanium exhaust system. The weight was shaved off about 28 kg (62 lb) from the standard Quadrifoglio version. The diet was backed up by a technical tune-up by Alfa Romeo engineers that has resulted more torque and power, which reaches 520 PS (382 kW; 513 hp). 
|Euro NCAP test results|
|Alfa Romeo Stelvio (2017)|
The Stelvio was crash tested in July 2017 by Euro NCAP, with a score of 97% for the adult occupant protection. Overall, the Stelvio achieved five star results. For adult protection, the Stelvio did "exceptionally well" , with its near perfect 97 percent score matching that of the Volvo XC90 (all tests are not comparable because Euro NCAP updated its protocols in 2017).
The Stelvio is also fitted with an autonomous emergency braking system (AEB) as standard.
Engines and performanceEdit
|Engine/Transmission||Displacement||Max. power output
|Top speed||0–100 km/h (0–62 mph)||Combined consumption
|Petrol engine range|
|2.0 L I4 GME T4 MultiAir Turbo AT8 Q4||1,995 cc (121.7 cu in)||200 PS (197 hp; 147 kW)||330 N⋅m (243 lb⋅ft) at 1750 rpm||215 km/h (134 mph)||7.2 s||7.0 L/100 km (40 mpg‑imp; 34 mpg‑US)||161|
|2.0 L I4 GME T4 MultiAir Turbo AT8 Q4||1,995 cc (121.7 cu in)||280 PS (276 hp; 206 kW) at 5250 rpm||400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 2,250-4,500 rpm||230 km/h (143 mph)||5.7 s||7.0 L/100 km (40 mpg‑imp; 34 mpg‑US)||161|
|2.9 L 90° V6 24v Twin turbo 690T AT8 Q4||2,891 cc (176.4 cu in)||510 PS (503 hp; 375 kW) at 6,500 rpm||600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) at 2,500–5,500 rpm||283 km/h (176 mph)||3.8 s|
|2.9 L 90° V6 24v Twin turbo MT6||2,891 cc (176.4 cu in)||520 PS (513 hp; 382 kW)||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||limited Racing edition|
|Diesel engine range|
|2.2 L I4 Multijet II AT8||2,143 cc (130.8 cu in)||150 PS (148 hp; 110 kW)||450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 1750 rpm||198 km/h (123 mph)||8.8 s||4.7 L/100 km (60 mpg‑imp; 50 mpg‑US)||124|
|2.2 L I4 Multijet II MT6||2,143 cc (130.8 cu in)||160 PS (158 hp; 118 kW) at 4,000 rpm||450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 1,500 rpm||221 km/h (137 mph)||8.2 s||n/a||129||MY2019|
|2.2 L I4 Multijet II AT8||2,143 cc (130.8 cu in)||180 PS (178 hp; 132 kW)||450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 1750 rpm||210 km/h (130 mph)||7.6 s||4.7 L/100 km (60 mpg‑imp; 50 mpg‑US)||124|
|2.2 L I4 Multijet II AT8 Q4||2,143 cc (130.8 cu in)||180 PS (178 hp; 132 kW)||450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 1750 rpm||210 km/h (130 mph)||7.6 s||4.8 L/100 km (59 mpg‑imp; 49 mpg‑US)||127|
|2.2 L I4 Multijet II MT6||2,143 cc (130.8 cu in)||190 PS (187 hp; 140 kW) at 3,750 rpm||450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm||230 km/h (143 mph)||7.6 s||n/a||149||MY2019|
|2.2 L I4 Multijet II AT8 Q4||2,143 cc (130.8 cu in)||210 PS (207 hp; 154 kW)||470 N⋅m (347 lb⋅ft) at 1750 rpm||215 km/h (134 mph)||6.6 s||4.8 L/100 km (59 mpg‑imp; 49 mpg‑US)||127|
|AT8 8-speed automatic transmission, Q4 all wheel drive.|
North America engines and performanceEdit
|Engine and transmission||Displacement||Max. power||Peak torque||Top speed||0–60 mph (0–97 km/h)||EPA fuel economy
|Petrol engine range|
|2.0 L I4 GME MultiAir Turbo AT8 Q4||1,995 cc (121.7 cu in)||280 hp (284 PS; 209 kW)||306 lb⋅ft (415 N⋅m)||144 mph (232 km/h)||5.4 s||24 mpg‑US (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpg‑imp)|
|2.9 L 90° V6 24v Twin turbo AT8||2,891 cc (176.4 cu in)||505 hp (512 PS; 377 kW)||443 lb⋅ft (600 N⋅m)||177 mph (285 km/h)||3.6 s||19 mpg‑US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg‑imp)|
The highly awarded production car, has received lots of different awards from automotive industry groups and media publishers.
- 2018 'Crossover of the Year' By Popular Mechanics.
- Car and Driver 2018 Editors’ Choice
- SUV of the Year 2018’ for ‘Auto Zeitung’
- Performance SUV of the Year by AVA
- CUV of Texas by Texas Auto Writers Association
- ArabWheels Award 2018
- 2019 Readers' choice awards by the Auto, Motor und sport
- 2019 What Car performance SUV of the year.2019 
- 2019 Auto Bild magazine win of "Design" category "Best Brands" competition.
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