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aero_mati
Hi,

Alfa's first SUV, the Stelvio, was unveiled at the Los Angeles autoshow earlier this week.

Presentation video

Kinda looks like a perfume ad, doesn't it?




Source: http://www.caranddriver.com/alfa-romeo/ste...io-quadrifoglio

Assembled at Alfa’s Cassino plant in Frosinone, Italy, the Stelvio is built on the same platform as the Giulia and will be offered in three trim levels: Stelvio, Stelvio Ti, and the high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which has enough distinct features and tuning to be considered a separate model. While the Stelvio and Stelvio Ti both rely on a 280-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four for motivation, the high-performance Quadrifoglio utilizes the 505-hp 2.9-liter turbocharged V-6 from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Aluminum is used extensively in the construction of every Stelvio, including the front and rear subframes, the suspension components (control arms in front, multilink in the rear), the doors, and the fenders; the rear crossmember is partly made of composite plastics to pare more weight.



As you might have guessed, the base Stelvio and the Ti are positioned parallel to the Giulia. Both pair the turbocharged 2.0-liter with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 16-valve single-overhead-cam four-cylinder with direct injection and Fiat’s MultiAir variable-valve-lift system produces the same 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque as it does in the Giulia. The engine produces full torque at a low 2250 rpm and holds on to it until 4500 rpm. Alfa says the all-wheel-drive system can transfer up to 60 percent of torque to the front axle when needed. It’s linked to the Stelvio’s Chassis Domain Controller (CDC) and driver-adjustable Alfa DNA Drive Mode system, which permits the driver to select among Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency modes to modify throttle response, boost pressure, and the settings of the adaptive suspension on the Ti and Quadrifoglio. On the Quadrifoglio, it’s called DNA Pro, while on the base Stelvio, adaptive suspension damping is not available.



A 7.0-inch TFT screen and a pair of traditional white-on-black dial gauges deliver pertinent info to the driver. Leather seating, a Formula 1–inspired flat-bottom steering wheel, push-button start, a backup camera, rear parking sensors, and a power hatch are part of the standard kit. Alfa’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system is standard across the lineup. Harman/Kardon supplies an optional 900-watt, 14-speaker audio system. The standard set of 18-inch aluminum wheels is only one of seven choices, in sizes ranging from 18 to 21 inches in diameter. There are 13 exterior colors offered.

The Ti trim adds standard 19-inch wheels, authentic wood interior trim, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen in place of the standard 6.5-inch display. Ti buyers will also have the option of selecting Sport and Lusso packages; however, at press time, exact details on these packages were not available.



Although the 505-hp 2.9-liter V-6 and its 443 lb-ft of torque may not be all that separates the Stelvio Quadrifoglio from the humbler base and Ti trims, it’s certainly a formidable difference. Alfa is not pulling any punches here, claiming the Quadrifoglio can knock off the zero-to-60-mph run in 3.9 seconds and is good for a top speed of 177 mph. Helping the cause is an eight-speed automatic transmission, a torque-vectoring rear differential, high-performance suspension tune, more robust brakes, and Quadrifoglio-specific wheels. A 200-mph speedometer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim, and a set of 12-way adjustable seats carry the racy theme inside. Those interested in taking things even further can specify lightweight carbon-fiber Sparco seats and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.



Building on the basics of Alfa’s DNA Drive Mode system, the Quadrifoglio’s DNA Pro setup features a fourth setting, appropriately named Race. When selected, it enables an overboost function for the turbos, opens up the two-mode exhaust, turns off the stability control, delivers sharper brake and steering settings, and dials up more aggressive transmission and throttle calibrations. Basically, it sets the stage for the driver to emerge as either a hero or a zero, based entirely on skill level.

More presentation images:








How the actual model looks like:









What are your thoughts on it?

Cheers
Ganz
I'm not really into this type of vehicle. It is a shame they have plagarised the Giulia QV to produce a 'squashed' version of that great GQV shape. Even the interior has been plagarised. Anyone buying the Giulia QV will want to know that what they have is unique and not appearing in an SUV..
aero_mati
QUOTE(Ganz @ 21st November 2016 21:47) *
I'm not really into this type of vehicle. It is a shame they have plagarised the Giulia QV to produce a 'squashed' version of that great GQV shape. Even the interior has been plagarised. Anyone buying the Giulia QV will want to know that what they have is unique and not appearing in an SUV..


I completely agree with you. I think the design is quite overdone (perhaps it's just the QV version), after all it's a SUV there's no need for carbon fibre vents, quad-exhaust tailpipes, big front vents. Don't get me wrong, it's not ugly but it's not a masterpiece. Alfa has been regarded as a brand that combines sportiness and subtlety in its designs, this balance between both should vary depending on the segment, and in the Stelvio that balance is off.

I think something along the lines of the old Kamal concept would have been better.









Ganz
QUOTE(aero_mati @ 22nd November 2016 22:38) *
I completely agree with you. I think the design is quite overdone (perhaps it's just the QV version), after all it's a SUV there's no need for carbon fibre vents, quad-exhaust tailpipes, big front vents. Don't get me wrong, it's not ugly but it's not a masterpiece. Alfa has been regarded as a brand that combines sportiness and subtlety in its designs, this balance between both should vary depending on the segment, and in the Stelvio that balance is off.

I think something along the lines of the old Kamal concept would have been better.









Cute (the one on the right..). Reminds me of the 147 (the thing in the middle). I just don't get the SUVs. Someone I know has got a Porsche one and I wonder why he even brought it lol! Even if it does 300mph and mpg.. Maybe I'm showing my age. Old 'skool' and all that.
aero_mati
QUOTE(Ganz @ 27th November 2016 21:04) *
Cute (the one on the right..). Reminds me of the 147 (the thing in the middle). I just don't get the SUVs. Someone I know has got a Porsche one and I wonder why he even brought it lol! Even if it does 300mph and mpg.. Maybe I'm showing my age. Old 'skool' and all that.


You're not the only one, I don't get them either, if you want something that handles or "feels" like a car and that has more space get a wagon. In my opinion SUVs create a false sense of safety because it's a taller and bigger car and that's why people buy them. My father has a first gen X3 (which I don't like), but roads here are quite bumpy so I get the point of having a vehicle capable of going fast over bumps and road imperfections but in other countries were roads are smooth I might just get an state/wagon car.

It does look a tiny bit like a 147. I quite like it looks unique (or at least it looked at the time), and it's different to the Alfa line of that time (156 ph3, 147 ph2, GT).
Ganz
QUOTE(aero_mati @ 30th November 2016 00:38) *
You're not the only one, I don't get them either, if you want something that handles or "feels" like a car and that has more space get a wagon. In my opinion SUVs create a false sense of safety because it's a taller and bigger car and that's why people buy them. My father has a first gen X3 (which I don't like), but roads here are quite bumpy so I get the point of having a vehicle capable of going fast over bumps and road imperfections but in other countries were roads are smooth I might just get an state/wagon car.

It does look a tiny bit like a 147. I quite like it looks unique (or at least it looked at the time), and it's different to the Alfa line of that time (156 ph3, 147 ph2, GT).


I read that the Guilia SUV is a 503 BHP. Most powerful SUV ever. As long as it's Alfa at the top I suppose I don't mind. biggrin.gif
aero_mati
QUOTE(Ganz @ 30th November 2016 20:16) *
I read that the Guilia SUV is a 503 BHP. Most powerful SUV ever. As long as it's Alfa at the top I suppose I don't mind. biggrin.gif


Yes, I don't like the fact that Alfa made an SUV but I understand it's necessary in order to compete with german brands and to re-introduce the brand in certain markets.
aero_mati
A sneak peak of the "regular" Stelvio



Patent images









Cheers
Ganz
QUOTE(aero_mati @ 1st December 2016 02:21) *
A sneak peak of the "regular" Stelvio



Patent images

Cheers


The guy on the right is the Boss of Alfa. I suppose any thing that gets more Alfas on the road is a good thing.
aero_mati
QUOTE(Ganz @ 2nd December 2016 21:52) *
The guy on the right is the Boss of Alfa. I suppose any thing that gets more Alfas on the road is a good thing.


He is Sergio Marchionne, FCA's CEO. Sure, it's great to see yet another Alfa renaissance thumbup.gif
Ganz
QUOTE(aero_mati @ 3rd December 2016 04:09) *
He is Sergio Marchionne, FCA's CEO. Sure, it's great to see yet another Alfa renaissance thumbup.gif


Agreed!
dante giacosa
you know??

the 'market will decide', I guess...!?

I always wonder; how many of the folk you see in 500's, have ever owned a FIAT before?


So, if these Stelvio's fly out of showrooms- then 'that' really is the 'new' face of Alfa, isn't it..??
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