ALFA Romeo Stelvio, the first SUV from the Italian brand, has achieved the coveted Euro NCAP 5-star rating with a 97% score in the protection of adult occupants: an excellent result, considering the extremely strict assessment system introduced in 2016. The cockpit of the Stelvio remained stable in the head-on crash test, and all critical body areas and limbs were also protected for the front passenger in the rigid barrier test.
Tests on the front seats and head restraints proved protection against whiplash injuries in the event of shunting from the rear. What’s more, Alfa Romeo Stelvio is fitted with an autonomous emergency braking system (AEB) as standard. The operating tests at low speeds typical of urban driving provided a good level of performance, with collisions avoided at all testing speeds.
These results were achieved thanks to two fundamental features of the new Alfa Romeo SUV: the efficiency of a body which is as rigid and tough as it is lightweight, with widespread use of ultra-light materials such as aluminium and aluminium composite, and the adoption of a large number of innovative safety devices, which unobtrusively assist the intrinsically exciting driving experience assured by a specially designed chassis and suspension.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio was designed as part of the “Giorgio” family, the name given to the architecture on which the Giulia is based. This architecture has been developed to provide all Alfa Romeo cars with superlative handling, control and safety, as the Euro NCAP 5-star rating also awarded to the Giulia demonstrates. A major investment that is yielding excellent results.
The NCAP award highlights the special attention that Alfa Romeo pays to the safety of all road users and the excellence of the platform on which the Stelvio and Giulia are built.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio order book has opened in South Africa for the “Entry” and “First Edition” models due locally later this year. - Supplied.