Stelvio: An SUV true to the Alfa Romeo spirit

2019-03-27 06:00
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ALFA Romeo’s first SUV, the Stelvio, promises a thrilling driving experience, outstanding performance and sporty style true to the “Alfa spirit”.

It is the perfect blend of heritage, speed and beauty. This alchemy forms an integral part of the brand’s history and achieves a mix of the three ingredients of Alfa Romeo design: proportion, simplicity and top-quality finishes.

Exciting handling

The Stelvio Pass is Italy’s highest mountain pass and Highway 38, which crosses it, over 20km in length and with more than 75 hairpin bends, has iconic status.

In true Alfa Romeo tradition, the Stelvio delivers impeccable handling, worthy of a real sports car, balanced weight distribution, the most direct steering ratio in the segment and state-of-the-art suspension with the exclusive Alfalink technology.

Styling

The Stelvio’s exterior styling has a strong identity, built around select features, like the legendary Cloverleaf front, perhaps the most recognisable hallmark in automotive styling.

The rear is eye-catching too, because of the dual sports exhaust tips, and from the “Kamm tail” styling that gives the car a unique, character, while also paying tribute to Alfa Romeo’s history.

Its interior brings Italian style into the world of the medium-sized premium SUV: it’s exclusive, tasteful and elegant, with room for passengers to enjoy.

The Stelvio gives the driver complete control thanks to the new Alfa DNA selector as well as the high driving position, which doesn’t detract from the driving pleasure expected of a genuine Alfa Romeo sports car.

It also ensures a high level of on-board comfort with the dual zone climate control system, the sophisticated Alfa Connect infotainment system and a fine audio system, with 8, 10 or 14 speakers (in this case by Harman Kardon) depending on version.

The 525 F boot competes with the best in the segment and has a convenient electric tailgate that can be set with three different opening levels, directly from the Alfa Rotary selector.

Also provided is a clear TFT colour information display cluster which supplies all essential information, while the driver/car interface consists of two rotary controls for easy, immediate use of the Alfa DNA selector and Alfa Connect system.

Alfa Connect has an 8.8-inch high resolution display, with integral 3D navigation function, developed in partnership with Magneti Marelli.

Innovative engineering

The Stelvio features a number of sophisticated safety systems, available as standard or optional depending on the version. Key among them is the integrated brake system (IBS), forward collision warning and autonomous emergency brake with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring (BSM) with rear cross-path detection and active cruise control.

Outstanding performance

The Stelvio boasts a powerful 2.0F Turbocharged petrol engine featuring a power output of 206kW (280 HP) and 400Nm of torque. The four-cylinder unit, built entirely from aluminium is combined with the eight-speed automatic transmission, driving a carbon drive shaft and Q4 all-wheel drive.

The Stelvio engine features best-in-class acceleration, powering from 0 to 100km/h in just 5.7 seconds, with a top speed of 230km/h.

Auto 8-speed transmission

The eight-speed automatic transmission fitted is specifically calibrated for fast, smooth gear shifts. Depending on the mode chosen with the Alfa DNA selector, it optimises fluidity, comfort and ease of driving in all environments, including around town, and further improves fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Steering-column-mounted, aluminium paddle shifters are available as standard.

PRICING

The Stelvio is available in Super, as well as the limited First Edition.

Pricing starts from R810 000 for the Super and the First Edition is priced at R946 000. It features a three-year/100 000km warranty and a six-year/100 000km maintenance plan as standard.

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