Cape Town – Alfa Romeo’s first utlity vehicle has arrived in South Africa and the automaker aims to upset the local medium-sized, premium SUV market.
Why the Stelvio moniker? The name is derived from the iconic Stelvio Pass; Italy's highest mountain pass and Highway 38, which crosses it, over 20km in length and with more than 75 hairpin bends.
The Stelvio offers the Alfa Romeo Q4 all-wheel drive system, and can be optionally equipped with mechanical locking rear differential. The new SUV measures 4.7m long, 1.7 tall and 2.2 wide.
At the time of launch, the Stelvio will be available in 'Super' guise as well as the limited First Edition with the choice of eleven body colours and three alloy wheels (from 18" to 20"). More on the range, including prices, at the end of this article.
The SUV is powered by a 4-cylinder unit 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol capable of 206kW/400Nm, mated to a 8-speed automatic transmission. The Stelvio, says Alfa, features best-in-class acceleration - 0 to 100km/h in just 5.7 seconds, with a top speed of 230 km/h.
The Stelvio features the new Alfa DNA selector, which modifies the car's dynamic behaviour as selected by the driver: Dynamic, Natural and Advanced Efficiency.
Inside, it have a high level of on-board comfort with the dual-zone climate control, 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. It has 525 litres of boot space which, says Alfa Romeo, competes with the best in the segment, and has an electronic tailgate.
Stelvio features a number of safety systems, available as standard. Key amongst 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.
The Super guise offers leather seats available in three colours (black, brown and red), a perfect combination with the dashboard and door panel options. This version can also be equipped with luxury seats upholstered in choice full grain leather (in black, brown or red), sill with metal inserts and two different steering wheels; luxury with superior leather and sports with specific grip and leather wrapping.
Alfa UConnect 3D Nav
Alfa Romeo Stelvio is equipped with the ground-breaking Alfa Connect system – developed in partnership with Magneti Marelli – with a sophisticated set of features, especially the latest-generation HMI interface, with the system controlled from the Rotary Pad and the 8.8”display incorporated in the dashboard design. With a class-leading voice recognition system, the device allows full connectivity with all mobile devices (with Apple iOS and Android operating systems).
The Stelvio Super is equipped as standard with a sophisticated audio system with 8 speakers (4 woofers and 4 tweeters) and the First Edition is equipped with 10 speakers (4 woofers, 4 tweeters, a mid-range and a subwoofer in the boot). The optional Harman Kardon system, features 14 speakers (4 woofers, 4 tweeters, 5 mid-range and a subwoofer).
The Super version features 18" alloy wheels, leather seats in three colours (black, brown and red), and complimentary colours for the dashboard and door panels and sill with steel insert. The Stelvio Super can also be ordered with the optional Luxury Pack which includes seats with electrical adjustment and heating, as well as real wood inserts and aluminium inserts and steel pedal trims.
The First Edition features all the standard equipment of the Super, with the addition of 20” alloy wheels, full grain leather upholstery, 10 speaker sound system, Active Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Monitoring electric sunroof and numerous other customer benefits.
Prices starts from R810 000 for the Super and the First Edition is priced at R946 000.
The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio range is sold with a 3 year or 100 000km Warranty and a 6 year or 100 000km Maintenance plan as standard.