Why should you be excited about the arrival of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio?
There are lots of European sports marques that are currently releasing or designing SUVs – but none has been quite as hyped up as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, set to be released in 2018. As expected from media releases, it's essentially a raised version of the Alfa Romeo hatchback, but it's fast. Very fast.
It looks fabulous, just like all Alfa Romeos do, because of the Italian flair and heart built into the car. Under the hood, there's an engine that's even more impressive than the appearance.
What's going to power this car?
The engine touted to be the standard for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a 2.9-litre petrol V6 that produces 375 kilowatts of power and a huge 600 Nm of torque. It's not a large SUV, but that sort of performance will certainly give it plenty of speed off the line. In fact, the official figure from Alfa Romeo engineers is 0 to 100 kph in a mere 3.9 seconds. That's blistering pace for a car that sits so high off the ground.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is an all-wheel-drive car, with torque-vectoring differential a big feature that will help to keep the wheels planted firmly on the road, even around the tightest of bends at a track.
What else will be included in the Alfa Romeo Stelvio?
In the cabin, you can expect to be surrounded by all things luxury. Think leather that's smooth and soft. Plenty of technology, including a 6.5-inch touch-screen infotainment system (and an 8.8-inch screen available as an option). Beautiful lines and curves on the dashboard also remind you exactly what you're driving around in.
For the driver after something a little different from the latest range of sporty SUVs on the market, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio could tick all of your boxes. While official performance figures are not yet finalised, there's enough information out there to tell you that this is a performance SUV that will blow you away.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is something special. It will be amazing to drive, and it might sit perfectly in your garage. It arrives in 2018, so you've got a bit of time to decide if you'll buy one. In the meantime, make sure you're up-to-date with everything going on at Alfa Romeo by heading into the Peter Warren Automotive Alfa Romeo dealership in Sydney.