First Look – 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Bold Premium Mid-SUV

by Tony West

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is a stylish new mid-size SUV with an aggressive drivetrain. Unveiled in the U.S. earlier this year, the CUV is already turning heads. Recently prices for the 2018 Stelvio, Stelvio TI and Quadrifoglio were announced with available first-class add-ons.

“From the new Stelvio and Stelvio TI models, to the ultra-high-performance Quadrifoglio model, each of our Alfa Romeo SUVs deliver class-leading power and driving dynamics, standard all-wheel drive, next-level technologies and race-inspired performance, plus gorgeous design and breathtaking style that could only be from an SUV born in Italy,” says Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The 2018 Stelvio ($41,995) features a bold red paintjob with 18 inch aluminum wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights and tail lights, dual bright-tipped exhausts and leather-clad interior with flat-bottomed steering wheel. Inside the luxurious Stelvio is a harmonious blend of high-tech, sport and convenience features. Standard is remote start, passive entry, push button start, backup camera and Alfa Romeo’s exclusive DNA drive mode selector. For an extra $1,800 buyers can get the Sport Package that adds 19 inch wheels, gloss-black window trim, black roof rails, colored brake calipers, aluminum accents, aluminum paddle shifters and sport pedals and a sport steering wheel.

The 2018 Stelvio TI ($43,995) has base Stelvio features and then some. Standard are 19 inch wheels, heated seats, heated steering wheel, wood-trim, 8.8 inch display plus aluminum pedals and footrest.

The Stelvio TI offers the same Sport Package as the base model. The Stelvio TI Lusso offers a more luxurious cabin with Pieno Fiore Italian leather seats with Cannelloini inserts and contrast stitching, 12-way power front seats and wood trim in dark gray oak or light walnut. A luxury steering wheel is also included.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The high-powered Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio gives the CUV stuntastic style and first-class racing chops offering standard 20 inch aluminum wheels and Brembo brakes, high performance leather and Alcantara 14-way adjustable front seats and aluminum paddle shifters. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio also has a sport steering wheel and Quadrifoglio instrument cluster.

The Stelvio and Stelvio TI have an impressive drivetrain with high horsepower and advanced suspension. They feature a 2.0 liter I-4 turbocharged – direct injected engine with a whopping 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque! The Stelvio launches from 0-60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 144 mph. The I-4 engine is matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

All 3 models have a near 50/50 weight distribution and feature Alfa Romeo’s intelligent Q4 all-wheel drive system standard. And the cool DNA drive mode selector has a standard 3 modes on the Stelvio and Stelvio TI; Dynamic with sharper brake and steering, Natural – the comfort setting, and Advanced Efficiency for the lowest fuel consumption. An additional Race mode is featured on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio features a sportier 2.9 liter twin-turbo 24-valve V6 engine with a beastly 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque! With a 200 mph on the dash, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph. Other high performance options for the Stelvio Quadrifoglio include ultra-lightweight carbon fiber Sparco racing seats and Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio interior
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio interior

The Stelvio lineup offers class-leading performance with segment leading torsional rigidity and direct steering plus sport-tuned suspension with the Sport Package. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio features special-tuned adaptive suspension, torque vectoring differential, and a cylinder deactivation system for increased efficiency.

All 3 models have advanced safety technology including blind spot monitoring, Rear Cross Path Detection, front and rear park assist sensors, Full-speed Forward Collision Warning with autonomous braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is on sale now. The Stelvio TI Lusso will be on sale later this year.