SUVs & Trucks

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Caught Testing At The Nurburgring

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has been spotted once again, but this time with less camouflage. The luxurious compact crossover SUV was caught testing at the Nurburgring, so it gotta be that the car manufacturer is doing some of the final tests ahead of debut, which is scheduled for the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio: New Details

Although still tightly wrapped, the prototype revel some specific details. We thought earlier that the SUV might borrow most of the exterior design from the outstanding Maserati Levante, but instead, the producer decided to make it more original. A mesh front end implies that the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio could look a lot to the Giulia, but the reality is a little bit different. The crossover uses the same grille and maybe the headlights, but everything else is distinctive and unique. Hood design sports deep creases toward the edges, while dynamic rooflines determine the segment of the upcoming vehicle. Speaking of which, the 2018 Stelvio SUV will fight in the highly popular class with models such as the Volvo’s XC60, BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, so it must possess a top-notch quality, interesting design and superb handling.

Performance and Arrival

When we touched on handling topic, we gotta mention that the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio rides on the modified “Giorgio” platform, so the SUV should offer rear-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an option. The powertrain lineup isn’t too hard to guess, because it would share everything with the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia. The base model will drive a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine with 276hp, while the range-topping model gets an amazing twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter mill, which could develop up to 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.

According to newest reports, the astonishing crossover SUV could appear in Europe a month earlier, at this year Paris Auto Show, which starts in September.