The Alfa Romeo Stelvio was greeted with reams of glowing praise when it debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show back in November, and now we have new information about the cost of entry for the Italian company’s first-ever SUV. Entry-level models will start at $42,990*, which is a competitive number in the segment populated with Jaguar F-Pace, Audi Q5, BMW X3, and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
When Alfa Romeo launched its Giulia sedan late last year, the high-performance Quadrifoglio models led the charge, but with the Stelvio, the company is choosing to roll out the base model and the more upscale Stelvio Ti first. The biggest difference between two will be the Ti’s sport suspension, wood trim, and some creature comforts like heated seats. That said, even the “base” will be fairly well equipped. Power on each flavor comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, which pumps out 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque, and while those aren’t earth-shattering numbers in this age of crazy powerful cars, performance is still pretty impressive.
The Stelvio will make the zero-to-60 sprint in 5.4 seconds and continue all the way up to 144 mph, which should make for some inspired trips for the grocery store. One trick feature will be a steering-wheel-mounted start button, which is something seen on the vehicles of Alfa Romeo’s legendary corporate cousin, Ferrari. In a nod to the company’s high-performance heritage, that wheel will also have a flat bottom. To keep weight to a minimum, there’s also a liberal use of composite materials, including a feather-weight carbon fiber driveshaft.
At this point, we still don’t know how much the range-topping Quadrifoglio model will command, but given its bevy of performance goodies — not to mention the 505-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 — we expect it to be a pretty significant jump from the base model. And while there’s no word on exactly when the hot rod version will arrive, you’ll be able to check out the Stelvio at your local AutoNation-affiliated Alfa Romeo dealer this summer.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.