ANOTHER PREMIUM SUV: Alfa Romeo's new Stelvio will take on the contenders in the SUV segment. Image: Newspress
Milan - Earlier in February, we spotted the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the firm's first SUV in over 100 years.
The SUV was in South Africa for hot weather testing, you can see those photographs here.
Available in three trim levels - Stelvio, Stelvio Super and Stelvio Tecnica – it will initially be available with a choice of a 208kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol or a 156kW 2.2-litre diesel engine, both combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive.
The Stelvio will reach local shores in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Three trim levels and two engines
The introduction of the Stelvio Tecnica, it is exclusively available with the diesel engine, it features the 22cm Alfa Connect 3D Nav, Bi-Xenon headlights with AFS and electric folding mirrors.
The new SUV use AlfalinkTM technology – the most direct steering ratio in the segment and state-of-the-art suspension according to the firm.
Spotted: Alfa Romeo Stelvio in Cape Town
Combined with ultra-lightweight, hi-tech materials, such as carbon fibre for the drive shaft and aluminium for the engines, suspension systems, hood, wings, doors and the tailgate, the car can boast sector leading handling and the Q4 all-wheel drive system.
The 525-litre boot features a electric tailgate that can be configured with eight different setup levels.