Underpinned by the Giorgio platform that made its debut in the Alfa Romeo Giulia (Tipo 952), the Stelvio will be inherently rear-wheel-drive. Q4 all-wheel-drive will be offered as an optional extra in conjunction with select engines and transmissions. Speaking of which, those are a 2.0-liter inline-four turbo, 2.2-liter turbo diesel, and a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with Ferrari know-how imbued into it. Later on, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel V6 engine developed by VM Motori could be added to the lineup.
On the cog-swapping front, a six-speed Getrag manual will come as standard. For those who can’t be bothered to shift their own gears, the tried-and-tested ZF 8HP eight-speed automatic transmission will do. The least powerful engine will be the 150 PS (110 kW) version of the 2.2 JTDM turbo diesel. Higher up, the 2.9 TT V6 we all know and love from the Giulia Quadrifoglio will motivate the Stelvio’s all four wheels with 510 PS (503 horsepower) and 600 Nm (443 lb-ft) of get-up-and-go.
To those who argue that an Alfa SUV is a bit of a sacrilege, pucker up. To deny this segment in this day and age is the shortest road to certain death for Fiat Chrysler, a manufacturer that continues to struggle from a financial standpoint. Sometime after Alfa Romeo rolls out the Stelvio, the Italian manufacturer will bolster its presence with the Tipo 962 C-SUV. The latter is expected to arrive in RWD and AWD forms to take on the Audi Q3, BMW X1, and the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.