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Alfa Romeo Stelvio XL Rendering Adds Space to Italian Flair

They say that you're not a true petrolhead until you've owned an Alfa Romeo. But what if you're already in your 40s with two kids when you just realized that? Thankfully, the Italian company has recently launched its first SUV, the Stelvio.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio XL Rendering Adds Space to Italian Flair 3 photos
Alfa Romeo Stelvio XL Rendering Adds Space to Italian FlairAlfa Romeo Stelvio XL Rendering Adds Space to Italian Flair
It's named after one of the best driving roads in the world. But even though this was supposed to be a family car, all they want to talk about is the Quadrifoglio version with a V6 tuned by Ferrari. We know from the BMW X3 and Jaguar F-Pace that 90% of Europeans just want a 2.0-liter turbodiesel. Another trend worth pointing out is adding an extra pair of seats at the back.

According to Italian Car Road Test Cliche Swear Box, I can't use any words like "flair' or "passion." The title of this article has already cost me a dollar, and with Christmas coming up, my bank account is already running dry. So let's just focus on the rendering.

Theophilus Chin
has made this pair of images of what he calls "Stelvio XL," which kind of reminds us of the Tiguan XL. Alfa already has plans to launch a bigger SUV that rivals the BMW X5 and maybe even the Porsche Cayenne. But should it look like this?

Well, we don't see any reason why it shouldn't, since they used the exact same design language for the Stelvio as they did for the Giulia sedan. I can't say I particularly like it, but at least there's more soul and flair than in the MiTo. $2, oh dear!

I'm not sure how many people will walk into an Alfa dealership and say "I want a 7-seater." But they should at least enjoy an SUV that looks less like a hatchback and more like a family vehicle. It would also make the Fiat Freemont obsolete.

But the question is: should they put quad exhaust, big brakes and a twin-turbo V6 tuned by Ferrari on something that competes with the Kia Sorento and Nissan Pathfinder?

 
 
 
 
 

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