The Alfa Romeo Stelvio marks a significant milestone for the brand. It has evolved in both the brand’s trademark qualities — perfect weight balance, first-class driving dynamics, best-in-segment technological and engineering solutions — and in that ‘timeless beauty’ of Alfa Romeo Design, which is made to last and has created an authentic ‘artwork in motion’.
The evolution of the Stelvio can be compared to ‘Performance Art’, a new form of art in which the artist’s performance is carried out live in front of spectators. In a similar way, Alfa Romeo’s ‘mechanical creations’ manifest themselves in real life, generating strong emotions and ensuring the best driving experience in the automotive world. But to remain contemporary and up to date, all automotive icons need to evolve, while still preserving the essence of the original design.
A new “look”
Standing out on the front of the Stelvio, the front grille and the lower grilles of the two main air ducts have been given a unique finish, which provides a contemporary reinterpretation of the famous and distinctive “Trilobo” grille. In fact, the headlights are the main new feature on the front: the “3+3” lights are new Full-LED Adaptive Matrix headlights.
These ensure the best lighting conditions thanks to the introduction of two sophisticated technologies: the “Adaptive Driving Beam”, which constantly adjusts the dipped beam headlights based on the speed and driving conditions; the “Glare-Free High Beam Segmented Technology”, which automatically detects both directions of traffic to avoid blinding the other cars; and finally, the third module automatically turns on when turning in curves to guarantee the best lateral lighting.
The new, completely digital instrument panel
The interior includes the new, completely digital 12.3” TFT screen, where one can access all the vehicle’s information. Moreover, the cluster can be reconfigured into three layouts: Evolved, Relax, and Heritage.
Best-in-class driving dynamics
The driving dynamics of Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio continues to lead the segment and provides a visceral driving experience in authentic Alfa Romeo spirit.
Lightness and agility: the Stelvio’s flawless and sporty dynamic behavior is supported by the wide use of ultra-light materials like aluminum (used extensively in the engines) and carbon fibre (used for the drive shaft), features taken directly from the world of racing.
All-wheel drive with Q4 technology
Designed to manage the vehicle’s traction in a reactive and predictive way to ensure the highest levels in terms of performance, efficiency and safety, the Q4 technology guarantees all the benefits of all-wheel drive and, simultaneously, guarantees reduced fuel usage, reactivity and the pleasure of driving a rear-wheel drive vehicle.
Alfa Romeo’s Q4 system allows the vehicle to travel completely in rear-wheel drive and, if tyre grip is approaching its traction limit or according to a specific driver request, instantly delivers up to 50% of the engine torque to the front in less than 150ms.
Alfa Link suspension
Driving an Alfa Romeo is an unforgettable sensation. Stelvio achieves this in the SUV segment thanks to the use of the exclusive Alfa Link™ suspension architecture. On the front, double wishbones with a semi-virtual steering axis (an Alfa Romeo exclusive) optimises dynamics and allows quick steering precision for uncompromised handling. On the rear, a multilink solution was opted for, with four and a half arms – an Alfa Romeo patent – that offers enhanced handling combined with excellent comfort.
Integrated Braking System (IBS)
The electromechanical braking system combines stability control with the braking system, guaranteeing an instantaneous response of the brakes, reducing stopping distances and allowing for significant weight optimisation.
Contributing to the Stelvio’s stellar driving dynamics is the extremely direct steering which has been paired with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with aluminum shift paddles, guaranteeing unparalleled handling in curves. And, finally, for the perfect balance between driving pleasure and assistance systems, the Stelvio offers a complete set of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as an option.
Peace of mind
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce offers peace of mind motoring for five years or 100,000km thank to its warranty and maintenance plan. To be joined later in the year by the Stelvio Q, the Veloce model – available immediately – retails at R1,205,500 with the option of a sunroof at R20 000.