Speaking with English publication Auto Express, Alfa Romeo confirmed the Guilia’s bigger brother which, remains unnamed at this point, will be available for purchase by 2018. It will come in as a successor to the old 166.
The new model is set to share underpinnings with the rear-wheel drive Guilia (pictured above), as well as benefit from the existing engine and transmission lineup. This includes Alfa’s new 2.2-litre diesel, with outputs of 110kW and 132kW, depending on the variant, and a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder with 146kW.
The Giulia will be offered with the choice of four engines, two turbocharged petrols and two 2.1-litre turbo-diesels, the latter of which will be the best sellers. Controversially though, all come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard and a manual isn’t even an option – an odd lack of choice in a car with an Alfa badge. The diesels come in 150bhp or 180bhp forms, both of which average 67.2mpg fuel economy and boast emissions as low as 109g/km.
Both diesels remain fast cars though with the 180bhp version taking just 7.1 seconds for the 0 to 60mph sprint and a 143mph top speed. There’s also plenty of thrust for overtaking but the new engine is betrayed by the racket it makes when worked hard.
Proportionally, it appears as though the Stelvio will follow in the footsteps of BMW’s X1, Audi Q3, Lexus NX and Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class. There’s just one difference: It will have sharper styling where the BMW seems a touch goofy, the Audi is a bit too clinical, the NX is too sharp and the Mercedes is a little too rounded off.
So, we have to ask: IF FCA builds a Stelvio that looks like THIS, would YOU give it a shot against the latest and greatest from Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes?