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ALFA ROMEO INTRODUCES ALL-NEW STELVIO SUV

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
After the 4C Spider two-seater sports car and the Giulia sedan, Alfa Romeo has introduced the Stelvio SUV to the U.S. The all-new compact luxury ride shares its powertrain with the Giulia: 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine putting out 280 horsepower @ 5200 rpm and 306 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm. Mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox, the double-wishbone front and an Alfa-link design rear suspension effectively eliminate sharp bumps on the road and reduce body roll. Providing a positive on-center response is electric steering. The all-wheel-drive Stelvio can tow up to 3,000 pounds and can take off from 0 to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds with top speed of 144 mph. The “dna” modes available stand for dynamic, natural and advanced efficiency.
Thumbs up to the exterior styling, which keeps up with the Alfa Romeo tradition of a triangular grille hosting the Italian automaker emblem while flanked by horizontal bi-xenon headlights. The functional interior is done nicely with a robust manual tilt/telescopic steering column for a firm grip. Also worth a mention is the 7.7-inch instrument cluster of analog speedometer and tachometer gauges and digital driver information center. Aluminum splashes are sprinkled throughout to lend classiness. The 10-way power front leather seats are not just plush but also comfy. Other niceties include dual auto a/c, steering wheel paddle shifters, power lift gate, 8-speaker sound system, and an optional 8.8-inch nav/audio/phone display ($1,550) as well as the dual-pane sunroof ($1,350).
Dual front and side airbags, front knee airbags, four-wheel antilock brakes with stability/traction control, rearview camera and park assist, hill start assist, tire pressure monitor and daytime running lights are standard.
Undoubtedly, this all-new vehicle enhances the miniscule Alfa Romeo lineup in the U.S. If in the market for a compact luxury SUV that drives like a car with people-hauling practicality and fuel economy, take the Stelvio for a test-drive. And by the way, its name is derived from the famous Stelvio Pass, the highest paved mountain pass in Italy with 48 hairpin turns.

STELVIO SPORT
Tires: 255/45R20
Wheelbase: 111 inches
Length: 184.6 inches
Weight: 4,044 pounds
Fuel capacity: 16.9 gallons
City: 22 mpg
Highway: 28 mpg
Base price: $43,795
Price as tested: $53,585
Web site: www.alfaromeo.com

CALLING ALL ALFA ROMEO DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com