2018 ALFA ROMEO STELVIO SPIED AHEAD OF L.A. DEBUT

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These may be the last spy photos of the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, because the Italian car manufacturer plans to introduce it at the upcoming Los Angeles auto show. Alfa’s first ever SUV is still completely wrapped, but the camo appears to be very skinny, so we can see what’s under.

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EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR

The latest testing model reveals some amazing details on the exterior, which are quite familiar. This is because the 2018 Stelvio shares plenty of styling tweaks with the gorgeous Giulia, especially in the front end, which gets the identical grille and headlights. As for the profile, the bodywork is pretty interesting almost coupe-like, so the SUV looks really dynamic in all. Around back, the vehicle gets Alfa Romeo’s distinctive hatch without big surprises. Still, the rear seems very smooth.

Inside, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will also share a lot with the Giulia. This particularly refers to the instrument cluster, the center stack and the infotainment display, but the rest of the cab will be totally different. The SUV is Italian job, so the design should be the strongest card to play. This is because we expect only premium materials, leather upholstery, contrast stitching, as well as aluminum inserts all around. The carmaker might also add carbon-fiber for top-dog model.

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ENGINE OPTIONS AND PLATFORM

The first ever SUV from Alfa Romeo will use a bit modified rear-wheel-drive Giorgio platform. This is why we expect to see both, the RWD and AWD models. Still, the all-wheel drive will prevail across the trim levels. The US model will offer two engines, so you can choose between the base turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 and the impressive twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6. The 2.0-liter mill is capable to deliver 276 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, while the optional V6 unit could easily produce over 500 horsepower, which is really fantastic. Overseas, the 2018 Stelvio will also offer a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 diesel engine, while the North American drivers won’t see this oil-burner in the near future. In any case, the engines will be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Yet, some reports indicate that there might be an optional six-speed manual gearbox. This would be nice…

ARRIVAL

Like we already said, the SUV will make its official debut at the L.A. auto show, but it won’t become available before the next summer.

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