Alfa's first crossover in decades will arrive in showrooms by the end of the year.Last year, Alfa Romeo traveled to the Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce the 505-horsepower Stelvio Quadrifoglio. We'll finally see the more tamer -- and more affordable -- base and Ti variants in just a few days during the New York Auto Show.The base Stelvio and the Stelvio Ti share the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The direct-injected mill sends 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Alfa's first SUV in decades boasts an enthusiast-approved 50/50 weight distribution, though final performance specifications haven't been published yet.
As expected, the bottom two trim levels look markedly less muscular than the Quadrifoglio range-topper. They sit on smaller alloy wheels, they wear a less aggressive-looking front bumper, and they get black plastic cladding over the wheel arches and the rocker panels. Out back, they receive a bumper without an air diffuser and two exhaust tips instead of four.
The base Stelvio comes standard with 18-inch alloys, leather upholstery, a rear-view camera, remote start, key-less entry, and a flat-bottom steering wheel. Stepping up to the Stelvio Ti brings 19-inch alloys, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, front parking sensors, wood trim on the dashboard, and an 8.8-inch touch screen.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will begin arriving in showrooms before the end of the year. It's aimed right at the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the BMW X3, and the Jaguar F-Pace.
Note: Euro-spec model pictured.