Alfa Romeo Stelvio
ManufacturerAlfa Romeo
Model years2017–present
AssemblyItaly: Cassino Plant, Piedimonte San Germano (FR)[1]
Body and chassis
ClassCompact luxury crossover SUV (D)
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutF4 layout or FR layout (2.0 Turbo Petrol)[2]
PlatformFCA Giorgio Platform
RelatedAlfa Romeo Giulia (952)
Maserati Grecale
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Wheelbase2,818 mm (110.9 in)
Length4,687 mm (184.5 in)
Width1,903 mm (74.9 in) excl mirrors
Height1,648 mm (64.9 in)
Kerb weight1,660 kg (3,660 lb)

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio (Tipo 949) is a compact luxury crossover SUV manufactured and marketed by the Alfa Romeo subdivision of Stellantis (formely with FCA), first revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, and entering production at the Cassino Plant at the end of 2016.[3] It is currently Alfa Romeo's best-selling model, with roughly 43,000 sold in 2018.

The Stelvio uses FCA's Giorgio platform, shared with the D-segment Giulia saloon.[4] The name Stelvio derives from the Stelvio Pass,[1] Italy's highest mountain pass, noted for its 48 circuitous switchbacks.[5]

History and development


Preceded by Alfa Romeo's first off roader, the Matta, in the 1950s[6] and the Kamal concept car in March 2003, the Stelvio is Alfa Romeo's first production SUV, using a modified version of the Giorgio platform, shared with the Giulia, and available in both rear and all-wheel drive configurations.[7]

The high-performance trim of the Stelvio, the Quadrifoglio, was unveiled on 16 November 2016 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The European versions of the Stelvio were presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. The car's engine lineup is similar to that of the Giulia's, with a turbocharged 2.0 litre inline-four and a 2.2 litre diesel inline four.

The Quadrifoglio trim level offers a 2.9 litre 690T twin-turbo V6 rated at 510 PS (375 kW; 503 hp), developed for Alfa Romeo by Ferrari.[8] On January 18, 2017, Alfa Romeo began accepting orders for the Stelvio First Edition in the EMEA region. On November 2, 2017, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio went on sale in Italy.[9]

For the 2019 model year, diesel engines of the Stelvio were updated to meet the Euro 6d emissions standards, with AdBlue technology introduced to tackle particulates in the exhaust. Both the 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) and 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) versions got 10 PS (7 kW; 10 hp) more from this change. In addition, Alfa Romeo introduced a new trim level for Europe: the Ti (Turismo Internazionale). Slightly different than the similarly-named Stelvio Ti on sale in the United States, the Euro-spec Ti is fitted with the TBI-M 2.0-litre inline-four, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with power sent to all four wheels through Alfa Romeo's Q4 all wheel drive system.[10]

All models feature an 8.8 inch infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto as standard, while small tweaks have been made throughout the ranges.[11] In Europe, consumption standards use the WLTP measuring system, which increases accuracy for consumption and emission figures.

Chassis, mechanics and suspensions


The Stelvio uses the same Giorgio platform already used by the Giulia, but slightly modified and raised by 22 cm (8.7 in). The Stelvio has also the same engines and most of the mechanics, including a carbon fiber driveshaft. In addition, its track width has increased by 2.9 cm (1.1 in) in the rear and 5.4 cm (2.1 in) in the front. It has a boot capacity of 525 l (18.5 cu ft).

It has a 50/50 weight distribution and a drag coefficient of 0.32 (Cd).[12] To help keep the Stelvio's weight in check, Alfa Romeo uses aluminum for body parts, such as the fenders, hood, and tailgate, as well as for mechanical parts such as the suspension, brakes, and engine.

The suspension, called AlfaLink, implements double wishbones in the front, and an aluminum multi-link configuration in the rear. The springs are longer than those in the Giulia, but stiffer to account for the extra weight and ride height. The driver sits 190 mm (7.5 in) higher from the road than in the Giulia.[13]

Rear-wheel drive as standard, the Stelvio can be optioned with Alfa Romeo "Q4" all wheel drive system, which can send up to 50% of power to the front in low-grip conditions. The Stelvio weighs 1,660 kg (3,660 lb) with all fluids, 145 kg (320 lb) less than an equivalent BMW X3 and 110 kg (243 lb)[14] less than a four cylinder Porsche Macan.[13]


Stelvio Q Racing Edition

In North America, the Stelvio is available in seven different trim levels: Stelvio, Stelvio Sport, Stelvio Ti (for Turismo internazionale; this trim has four levels: Ti, Ti Lusso, Ti Sport, and Ti Sport Carbon), and the top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, a limited edition (only 108 examples) NRING trim of the Stelvio (Nürburgring-inspired special edition) was unveiled.

Quadrifoglio NRING Edition

The NRING edition has carbon-ceramic brakes, Sparco seats, carbon-fiber interior trim, and a Mopar-branded gear shifter and floor mats. The cars are differentiated on the exterior by NRING badges as well as carbon-fiber mirror caps and side skirts. Equipment is upgraded to include adaptive cruise control, and a premium sound system.[15]

Nero Edizione

In April 2018, NYIAS unveiled a Nero Edizione Package for the Stelvio. This edition grants a new exterior appearance through special blacked out wheels, badging, and other touches. The Nero Edizione package is available only for the 280 horsepower, 2.0 litre model.[16]

Quadrifoglio Racing Edition

At the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, Alfa Romeo Racing limited edition was introduced, which celebrate Alfa Romeo's legendary racing history and the entry of a new Italian driver onto the Formula 1 scene: Antonio Giovinazzi joins the "Alfa Romeo Racing" team with World Champion Kimi Räikkönen. This special edition has exclusive paintwork, as a tribute to the Alfa Romeo Racing C38 Formula 1 car.

Carbon fibre parts, an Akrapovič titanium exhaust system,[17] and other tweaks shave off about 28 kg (62 lb) from the standard Quadrifoglio version. The retuned engine now produces 520 PS (382 kW; 513 hp).[18]


Euro NCAP test results
Alfa Romeo Stelvio (2017)[19]
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 37 97%
Child occupant: 41.6 84%
Pedestrian: 30.2 71%
Safety assist: 7.3 60%

The Stelvio was crash tested in July 2017 by Euro NCAP. Overall, the Stelvio achieved five star results. For adult protection, the Stelvio did "exceptionally well" , with its near perfect 97% matching that of the Volvo XC90 (all tests are not comparable because Euro NCAP updated its protocols in 2017).

The Stelvio is also fitted with an autonomous emergency braking system (AEB) as standard.[20]

Facelift (2020)

Alfa Romeo introduced the newly updated Stelvio in China, with both the Giulia and the Stelvio featuring updated interiors, a new 8.8 inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, which now offers a WiFi hotspot, over the air software upgrades, integrated emergency call function, and call assistant function.

There is new leather wrapped multi function steering wheel and gear lever, with revised dashboard materials.[21] The debut for North America was in the 2019 LA Auto Show.

Engines and performance

On 29 September 2017, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio claimed the title of "World’s Fastest Production SUV", with a Nürburgring lap time of 7 minutes, 51.7 seconds.[22]

2.9 L V6 Quadrifoglio Twin Turbo engine
2.9 L V6 Quadrifoglio Twin Turbo engine
Engine/Transmission Displacement Max. power output
Peak torque
Top speed 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) Combined consumption
CO2 emissions
Petrol engine range
2.0 L I4 GME T4 MultiAir Turbo AT8 Q4 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) 200 PS (197 hp; 147 kW) 330 N⋅m (243 lb⋅ft) at 1750 rpm 215 km/h (134 mph) 7.2 s 7.0 L/100 km (40 mpg‑imp; 34 mpg‑US) 161
2.0 L I4 GME T4 MultiAir Turbo AT8 Q4 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) 250 PS (247 hp; 184 kW) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 2020 Italian "superbollo" tax version[23]
2.0 L I4 GME T4 MultiAir Turbo AT8 Q4[24] 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) 280 PS (276 hp; 206 kW) at 5250 rpm[25] 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 2,250–4,500 rpm 230 km/h (143 mph) 5.7 s 7.0 L/100 km (40 mpg‑imp; 34 mpg‑US) 161
2.9 L 90° V6 24v Twin turbo 690T AT8 Q4 2,891 cc (176.4 cu in) 510 PS (503 hp; 375 kW) at 6,500 rpm 600 N⋅m (443 lb⋅ft) at 2,500–5,500 rpm 283 km/h (176 mph) 3.8 s
2.9 L 90° V6 24v Twin turbo MT6 2,891 cc (176.4 cu in)[26] 520 PS (513 hp; 382 kW) n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a limited Racing edition
Diesel engine range
2.2 L I4 Multijet II AT8 2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) 150 PS (148 hp; 110 kW) 450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 1750 rpm 198 km/h (123 mph) 8.8 s 4.7 L/100 km (60 mpg‑imp; 50 mpg‑US) 124
2.2 L I4 Multijet II MT6[27] 2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) 160 PS (158 hp; 118 kW) at 4,000 rpm 450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 1,500 rpm 221 km/h (137 mph) 8.2 s n/a 129 MY2019
2.2 L I4 Multijet II AT8 2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) 180 PS (178 hp; 132 kW) 450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 1750 rpm 210 km/h (130 mph) 7.6 s 4.7 L/100 km (60 mpg‑imp; 50 mpg‑US) 124
2.2 L I4 Multijet II AT8 Q4 2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) 180 PS (178 hp; 132 kW) 450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 1750 rpm 210 km/h (130 mph) 7.6 s 4.8 L/100 km (59 mpg‑imp; 49 mpg‑US) 127
2.2 L I4 Multijet II MT6[27] 2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) 190 PS (187 hp; 140 kW) at 3,750 rpm[28] 450 N⋅m (332 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm 230 km/h (143 mph) 7.6 s n/a 149 MY2019
2.2 L I4 Multijet II AT8 Q4[28] 2,143 cc (130.8 cu in) 210 PS (207 hp; 154 kW)[28] 470 N⋅m (347 lb⋅ft) at 1750 rpm 215 km/h (134 mph) 6.6 s 4.8 L/100 km (59 mpg‑imp; 49 mpg‑US) 127
AT8 eight speed automatic transmission, Q4 all wheel drive.

North American engines and performance

Engine and transmission Displacement Max. power Peak torque Top speed 0–60 mph (0–97 km/h) EPA fuel economy
Petrol engine range
2.0 L I4 GME MultiAir Turbo AT8 Q4 1,995 cc (121.7 cu in) 280 hp (284 PS; 209 kW) 306 lb⋅ft (415 N⋅m) 144 mph (232 km/h) 5.4 s 24 mpg‑US (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpg‑imp)
2.9 L 90° V6 24v Twin turbo AT8 2,891 cc (176.4 cu in) 505 hp (512 PS; 377 kW) 443 lb⋅ft (600 N⋅m) 177 mph (285 km/h) 3.6 s 19 mpg‑US (12 L/100 km; 23 mpg‑imp)


Calendar Year United States[29] Europe[30]
2017 2,721 17,159
2018 12,043 30,099
2019 9,444 26,866
2020 10,284 17,438


Awards from automotive industry groups and media publishers included:


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