The History and Evolution of Alfa Romeo’s SUV Line

It’s called the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and it’s one of the most impressive looking SUVs that’s ever put tires to the road. Obviously, anything that is made by Alfa Romeo is something to pay attention to, as these are some of the most luxurious performance automobiles of all time. That being said, it was something of a long-held belief that Alfa Romeo was simply not going to get involved in the manufacture of SUVs. After all, the company is known for producing great cars, and that wasn’t exactly a formula they were anxious to mess with. However, as the SUV became more and more popular over time, they were forced to go back and re-evaluate a few things. The most important thing they needed to look at involved the possibility of losing customers who were more interested in driving an SUV instead of a car.

The end result was that in 2016, the auto maker decided that it was time to make some major changes, effectively creating a program that would research and the produce a quality SUV that was unlike anything else on the road. They took their time with the program, choosing not to rush into things. As a direct result, it took a full two years for the program to bring an SUV into production. In 2018, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio became a reality. If you’re interested in how the vehicle line has progressed in the two years since it started, all you need to do is keep reading, starting with the 2018 model year and progressing into the current year model.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Starting with the engine, the company wanted its customers to have choices. Therefore, they made the decision to provide a choice of two different engine combinations. The gasoline version is a 2.0 liter inline four-cylinder engine. Even though this engine produces enough power to get the job done, there were still customers who wanted more. In that case, there was also an available 2.2 liter inline four-cylinder engine that ran on diesel. The SUV also came in both Rear-Wheel Drive and All-Wheel Drive configurations, leaving the major decisions up to the people who would be spending the greatest amount of time inside the vehicles-the drivers. There was also a choice when it came to the level of luxury for the interior. The European version was designed specifically to be more luxurious and the Sport model was designed to give drivers that feeling of driving a sport vehicle without forcing them to give up the more important aspects of comfort.

2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

If you’re curious about the changes involved for the current model year, you’ll be glad to know that the manufacturer made the decision to keep the most important things the same. That being said, they also decided to make a few changes that would undeniably improve the overall performance of the vehicle. For example, they changed the engine to be more compliant with the most recent emissions regulations. This is also good news for drivers, especially from a performance standpoint. The change to some newer engine exhaust technology actually resulted in an increase in horsepower. The engine now produces about 10 more horsepower than it did before the update. There is also a completely revamped information and entertainment system, allowing drivers and passengers alike to access virtually anything they want, and it’s all right there at their fingertips.

Of course, Alfa Romeo knew what to leave alone too, which is just as important as knowing what to update. In this particular case, the handling characteristics of the vehicle, which have already become nothing short of legendary, were left untouched. The first Stelvios to roll of the showroom floor incorporated a unique weight distribution that perfectly balances the vehicle, with half of the weight in the front and the other half in the back. This makes the SUV easier to drive than most, even in challenging conditions. Clearly, this was not something the company wanted to change, and they might have been considered crazy if they had. If they keep going at this pace, there’s no telling how legendary the SUV might become. In all likelihood, they have started something that other luxury and performance automakers will follow.


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