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Alfa Romeo Stelvio shows up in base model form again

December 5, 2016

Following an inadvertent reveal of the lower-end variant of the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio in an Italian TV news show, some more images of the entry-level models have now hit the web. So far Alfa has only (officially) shown the top-spec QV variant.

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This time we get a decent look at the rear end, which does without the aggressive body trimmings that the QV variant gets. This should help to give Alfa’s first-ever SUV some off-road capability.

The small, more practical alloy wheels and their taller profile tyres should also assist with all-terrain ability, while helping to provide a more comfortable ride and improved comfort over the performance derivative.

As we know, the Stelvio is based on the same platform that debuted under the Giulia mid-size sedan. This is expected to help make the Stelvio one of the nicer handling SUVs in the specific vehicle class – likely going up against the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Mercedes GLC.

Alfa has confirmed it will be offering a range of four-cylinder engine options for the range, consisting of a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol producing up to 210kW. A 2.2-litre turbo-diesel is also likely, developing between 110kW and up to 155kW.

All variants are set to come with an eight-speed automatic, with manual potentially being an option on the base models for some markets. All are also expected to be equipped with all-wheel drive. Market entry will take place next year.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.