2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio on sale in Australia from $65,900

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has been priced for the Australian market, with the launch of a ‘First Edition’ model to commemorate the occasion.

Starting at $65,900, the Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s first SUV and a rival for the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Audi Q5, Porsche Macan and the upcoming Infiniti QX50. Based on the same ‘Giorgio’ rear- and all-wheel drive platform as the Alfa Romeo Giulia, the Stelvio comes in two guises to begin with: 2.0-litre turbo-petrol and the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel which is $2000 more. The Nurburgring record-setting Stelvio QV, with 375kW and 600Nm will be announced later.

The petrol Stelvio develops 148kW at 4500rpm and 330Nm from just 1750rpm. The turbo-diesel, meanwhile, churns out 154kW and 470Nm from 1750rpm. Both vehicles channel their power through an 8-speed automatic, with all-wheel drive. 0-100km/h claims are 7.2 seconds for the petrol and 6.6 seconds for the diesel, with identical 215km/h top speeds.

Standard equipment includes 19-inch 10 spoke alloys, 7.0 inch colour instrument screen, 8.8-inch infotainment screen with 3D navigation, autonomous emergency braking, rear camera with dynamic guidlines, bi-xenon headlamps, smart key, leather seats and more.

For an additional $5000, the Veloce pack adds sport alloys, aluminium trim inserts, alloy pedals, black roof rails, heated steering wheel and front seats, red brake calipers, sports seats and steering wheel and lots more.

The First Edition – of which only 300 will be avialable – can be had for $71,900 for the Turbo Petrol and $73,900 for Turbo Diesel. It is distinguised by an exclusive alloy wheel design, KONI dampers, 14 speaker, 900W Harman Kardon stereo, privacy glass, black roof rails and many of the features in the Veloce pack, limited to Alfa Red, Alfa White, Vulcano Black, Vesuvio Grey and Stromboli Grey.

The new model is on sale now from the following prices (excludes on-road costs). What do you think of Alfa’s first-ever SUV now that it has landed on Australian shores? Tell us in the comment section below.

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.0L turbo-petrol – $65,900
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.2L turbo-diesel– $67,900

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition 2.0L turbo-petrol – $71,900
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition 2.2L turbo-diesel– $73,900

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.