The Italian brand’s first SUV makes its Singaporean debut, priced provisionally at $238,000 with COE
SINGAPORE – Another player has entered the luxury SUV fold and this time, it’s not one of your usual suspects.
Say hello to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the first sport utility vehicle in the brand’s 108-year history. Local distributor EuroAutomobile is currently taking down “expressions of interest” (aka pre-orders) as the car undergoes the Land Transport Authority’s homologation process.
As a result, pricing has not been finalised, but the provisional estimate is at (or slightly below) $238,000 with Certificate of Entitlement – which includes a probable $20,000 VES surcharge (band C2).
The Stelvio is named after the Stelvio Pass, one of Europe’s most spectacular roads and the highest in Italy, which is sort of appropriate given that the Stelvio is Alfa’s tallest ever car.
Despite that, it actually shares its platform with the Giulia saloon, which means aluminium-intensive construction, a carbonfibre driveshaft, 50/50 weight distribution, and probably explains the similarity in looks too.
For now, the only variant available is the Stelvio Super, which has a 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four, 8-speed ZF auto gearbox, and four wheel drive; performance figures are as follows: 200hp, 330Nm of torque, 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds, 215km/h top speed and claimed fuel economy of 7.0L/100km.
The Stelvio’s price may be high (key rivals like the Audi Q5, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace and Volvo XC60 cost about the same but are more powerful), but then it’s also stacked to the rafters with features. The Super gets a panoramic sunroof, memory front seats, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.
Further down the line, EuroAutomobile is planning to bring in the rest of the Stelvio range and give it a public debut around the time of the 2019 Singapore Motorshow. That will include the Stelvio Veloce, running a 280hp version of the same 2.0-litre engine, and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 monster with 510hp, which currently holds the title of Fastest Production SUV around the Nurburgring race track.