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ON THE ROAD- Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio SUV on the way

Following in the footsteps of their Giulia saloon, Alfa Romeo has revealed pricing and specification details for its first ever SUV, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, with prices starting from €47,295 (ex-works) for an Alfa Romeo Stelvio 2.2 180hp Diesel RWD. It arrives here next month (October).

Featuring what it says has perfect 50/50 weight distribution, Alfa Romeo Q4 all-wheel drive architecture, claimed best in class power-to-weight ratios and innovative engine and driver technologies, the Stelvio embodies everything a true Alfa should.

The Stelvio also boast at being the lightest mid-size SUV in the sector thanks to its lightweight body structure and carbon fibre driveshaft, coming in at just 1,604kg for the 2.2-litre diesel 180hp RWD and up to 1,660kg for the 2.0-litre petrol 280hp Q4 AWD, only adding an extra 56kg for the all-wheel-drive system (AWD).

At launch, drivers will be able to choose between two engine versions – 2.2-litre 210hp diesel Q4 AWD and 2.0-litre 280hp petrol Q4 AWD – combined with an ZF eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. From next month (October) the Alfa Romeo Stelvio will also be available to order with a 2.2-litre diesel engine, producing 180hp and available in both Q4 all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive, and a 2.0-litre petrol engine, with 200hp and Q4 all-wheel-drive.

The 2.0-litre 280hp petrol Q4 AWD engine offers best in class acceleration, going from 0 – 100kmh in just 5.7 seconds and onto a top speed of 230kmh, while returning a claimed 7.0l/100km (40.4mpg) on the combined cycle and emitting a claimed 161g/km Co2.

Alfa-Romeo also says that the 2.2-litre 210hp diesel Q4 AWD meanwhile, gives out 127g/km Co2 and returns a claimed 4.8l/100km (58.9mpg) on the combined cycle, while still registering a top speed of 215kmh and accelerating from 0-100kmh in 6.6 seconds.

Finding what it describes as the perfect balance between driving experience and safety, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio was recently awarded a coveted five-star Euro NCAP rating with a score of 97 per cent for the protection of adult occupants; the highest score in its category.

Credited for its host of innovative safety systems, which come as standard across the full range, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio boasts Alfa Romeo’s segment-first ‘Integrated Brake System’, ‘Autonomous Emergency Brake’ with pedestrian detection, ‘Forward Collision Warning’ and ‘Lane Departure Warning’.

Alfa Romeo boasts that the Stelvio stands out from the crowd thanks to its distinctive Italian design, expressed through its proportions and technical architecture leaving the impression of sophisticated simplicity and quality surfaces, both inside and out. Four trim levels will be available from this month (September) including Alfa Romeo ‘Stelvio’, ‘Super’, ‘Speciale’ and an exclusive 2017 ‘Milano Edizione’ trim.

The entry trim level ‘Stelvio’ offers a good standard specification. Exterior features include 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, LED rear lights and a double lateral chrome exhaust pipe.

Inside, the cabin focuses on driver satisfaction with dual-zone climate control, Alfa D.N.A. rotary driving mode selector, a 3.5-inch TFT colour cluster instrument panel, Alfa Connect 8.8-inch display infotainment system with DAB plus Bluetooth/AUX multimedia connectivity, an eight-speaker audio system and two front and two rear USB ports.

An extensive array of functional equipment is also included from entry including Keyless Go, electric tailgate, cruise control, rear park distance control and automatic rain/light sensors.

As a special introductory offer, customers who order a new Alfa Romeo Stelvio before 31st December 2017 (registrations by 31st January 2018) will be able to avail of low rate finance of 0% APR Hire Purchase / 2.9% APR PCP for Stelvio and Super trims.

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