Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the badge that SUV buyers will see in the Italian marque’s showrooms next year, Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne has confirmed.
Marchionne confirmed the long-anticipated SUV’s name during a meeting with Alfa Romeo manufacturing workers in Italy this week, ahead of a production schedule that will see the new model roll off assembly lines later this year.
In daring to name the Alfa Romeo Stelvio after one of the world’s most famous series of tortuously twisty turns, Italy’s Stelvio pass, Marchionne looks set to challenge the likes of Porsche’s Macan for top-end SUV handling prowess.
The company has yet to offer any official hints as to the Stelvio’s styling, but the new Giulia sedan can likely be looked to for a few key clues.
Building on that theme, independent artist Remco Meulendijk has crafted a pair of renderings (top and above) that offer a convincing look at how the Stelvio’s final styling might appear.
Marchionne also used the event at the Stabilimento Fiat di Cassino plant to confirm a March 14 left-hand-drive production start for the delayed Giulia sedan, revealed in June last year.
Production of right-hand-drive models will follow, and an Australian launch is tentatively scheduled for early 2017.