The Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover has been spotted by our spy photographers outside the Nurburgring racing complex in Germany.
With all the false body panels fitted to this prototypes, it’s hard to draw any conclusions about the Stelvio’s styling, but it should sing from the same hymn sheet as the Giulia sedan.
Up front, we can see that the first ever SUV from Alfa Romeo will continue to feature the brand’s shield grille. At the rear, it’s easy to ignore the Ssangyong Stavic-like protrusion that hides the car’s sloping roof line and tailgate.
The Stelvio shares its underpinnings with the new Giulia sedan, meaning that it will be offered in both rear- and all-wheel-drive formats.
The two cars will likely share most, if not all, of their drivetrain options. The Giulia sedan will be available with a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel in both 110kW and 135kW trims, which can be paired to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.
A 150kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission will also be available.
Named after the famously twisty Stelvio Pass, the Alfa SUV will also be offered with the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 used in the Giulia Quadrifoglio. In the BMW M3-chasing sedan, the Ferrari-developed engine develops 375kW of power and 600Nm of torque, and is good for a 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds.
The Stelvio crossover was initially intended to be one of eight new Alfa Romeo models launched by 2018. However, poor economic conditions in China and engineering delays, possibly related to poor crash test results, have pushed the launch schedule for the remaining models back to 2020.
The Stelvio will likely be given its public debut in either late 2016 or early 2017, but it may not go into production straight away. This means that it will likely land in Australian showrooms in the second half of 2017, at the earliest.