The Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the brand's first SUV, has been shown with less disguise during an official company video.
Yesterday Fiat Chrysler posted a mini-documentary, on its YouTube account, about the construction of the Giulia at the company's factory in Cassino, Italy. Just over a minute into the video there's a shot of a pre-production version of the Stelvio SUV making its way through the factory.
The company has since taken the video offline, but thankfully Motor1 managed to get a screen capture of the upcoming model before this happened.
Although the Stelvio pictured in the video is still wearing pieces of rudimentary disguise over its doors, fenders and bonnet, it provides us our clearest look yet at Alfa Romeo's first SUV, as earlier spy photos featured prototypes wearing false body cladding all over.
Under the skin, the Stelvio uses the same rear- and all-wheel drive Giorgio platform as the Giulia sedan. The two cars should be roughly the same length and width, although the Stelvio will obviously be taller and have a higher ride height.
Motivation for the Stelvio should come from the same suite of engines offered in the Giulia. Depending on the market, this will include a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine in both 150kW and 206kW tunes, and a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel developing either 110kW or 135kW.
A high-performance variant, should it eventuate, will be powered by the same Ferrari-designed 2.9-litre turbo V6 as used in the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Alfa's new M3 challenger extracts 375kW of power and 600Nm of torque from that engine, and is good for a 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 307km/h.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio will be revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles motor show, which kicks off on November 15. That probably means that the crossover won't enter Australian showrooms until late 2017 or early 2018.
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