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UPDATE: The Stelvio has now gone official. Get all the details here.

The very, very long-anticipated 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has been given an early unveiling through a series of leaked images, just hours out from its official premiere in Los Angeles.

If nothing else, these images confirm that the wealth of speculative renderings that have surfaced online since the Giulia sedan‘s debut last year were mighty close to the mark.

No two ways about it: the Stelvio looks like a jacked-up Giulia hatch, as expected.


That means muscular haunches and classically Italian curves, with the same wing-like headlights, iconic shield grille and a deep character line through the profile.

It’s a classic formula and a look that could make the Stelvio a strong contender to steal buyers away from the popular Porsche Macan, if Alfa Romeo’s new models can prove immune to the recall dramas that have bothered other models in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles family.

Shown here in top-shelf Quadrifoglio form, the Stelvio gets large sports wheels and a sports body kit with lips and skirts all-round.


Power in the Stelvio Q (or QV, if you prefer that renounced nomenclature) is – according to leaked details in the overseas press – provided by the same twin-turbo 2.9-litre petrol V6 that drives its counterpart in the Giulia range.

As with the Giulia Q, there’s 375kW and 600Nm on offer.

That first figure put the Stelvio ahead of the flagship Macan, the Macan Turbo with Performance Package, which is driven by a turbo 3.6-litre V6 that offers 324kW in power – but a level 600Nm of torque.


And while the Macan boasts an adequately swift 0-100km/h time of 4.4 seconds, Alfa says its Stelvio Q – which is equipped with an eight-speed automatic – will hit the ton in just 3.9 seconds.

As with the Macan Turbo, the Stelvio packs an all-wheel drive system, including a torque-vectoring differential.

Other variants in the range are expected to include entry-level Stelvio and Stelvio Ti grades, both powered by the same 208kW/414Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. That engine is also matched with an eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive.


In the cabin, the Stelvio shown here features a 6.5-inch touch display as standard, but a larger 8.8-inch unit is understood to be available as an option.

Watch for more on the new Stelvio to come in the hours ahead, following its official unveiling at the Los Angeles motor show.

UPDATE: The Stelvio has now gone official. Get all the details here.

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