Alfa has made some tweaks to the Alfa Stelvio range in Australia adding more safety technology and a new variant.
The changes made to the 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV range largely mirrors the changes made to the Giulia sedan in mid-2020 with an extra helping of safety technology for the range.
Alfa has fitted active blind-spot assistance, traffic sign recognition and driver-attention warning to the Sport variant in addition to the adaptive cruise control that was already standard. There is also new software for the infotainment system.
Alfa has added a new variant, the Veloce, which should streamline the cross-shopping process between the Giulia and Stelvio. Thankfully, the Stelvio’s design has remained faithful to the original with this udpate.
The new Stelvio range starts at $64,950 before on-road costs for the base model (called simply Stelvio). That brings the price of entry down by $2,950 (from $67,900) despite the extra equipment. Alfa won’t hold stock of the base model in Australia. Instead, it will be available only as a special order.
The Stelvio is specified with 19-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate and adaptive xenon headlights. Inside there is an 8.8-inch touchscreen, eight-speaker sound system, push-button start and power-adjustable cloth-appointed front seats.
Under the bonnet is a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with outputs of 147kW and 330Nm. Every Stelvio sends power to all four wheels via an eight-speed torque converter automatic.
For $69,950 (before on-roads) the Stelvio Sport shares the same powertrain but adds a set of attractive 19-inch alloy wheels in a graphite finish, red brake calipers and gloss black exterior trim for a sportier appearance.
Additionally, the Sport gains leather-appointed sports seats with heating, a heated steering wheel and aluminium interior trim. The Sport also gets a set of adaptive dampers as standard.
The new Stelvio Veloce replaces the old Ti grade for $78,950 plus on-road costs. In this application, the 2.0L turbo engine has been fettled, increasing outputs to 206kW and 400Nm. To harness the added grunt, Alfa fits a limited-slip differential to the rear axle and active suspension.
A set of 20-inch alloy wheels and sportier body kit distinguishes the Veloce from the lower grade Stelvios. Inside there are eight-way adjustable leather-appointed seats, ambient lighting, and an extended leather package covering the dashboard and door trims in cow-hide.
The most serious Stelvio on sale is the Quadrifoglio with its wider 20-inch alloy wheels, sporty Pirelli P Zero tyres and carbon fibre adornments on the side skirts, bonnet and spoiler.
A 2.9L twin-turbo V6 (shared with the Giulia Quadrifoglio) sits under the bonnet. The motor produces 375kW of power and 600Nm of torque, enough for a 0-100km/h sprint of 3.8 seconds.
Inside, the Quadrifoglio stays true to its $146,950 list price with plenty of carbon fibre trim, seats appointed in a mix of leather and alcantara, harman kardon stereo and Alfa’s DNA pro drive select.
The refreshed Alfa Romeo Stelvio range is available to order now, with cars landing in Australia in June.
Prices listed are before on-road costs and options.
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