The order banks have officially opened for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, at least in Europe. The Italian automaker announced today that the first few Stelvios will be called First Editions, which are just hallmarked versions of the normal version of the brand’s first-ever SUV. More importantly, this is the first time Alfa has released photos of the normal Stelvio.
Named after a famous road in the Italian Alps, the Stelvio’s global debut occurred back in November during the Los Angeles Auto Show. However, Alfa only showed the hot Stelvio Quadrifoglio Verde edition, which includes a twin-turbocharged 505 horsepower 2.9-liter V-6.
As badass as the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is, let’s be honest…it isn’t going justify Alfa’s return to the North American market. Instead, the normal more pedestrian Stelvio will be the more accurate barometer of the brand’s success here.
The normal version of Stelvio (known as Stelvio Ti) is what is getting ready to roll out in Europe now. Like the Giulia, the base Stelvio is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 280 horsepower. That power flows through an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Alfa Romeo is saying the Stelvio Ti will go from zero to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, which is rather quick for an SUV. The North American market will also receive the same 2.0-liter turbo when the SUV goes on sale here. Stateside the Stelvio will compete with the likes of the Porsche Mecan, BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
In the meantime, we can enjoy these photos of the European Stelvio Ti.