Alfa Romeo Unveils Stelvio First Edition in Europe with 276 HP 2.0L Turbo

It offers a first look at the design of non-Quadrifoglio versions

Alfa Romeo will kickstart sales of its first-ever SUV in Europe with a First Edition model that can be ordered starting today.

Pairing a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Q4 all-wheel drive, the Stelvio First Edition marks the first time we get an official look at a regular version of the SUV — as opposed to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio that debuted at the 2016 LA Auto Show.

As on the Giulia Veloce, the four-cylinder all-aluminum engine with carbon propeller shaft delivers 276 hp (280 PS) at 5,250 rpm and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 2,250 rpm. As a result, the Stelvio First Edition sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) before running out of breath at 230 km/h (143 mph).

Beyond numbers, the Italian SUV should be fun to drive as well, as the Q4 all-wheel-drive system sends all torque to the rear axle in normal grip conditions. Only when grip levels drop, the system transfers up to 50 percent of the torque to the front axle.

As for fuel economy, Alfa Romeo says the Stelvio First Edition averages 7 l/100 km and emits 161 g/km CO2. Not bad for a quick SUV that tips the scales at 1,660 kg (3,660 lb).

When it comes to styling, the Stelvio First Edition is toned down compared to the Quadrifoglio version, but by no means it is dull. It rides on 20-inch alloys that cover colored brake calipers and has aggressive-looking bumpers with gaping air intakes at the front and big round tailpipes at the rear, as well as bi-xenon headlights and chrome inserts.

Inside, the driver-focused dashboard looks similar to the Giulia's, sporting a contoured steering wheel with integrated start button and aluminum shift paddles, real wood inserts, an 8.8-inch display above the center console for the 3D navigation system, and a 7-inch color TFT display between the dials.

Standard features also include full grain leather seats that are electrically adjustable and heated, rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, power-operated tailgate, and automatic main beam headlights. Prices start from €57,300 in Italy, which is equivalent to $61,100.

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