The Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV has been delayed for quite a while now, but it’s finally heading into production. Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer of Fiat Chrysler, made the announcement at a factory tour in Italy. Set to begin production at the end of 2016, the 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will hit the market at the beginning of 2017.
The SUV fills a lacking lineup in the United States market which has been big on larger vehicles amid lower gas prices. The Stelvio will be built on a variant of the Giulia sport sedan’s platform and that gives us a good idea at what could be under the hood.
The Giulia sport sedan offers a strong range of four- and six-cylinder engines. The Stelvio could offer some or all of them, including the 3-liter twin turbo V6 that pumps out 503 horsepower.
The Stelvio is about nine months late. Reasons vary from the delayed Giulia, which the Stelvio is built on, to slow sales in China.
Together, the Giulia sport sedan and Stelvio SUV are the first of eight new models to be added to the lineup. Other models include a seven-seat SUV, larger sedan, small sedan, mini-SUV, and Coupe and Spider variants for another new replacement model.
The lineup’s expansion is expected to be complete around 2020, moved from 2018 due to the delays.
We here can’t wait for the full lineup to hit the market. In the meantime, check out more Alfa Romeo information here!