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Alfa Romeo's rwd/awd sports-D-suv launched: the 'Stelvio'

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    From the ongoing LA Auto Show, and after the Giulia comes its platform and powertrain sports-cuv twin: the Stelvio.

    Class-leading this, that and the other too: just like the Giulia.

    Esp highest power-to-weight ratio, 50-50 weight distribution, and the new 2 litre di multiair turbopetrol rated at 280 hp and around 400Nm of torque, use of aluminium, magnesium and carbon fibreetc.

    Very saucy, and of course very distinctive in styling, as well as (if it is llike the Giulia, and going by all reviews from any country): driving experience.



     
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    http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/chrysler/2016/11/17/alfa-romeo-america-return/93996192/

    TONS of marketing and advertizing spending in the usa for Alfa romeo and its all-new bleeding-edge models.

    Alfa Romeo paired with either (a) Maserati dealers (there are many in the usa, some even further paired with Ferrari) , or (b) Fiat studios that currently in the usa sell only the 500, the 500e, the 500L and 500X, as well as the 124 spider, plus Abarths.

    In 2018 will arrive the 'American muscle' sibling of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio cuv: as a DODGE, with the same basic powertrain but heavier (less composites) and the cheaper USA/Pentastar v6 and/or v8 engines , and cheaper materials insdie as well, as well as shorn of some of the highend stuff (torque vectoring etc): much more affordable. With so-called er 'butch'/'american macho' styling. MADE IN ITALY, alongside the Stelvio, and exported like the Jeep Renegade back to the states.

    i.e., 2 brands but shared platform, architecture and powertrains etc (upto 70-80%) which are heavily 'modular' in that sense, thereby enabling a short-circuiting of the German-manufacturer economies-of-scale advantage (which is NOT technology, engines, engineering, design, dealers or reliability but in the end: financial via sheer economies of scale and scope.)
     
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    The very funky and very spoken word poetry, rap music style montage that SURE gets the uniqueness of Alfa Romeo in particular and Italian cars in general across: passion, design, a certain sexiness, speed AND engineering. Plus: history, heritage, authenticity. Great!
     
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    http://www.carsuk.net/alfa-romeo-stelvio-first-edition-first-look-at-the-more-prosaic-stelvio-suvs/
    --- Double Post Merged, Jan 18, 2017, Original Post Date: Jan 18, 2017 ---
    The Alfa Stelvio is available for ordering in Europe, already (Launch/First Edition.) It will be widely distributed in the usa too by may/june 2017. With the whole Alfa Romeo brand getting launched in China too around that time or a little later. In Europe Alfa now retails and is serviced either at Combined FCA (all brands) dealerships or twinned only to JEEP. In the usa: twinned mainly to Maserati dealerships, or in a few cases to Fiat 'Studio' ones. In China Alfa will also be retailed either with Maserati or, mostly, with JEEP.
     
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    http://www.evo.co.uk/alfa-romeo/ste...7-review-is-alfas-new-suv-as-good-as-we-hoped

    It is, it seems! Class topper clearly, especially given its design and price-to-equipment ratio? That interior is as delicious design wise as the German ones are all-'technical' with bling (audi+mercedes, not bmw) while the Jaguar f-pace/xe interior is a monument of blandness and monotony.

    Even Auktocar, systematically biased in favour of its main advertisers (the German firms and brands, esp VW group + the automatic 'patriotism' that makes them talkup Jaguars and Landrovers implausibly and all-too obviously) loves the Stelvio:

    http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review...fa-romeo-stelvio-20-280-super-awd-2017-review
    --- Double Post Merged, Feb 23, 2017, Original Post Date: Feb 23, 2017 ---
    http://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/...ww.topgear.com/car-reviews/alfa-romeo/stelvio

    Another praiseful review, esp for the engines and the design+quality of the interiors.

    btw, this car will in 2018 see a Dodge (with less exotic weight-saving and rigidity-enhancing materials used: heavier) d-cuv, with an American version of this very 'GME' turbo4 2litre, which is by a distance a segment leader, plus american v6's too. BUILT IN ITALY though, right alongside the Stelvio and Giulia for economy of scale and logistics reasons, as also the considerable benefits of a depreciated euro versus the us$.

    Also btw, marchionne has just confirmed another cuv for ALfa in 2018, and yet another in 2019. One larger (e-cuv) and one smaller (c-cuv) than this Stelvio.

    The Stelvio launches in the usa in a few months' time, and will be launched simultaneously with the Brand-itself into china later this year as well.

    At least 2 of these 3 Alfa sports-cuv-s off the Giulia/Giorgio platform will also be the main-basis (shared platform, tweaked architecture+suspension, shared powertrains) for 2 Jeeps, 2 Dodges, and 2 maseratis, AT LEAST, now through 2020/22. Sounds like they will manage some decent economies of scale a la German luxury firms/brands and yet without sprawling every possible variant and car-genre. i.e., FCA will avail of advantages over the German firms precisely by being focussed-with-multiple-brands and yet have 'platform'+powertrain'+module sharing.

    With this bleeding-edge (very light, ultra-rigid, the most euro-ncap crash safe in its segments as of today) platform FCA becomes the only firm to so rear wheel drive centric, esp in the usa market: most large manufacturers are focussed more on fwd/awd models. i.e., in order to capitalize on the 'sport' in sportscar (alfa, maserati), the muscle in 'muscle Americana car' (Dodge) and the sport in sport-utility-vehicle specialist Jeep. Not just Audi but also nowadays some entry-level bmw's are fwd+awd and not rwd (better weight distribution and handling.)
     
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    A great Aussie review of the Stelvio with some sizzling images of it too:

    http://www.motoring.com.au/alfa-romeo-stelvio-2017-review-106197/

    Another UK one (from a 'broadsheet', serious news'paper' this time), full of praise:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-s...rive-in-alfa-romeo-s-first-suv-a7607386.html#

    Even the heavily pro-German car and pro- and protective-of JaguarLandRover anglo automotive journos are simply being compelled to acknowledge the Alfa Stelvio and Giulia's outright superiority of design, insdie as much as out, powertrains, steering+braking+ride-handling-balance etc to those firms' offerings.

    Which is as it should be, since the Italians (like the French) have automotive genius (financial resources permitting their full expression, namely these new Alfa-s with all-new engines, developed at several-billion$ of investment's expense), while German cars are made AND designed by dour engineers wearing suits by-commitee (aiming to only and only sell as many vehicles across widely disperesed markets, i.e., an 'lcm' banalizing-down, a murder of unique 'character' occurs.)
     
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