Alfa Romeo’s first SUV is back in another set of spy photos, taken somewhere in Italy. While it’s still wearing a heavy camouflage, we finally have a chance to see the shape of the boot lid and what appears to be a sharply sloping roofline.
Not much has changed at the front end, where the Stelvio is still covered with black plastic panels and duct tape. Still, we expect to see a Giulia-inspired front fascia with the classic Alfa Romeo grille, surrounded by several air intakes and flanked by slender headlamps.
Finally, we have shots of the interior, where we see a familiar layout, once again inspired by the Giulia sedan. We noticed the same three-spoke steering wheel with integrated engine start-stop button and steering column-mounted paddle shifters. This exact vehicle has an automatic gearbox, judging by the gear shifter on the center console.
Speaking of the transmission, the Stelvio will most likely share its engines and gearboxes with the Giulia, which means a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline unit with 276 horsepower (203 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 newton meters) of torque will be available in the United States. European customers will be granted with a diesel motor, while a range-topping QV version with 2.9-liter V6 engine is also a possibility.
The Stelvio will likely debut during the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, as Alfa Romeo and Maserati chief Harald Wester confirmed the SUV “is going to be presented I would say in one of the important auto shows in autumn.” This means production will begin before the end of the year with sales scheduled to start early next year.