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- The Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s first moment at an SUV given returning to the US market.
- Luxury SUVs are a mission-critical shred for the Italian brand.
- We enjoyed the crossover’s styling and pushing dynamics, but it fell brief on infotainment and interior quality.
Alfa Romeo exited the US marketplace back in the mid-1990s, and if you had told me before to the financial predicament that the mythological Italian code would be back, I’d have scoffed.
By the bailout and failure of Chrysler in 2009 set the theatre for an doubtful return, as Fiat — Alfa’s owners — acquired Chrysler and shaped Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. CEO Sergio Marchionne was penetrating to revive Alfa in the remunerative US oppulance market. So first we got the offbeat 4C sports car, followed by the miraculous Giulia sedan.
Now the many doubtful Alfa of all has arrived, the Stelvio SUV. Luxury SUVs are a big shred in SUV-mad America, with flattering much every major code ancillary a lineup. Alfa had to be in on the action.
The Stelvio landed in 2017, and we recently got a hands on a $53,000 Sport-trim instance (the bottom indication is $42,000). The automobile was mega-sharp, with its quintessentially Italian styling. A Range Rover this really isn’t. But what was it like to live with?
Photos by Hollis Johnson.