Alfa Romeo’s BMW X3 rival has ditched diesel and added a bunch of extra kit at the entry-level.
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio range now opens with the new Sport trim, priced at $69,450 before on-road costs.
The Stelvio Sport is in Australian dealerships now.
It costs $3550 more than last year’s base model, which was simply called Stelvio, though Alfa Romeo says it offers eight per cent more value.
The list of additions is lengthy, and includes wireless phone charging, automatic high-beam, heated front sports seats, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Stelvio’s suite of active safety and driver assist features has been expanded to include adaptive cruise control, driver attention monitoring, lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, and blind-spot assist.
The latter will provide steering intervention if it detects you’re crossing into the path of another vehicle, instead of providing only audiovisual alerts.
Cosmetic changes inside and out include a gloss black daylight opening, red brake calipers, rear privacy glass, and aluminium pedals.
As with the updated Giulia, the infotainment system is new, though it still uses an 8.8-inch touchscreen. The centre console also boasts an improved design with nicer materials.
Pricing has yet to be released for the new Veloce trim level, which replaces the Ti as part of an alignment in nomenclature with the Giulia range.
The Stelvio diesel is gone as part of a move away from diesel by Stellantis’ former FCA brands, which has also seen the demise of all diesel Maserati models locally and a shift to a petrol-only range for the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee.
- 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport: $69,450
- 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Veloce: TBD
- 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: TBD
Price excludes on-road costs.
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sport is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol four-cylinder engine producing 147kW of power and 330Nm of torque. The Stelvio Veloce has the same size engine but produces 206kW and 400Nm.
The range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine producing 375kW of power and 600Nm of torque.
All models feature an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The Stelvio Sport does the 0-100km/h dash in 7.2 seconds, while the Stelvio Veloce takes 5.7 seconds and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio takes 3.8 seconds.
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio uses 7.0L/100km on the combined cycle in the Sport and Veloce and 10.2L/100km in the Quadrifoglio.
All models have a 64L fuel tank.
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio measures 4687mm long, 1903mm wide and 1648mm tall, with a 2818mm wheelbase.
The Quadrifoglio’s dimensions are slightly different, at 4701mm long, 1955mm wide and 1689mm tall.
It has 525L of luggage space, or 499L with the optional space-saver spare in place of the tyre repair kit. This expands to 1600L with the rear seats folded.
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is covered by a three-year/150,000km warranty.
Alfa Romeo offers five years of capped-price servicing, with servicing intervals of 12 months or 15,000km.
The first five services cost $345, $645, $465, $1065 and $345 in models with the 2.0-litre, and $894, $1346, $894, $2627 and $883 in the Quadrifoglio.
We’ve contacted Alfa Romeo to confirm if these prices have changed for the 2021 model.
The 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has a five-star rating from ANCAP based on Euro NCAP testing conducted in 2017.
The Stelvio received an adult occupant protection score of 97 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 84 per cent, a pedestrian protection score of 71 per cent, and a safety assist score of 60 per cent.
All 2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio models come standard with the following safety equipment:
- Autonomous emergency braking
- Blind-spot assist
- Lane-departure warning
- Lane-keeping assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Traffic sign recognition
- Adaptive cruise control
- Front, front-side and curtain airbags
- Reversing camera with front and rear parking sensors
The Stelvio Sport comes standard with the following equipment:
- 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
- 7.0-inch instrument cluster display
- Satellite navigation
- Wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- DAB digital radio
- Paddle shifters
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Bi-xenon headlights with active cornering lights
- Eight-speaker sound system
- Dual-zone climate control
- Leather upholstery
- Six-way power front sports seats
- Heated front seats with power-adjustable bolsters
- Heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Aluminium pedals
- Power tailgate
- Keyless entry and start
- Tyre-pressure monitoring
- Automatic headlights
- Automatic high-beam
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Headlight washers
- Power-folding exterior mirrors
The $3455 Lusso pack adds:
- Adaptive suspension
- Ambient lighting
- Hands-free power tailgate
- 14-speaker Harman Kardon sound system
Standalone options include:
- Metallic paint: $1645
- Panoramic sunroof: $2545
- Space-saver spare: $545
Over the Sport, the Veloce adds:
- Limited-slip differential
- Adaptive suspension
- Hands-free power tailgate
- 20-inch black-finish alloy wheels
The Quadrifoglio adds:
- 20-inch forged alloy wheels
- Dual-mode quad exhaust system
- Leather and Alcantara upholstery
- Active torque vectoring
Full specifications for the 2021 Stelvio Veloce and Quadrifoglio have yet to be released. We’ll update this article once this information becomes available.