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Spied: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

by Ronan Glon

Alfa Romeo\'s first-ever crossover will debut in Los Angeles.

Alfa Romeo has erroneously published a promotional video in which a partially-camouflaged Stelvio is clearly visible.

The flick highlighted the company's production process. It was quickly taken down, but not before website Motor1 grabbed a screen shot of the BMW X3-sized crossover.

The black door handles and the relatively small wheels tell us that the example going down the assembly line is most likely a base model. Its front end falls in line with the design language that was inaugurated last year by the Giulia thanks to styling cues such as a tall vertical grille and swept-back headlights.

The Stelvio features a Cayenne-like roofline and a relatively low ride height, which hints that it's aimed at buyers who are seeking performance and handling, not at those looking for Land Rover Defender-rivaling off-road prowess. Rear-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost.

Power will come from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 276 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The turbo four will shift through an eight-speed automatic transmission. For speed junkies, a range-topping model with a twin-turbocharged V6 tuned to deliver over 500 horsepower might join the lineup a little later in the production run.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is scheduled to make its public debut in November during the Los Angeles Auto Show. It will go on sale next year as a 2018 model.

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