SUVs have come to dominate American roadways – and they’re gaining traction pretty much everywhere else in the automotive world. That’s a problem for brands like Alfa Romeo that have traditionally focused on exotic sedans, coupes and sports cars.
So, it’s no surprise that a year after unveiling the Giulia sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Italian marque is back in Tinseltown, this time pulling the covers off its first-ever utility vehicle. And confirming months of rumors, the new model will be called the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
For those in the know, that’s the name of a legendary pass through the Italian Alps, a route that can test the mettle of even the most well-tuned sports car. It suggests that the Alfa Stelvio isn’t meant to just plod along the highway but deliver the sort of thrill-ride you’d expect from one of its more conventional models. (more…)