Looks like the Italian SUV is getting a special edition.
Alfa Romeo is refocusing its attention to the company’s first SUV, the Stelvio, after debuting the small Tonale crossover a month ago. The Giorgio-based car has been available for about five years, but rather than transitioning to a second generation, it has remained unchanged. Several prototypes were photographed in Italy, resting on a trailer alongside the Giulia car, which is mechanically connected. What are the similarities between the two?
The prototypes caught by Walter Vayr include a “Estremo” logo on the front fenders, in addition to the identical paint job and black wheels. The dark emblem, which means “extreme” in Italian, most likely indicates a special edition Alfa Romeo is working on for the dynamic duo. It appears to be based on the warm Veloce variation rather than the top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio trim.
In the instance of the Stelvio, black tape was employed to partially cover the front bumper as well as hide the upgraded headlights. That body panel, by the way, appears to be an evolution of the Veloce’s bumper. It’s unclear whether these changes foreshadow the cosmetic changes Alfa Romeo is planning for the MCA (mid-cycle action). Estremo’s back bumper also suggests that it will be based on the Stelvio Veloce.
The Q4 emblem on the tailgate indicates that the test vehicles we’re seeing at have all-wheel drive. Unless there are stickers to hide the genuine design or Alfa Romeo merely used the regular lighting clusters on these prototypes, the taillights appear to be the same as before. The sedan and SUV were spotted alongside a Maserati Grecale in several spy images, which will make its premiere a week from tomorrow, on March 22.
There are no spy images of the interior in this collection for obvious reasons. However, both the Stelvio and the Giulia are likely to receive a fully digital instrument cluster. Either with this limited edition or with the next mid-cycle refresh. It makes sense for Alfa Romeo’s other two models to lose the analogue dials since the Tonale has one.
A third crossover, provisionally dubbed Brennero, will be added to the list in 2024. It will be the company’s first-ever electric vehicle, but it will also have combustion engines. Alfa Romeo will introduce its first electric-only model in 2025, with ICE-powered cars being phased out by 2027.
Source: Walter Vayr / Facebook