Two new nameplates have hit the SUV list: Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Stelvio Ti, named for the highest mountain pass in the Italian Alps.

Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, they hit the North American premium mid-size all-wheel-drive SUV market for 2018.

Both models have a long list of standards including an all-aluminum, 2.0-L direct-injection turbo I-4 engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque, Alfa DNA drive mode selector, carbon fibre driveshaft, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels, leather seating, heated front seats, backup camera with rear park sensors, remote start, keyless entry, Formula One-inspired flat-bottom heated steering wheel with integrated push-button start.

Ti models add more luxury along with 19-in. wheels, front park sensors, wood interior accents and 8.8-inch infotainment screen with 3D navigation.

A sport package brings 19-in. wheels for Stelvio and 20-inchers for Stelvio Ti, 12-way power leather seats, sport steering wheel with paddle shifters, coloured brake calipers “and much more,” says the company.

Stelvio Ti with Lusso package adds items including Pieno Flore Italian leather seats with Cannelloni inserts, 12-way power front seats, leather-wrapped dash and upper door trim with accent stitching, wood trim in dark grey oak or light walnut and luxury leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The line-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio gets a 2.9 L twin turbo V6 that delivers 505 horsepower and 443 lb. ft. of torque that will propel it from zero to 100 km/h in about 4.0 seconds.

Drivers get 14-way power seats, F-1 inspired steering wheel with red push-button start and steering column-mounted paddle shifters.

Quadrifoglio puts the sport in sport ute with four-mode drive selector with “race” mode, torque vectoring differential, adaptive suspension and specific instrument cluster. Need more performance? Options include carbon fibre shell Sparco racing seats and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes. All that brawn and beauty, too.

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