Mechanicals, including the Q4 four-wheel-drive system, engine line-up and model range will all mirror the Giulia – on which the Stelvio is based. Two-litre petrol and 2.2 diesel versions are on the cards along with familiar Alfa spec levels culminating in the hottest Quadrifoglio, tipped to cost from about £65,000.
The engine in the hot one is the 2.9-litre biturbo V6 which is only now arriving in the UK under the bonnet of the Giulia saloon. It puts out 510bhp with 443lb ft (600Nm) of torque and is mated to an eight-speed paddleshift automatic. Alfa’s rear-axle biased all-wheel drive is standard; lesser models in the range may be rear-drive only as Alfa juggles specs to get an entry point down to around the £40,000 mark. The first UK owners should have their cars a year from now.