The Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV will be revealed at the Los Angeles motor show in November, according to promotional material from the company.
Alongside the ‘save the date’ notice of 15 and 16 November was a murky photo of the car’s silhouette that shows the same coupé-like roofline that previous spy shots of the car have revealed.
It was originally thought that the Stelvio would make its world debut at this month's Paris motor show, but delays in Alfa Romeo’s next generation of cars may have pushed this back to the next major motor show.
Like the Giulia saloon, the Stelvio will be launched in range-topping Quadrifoglio guise, with the same powerful twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine. 'Quadrifoglio' is the badge Alfa Romeo gives its performance-oriented models.
More mass-market versions of the Stelvio will be revealed some time later, as has been done with the Giulia.
The Stelvio will rival the likes of the BMW X3 and Audi Q5, as well as a raft of new arrivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Porsche Macan and Jaguar F-Pace. Alfa is said to be using the Macan and F-Pace as dynamic benchmarks.
With Jeep being parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ off-road specialist, Alfa Romeo bosses want their new SUV to chase the class leaders in terms of ride quality, handling and performance.
The extra weight of the Stelvio compared with the Giulia means that performance may differ slightly, but Alfa is understood to be retuning the engine to increase torque, at the expense of a few horsepower.
If the flagship Stelvio’s 0-62mph time matches that of the Giulia, it’ll be one the fastest-accelerating SUVs on the market, at 3.9sec to 62mph.
There’ll be an all-wheel-drive version as well as a rear-drive Stelvio, but the Quadrifoglio is expected to be the latter, with an automatic gearbox only. Engines are also expected to be shared with the Giulia, meaning that 2.0-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel engines will appear, in multiple states of tune.
The Stelvio range is expected to kick off at just under £40,000, rising to about £65,000 for the hot Quadrifoglio version.