What is it?
What we have here is the range-topping diesel version of the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, driven in Italy over a route including the famous Alpine pass the car is named after.
The oil-burning Stelvio uses the same all-alloy 2.2-litre diesel engine that we’ve already sampled in the Giulia saloon, albeit in a higher 207bhp state of tune and with drive sent to all corners through a standard all-wheel drive system.
Numbers are certainly impressive, with Alfa claiming a 6.6-second 0-62mph time but also combined economy of 58.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 127g/km. The brawnier diesel engine is available in three trim levels from launch: Super (£38,490), Speciale (£42,290) and the fully laden Milano Edizione, as driven here; its £43,990 price second only to that of its range-topping 276bhp petrol turbo sister.