There's good reason for optimism about the handling prowess of Alfa’s top-of-the-range Stelvio. Adopting the Giulia’s primarily rear-driven platform ought to give the car the handling balance to rival a Porsche Macan or Jaguar F-Pace, and the company has already shown it can put that platform to good use in the Giulia Quadrifoglio, which we drove in last week’s issue. Few performance saloons have the precision, poise and adjustability of the range-topping Giulia.

See the official reveal pictures and read the full story of the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV here

My reservations are about how well the Cloverleaf’s twin-turbo V6 engine will handle the additional mass of the Stelvio and whether Alfa’s well-established penchant for direct steering can be translated onto a tall 4x4.

View the latest spy pictures of Alfa Romeo's Stelvio here.