2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, the SUV Edition

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By Stephan Franklin, Auto Show Global

The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show Media week unveilings provided a slew of small and compact SUVs and has brought about a big discussion around mobility and the integration of new technologies.  The swarm of media opinions range from the best and the worst, but I will say there’s a consensus, for the most part, among auto writers. I don’t believe everyone should get a trophy because they participated, so I will exercise free will in my praise and criticism.

Alfa Romeo surprised me by being the one company least likely to reveal an SUV, and it looks good. The Alfa Romero Stelvio is a well-appointed compact SUV that’s a balance of style, technology and performance.

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

The Jeep Compass gets a nod for no longer being the “not as attractive” sister in the Jeep family.  The new Jeep Compass finally looks like the rest of the family, instead of that the child no one wants to claim. The new Jeep Compass sports similar trim levels like the Cherokee and Grand Cherokee and is designed appeal to a global market.

Jeep® Compass Limited and Jeep® Compass Trailhawk

Jeep® Compass Limited and Jeep® Compass Trailhawk

Mercedes-Benz gets a spot in my Top 3, not because it won Motor Trend’s SUV of the year, but because it defined its segment. The Mercedes-Benz GLC has the perfect proportion for those who don’t like the boxy SUV look and benefit from the crossover look and feel. And, let’s face it, it a Mercedes. The GLC is equipped with the style, efficiency and technology that’s synonymous the Mercedes-Benz product lineup.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

Now, the other SUV’s that were introduced. They serve as placeholders for their segments or for those product lines that needed a compact SUV stand in.

The new “fun size” Ford Eco-Sport was revealed at the show as well. I understand the high efficiency Eco-Boost engine and the size and proportion of the vehicle, but I didn’t think something smaller than an Escape was on everyone’s radar. I’m curious to see how this will do in the sub-compact SUV market

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The new Nissan Rogue was a nice introduction this year, until marketing convinced someone to theme it with the Star Wars movie, offering a “special edition” package. I still like it. May the Force be with you.

Based on the extensively redesigned 2017 Nissan Rogue compact SUV, just 5,400 copies of the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition will be produced – 5,000 for customers in the United States and 400 for Canada. In addition to the wide range of custom features and equipment, each vehicle also comes with an exclusive numbered, full-size replica collectible Death Trooper helmet.

Based on the extensively redesigned 2017 Nissan Rogue compact SUV, just 5,400 copies of the Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition will be produced – 5,000 for customers in the United States and 400 for Canada. In addition to the wide range of custom features and equipment, each vehicle also comes with an exclusive numbered, full-size replica collectible Death Trooper helmet.

The new Mazda CX-5, appeared to be late to the styling show even with its all-new sheet metal. Even though Mazda boasts new technology, drivetrain, and safety features, it didn’t move the needle for design.

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The new Toyota C-HR is the first small utility vehicle introduction since the folding of the youth-focused Scion brand. Though it’s designed to appeal to a younger audience, will it connect with the typical Toyota buyer? The form vocabulary looks totally new and leaves me to wonder if the rest of the product lineup will follow suit.

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The all new Volkswagen Atlas is birthed from a 2013 concept vehicle the “CrossBlue.” Its evolution was inspired by the North American market of SUV’s. While distinctively German is design, a seven passenger SUV is not exactly going to create a ground-breaking entry especially as a 2018 model.

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Look for more commentary on reveals and technologies from the LA show, in the following days. There’s a lot more to talk about.

Alfa Romeo unleashes the fastest SUV on the planet at the 2016 LA Auto Show

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Posted 11/16/16, Autoshowglobal.com

The official press release from Alfa Romeo:

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Born from the World’s Greatest Driving Road – Stelvio Pass –
the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sets a New Benchmark
in Performance, Style and Technology in an SUV
that could only be Italian

The SUV for the S-Curves

Built in Italy, the top-of-the-line Stelvio Quadrifoglio delivers
a class-leading 505 horsepower and 0-60 in just 3.9-seconds

  • Building on the excitement of the award-winning 4C and the all-new Giulia premium mid-size sedan, Alfa Romeo – the heart and soul of the automotive industry – introduces the all-new Stelvio premium mid-size SUV
  • The all-new Stelvio is the second of a new lineup of vehicles built off a
    world-class architecture that embodies the brand’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit
  • Stelvio and Stelvio Ti models feature an all-new, all-aluminum, 2.0-liter,
    direct-injection turbo engine delivering a class-leading, standard 280 horsepower and 306 lb.-ft. of torque, allowing it to achieve a top speed of 144 mph
  • Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with best-in-class
    505 horsepower, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph
  • State-of-the-art technologies, including Alfa DNA Pro selector, torque vectoring differential, Chassis Domain Control (CDC), and aluminum
    column-mounted paddle shifters with 100 millisecond shifts maximize the
    all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s driving pedigree
  • The innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides additional driving confidence and superior control
  • Iconic Alfa Romeo design and genuine Italian craftsmanship combine to create a premium mid-size SUV that truly stands apart
  • Stelvio offers innovative safety and security features and leverages advanced driver-assist features, including Full-speed Forward Collision Warning – Plus
  • Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Frosinone, Italy
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

 

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo, reveals the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio in front of global media at the 2016 L.A. Auto Show. Stelvio Quadrifoglio – the “halo” model in the lineup – continues to highlight Alfa Romeo’s performance and motorsport expertise with a best-in-class, Ferrari-derived 505 horsepower engine, powering it from 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph. On sale in 2017, all Stelvio models come standard with the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive-system.

As the As the second of a new-generation of vehicles built on an all-new platform, the 2018 Stelvio epitomizes Alfa Romeo’s La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion) spirit, delivering race-inspired performance, real-world driving confidence, state-of-the-art technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size SUV segment.

“The all-new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Stelvio is uniquely engineered to challenge two-door sports cars on the track, without sacrificing any of the characteristics you would expect from a premium SUV, resulting in the perfect mix of high performance, capability and Italian design.”

Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio will conquer the winding road for which it is named.

Three exhilarating, capable Stelvio models showcase Alfa Romeo’s captivating mix of Italian performance, style and technology

Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio lineup is a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium mid-size SUV for driving enthusiasts that stands out in one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the U.S.

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