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Earlier seen with considerably more cladding, Alfa Romeo’s upcoming SUV, the Stelvio, has been spotted again, this time having dropped more of its camouflage. As mentioned before, the Stelvio range will be crowned by a performance variant with the 2.9 litre twin-turbocharged V6 from the Giulia Quadrifoglio, albeit with Stelvio-specific tuning.

More of the Stelvio’s exterior shape can now be seen, with more of the front bumper’s twin air intakes visible, as well as around the back, where the C-pillar shape is revealed to rather resemble the Giulia’s. These pictures also show reveal crease lines along the doors; one along the lower edges, and another higher up approximately in line with the door handles.

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To recap, the Stelvio will be the marque’s first SUV when it comes to market in 2017, and will be available with a range of powertrain options: a 2.2 litre diesel engine will come in 150 hp, 180 hp and 210 hp forms, as well as a 2.0 litre petrol engine with versions producing 200 hp, 250 hp and 280 hp respectively. Both manual and automatic transmission options will be available.

The Stelvio is positioned to take on the likes of the Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 and BMW X3, with the first two said to be benchmarked for dynamics, given the Stelvio’s driver-oriented slant. Further down the line, Alfa Romeo is expected to grow its SUV line-up to three models, eventually comprising a range to rival the likes from the BMW X1 through to the X5.