Alfa Plans for 2019 Recently Announced: RWD Stelvio in the Works


When new years are on the horizon here at Jim Butler Alfa Romeo, packaging and pricing changes, modifications, and new features are always unveiled to keep the spirit and innovation of the brand alive. Some of the most important news on deck for next year is regarding the highly-acclaimed Stelvio Crossover SUV: it will now be available in rear-wheel drive configuration for base models. The base and Sport trims will feature this rear-wheel drive configuration, and all Stelvios will now get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard now. The 4C Coupe is slated to not continue being manufactured, and we will miss the presence of this high-performance machine, unlike any other on the road.

The Giulia Sedan will not see any change in the base price for the coming year, and the Ti Sport Carbon Package adds an extra dose of sporty essence with the addition of carbon fiber. Previously only found on the high-performance Quadrifoglio model, this is a material that does a fantastic job of making cars lighter, and when combined with a polymer, is able to be molded into the shape of a car part that is ultimately less weight than steel and aluminum. It is all a very interesting and in-depth process, as the carbon atoms are bonded together during production to crystals that are aligned to the long axis of the fiber. This is what gives the fiber high strength-to-volume ratio, and the woven layers of nearly pure carbon fibers are bonded together by a hardened plastic, like epoxy resin.

Even though the 4C coupe is not continuing to be available, the reckless and ravishing spirit of this car definitely lives on in the form of the roofless Spider, and the track package from last year has been broken up into a la carte options, making it possible to mix and match a bit for the final product. The writers at lamented that our brand took no prisoners with its mid-size executive sedan, which took direct aim at the heart of the luxury car establishment. The likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3-series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class were some of the prime competitors, as many remember that we introduced the Kamai SUV concept way back in 2003. This was when BMW began building the X3, and we just did not manage to take the confident step into full implementation and dedication until later.

As we look ahead to see what the new year will bring, we are all appreciative and excited that the Stelvio is sticking around for good. With the fastest steering and least body roll in its class, the steering is so quick, that it shocks some initially who are getting accustomed to it. Together with the overly responsive chassis and the engine's roaring penchant for power, the folks at Drive.comalso claimed that they loved “What Alfa Romeo has done is give this SUV a character that fits the image, and heritage of the brand”. Come down to visit us this summer, and see just how 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, power tailgate, dual zone climate control, leather upholstery, digital radio, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen plus reversing camera will feel during the daily drive. We are still learning lessons daily about what people really want in a luxury SUV, but are also proud of our top-of-the-linesuccesses : buckle up and see just how thrilling the coming 2019 year will be here at Jim Butler Alfa Romeo of St Louis!

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