We’ve already laid out why General Motors, and specifically Cadillac, should begin to take the idea of performance crossovers and SUVs seriously. Now, Cadillac may have a real reason to do so.
Fiat Chrysler Authority states the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which was revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, can hit 0-60 mph in just 3.9 seconds. That’s seriously impressive. In comparison, the 2017 Cadillac XT5 will do 0-60 in … 6.5 seconds in top trim.
So, we ask, should Cadillac try to match the Alfa Romeo Stelvio? If it were to do so, it would require a serious investment in performance. And if there’s one thing Alfa Romeo does well, it’s injecting performance into every offering in its small lineup. Granted, we’re talking about the Quadrifoglio and it’s 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, but we think the thought is valid.
Furthermore, the Stelvio sends power through an eight-speed automatic transmission with stated 100-millisecond shift points and to a standard Q4 all-wheel drive system. If that’s not enough, there’s a dedicated race mode, torque vectoring differential, adaptive suspension and all of this sits with a 200 mph speedometer sitting in front of the driver. Yeah, Alfa means business here.
Cadillac could punch back with a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, possibly from a V-Sport XT5 variant, but the brand has stated it won’t dilute the V brand with crossovers and SUVs in the future. However, the way the market has shifted, we wouldn’t be surprised if Cadillac changes its tune.
What do you think? Would Cadillac and Alfa Romeo even be cross shopped? Or is Cadillac seriously missing out?