Volvo, Jeep & Alfa Romeo setting the pace

Armstrong Prestige on Andersons Bay Road
Armstrong Prestige on Andersons Bay Road
The highly anticipated all-new Jeep Wrangler
The highly anticipated all-new Jeep Wrangler
This is an action-packed year for Jeep.

Anderson Bay Road Sales Consultant, Demetri Raffills says “With the all-new, highly anticipated Wrangler arriving, we are expecting to see a huge increase in demand at the Andy Bay dealership. The new Wrangler combines an unmatched combination of off-road capability, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on and off-road dynamics, and, (as you would expect from a modern vehicle) it now features a whole host of innovative safety and advanced technology features. The truly exciting thing about this car for me (and I think other Jeep enthusiasts will agree) is that it has managed to maintain its Wrangler authenticity. Not only in its instantly recognisable Wrangler aesthetic, but in its rugged go-anywhere feel’’ he concludes. Demetri notes that the Wrangler is set to arrive at the dealership in June with pre-orders available now.

The Volvo brand has surged in popularity with the release of their new SUV range. The XC60 won the title of World Car of the Year, and more recently the XC40 emerged as one of the best buys in the premium SUV segment. The XC90 is available as a plug-in hybrid with plans in place to introduce the same technology across the entire Volvo range.

The recently launched Volvo XC40 compact SUV
The recently launched Volvo XC40 compact SUV

Alfa Romeo had a strong year in 2018 at the Anderson Bay Road dealership launching the Stelvio SUV. Born from the world’s greatest driving road – The legendary Stelvio Pass in Northern Italy, the car feels right at home on the winding roads in the Otago and Southland regions. “The diesel engine boasts the best fuel efficiency in its class making it a viable choice for those on the hunt for an economic luxury SUV” Demetri says. “With the arrival of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio engine variant of the SUV, Demetri expects to see further pick up in sales for Alfa Romeo. “The new Quadrifoglio is an exciting variation of the Stelvio SUV. We’re expecting this car to appeal more to the thrill-seeking, performance car enthusiast type” he says.

The New Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV
The New Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV

The new Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with the same 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 Ferrari built engine found in the Giulia Quadrifoglio and offers a maximum output of 380kW (510hp) and 600Nm. Paired with a specifically calibrated eight-speed automatic, the SUV will hit 100km/h in just 3.8 seconds and on to a best-in-class top speed of 283km/h. “The Quadrifoglio engine has really moved this SUV into the sports car / performance realm” says Demetri. Transcending the competition of its predecessor, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio now contends with the likes of the Audi SQ5, Porsche Macan Turbo and BMW X5 M.

“If you’re looking for the comfort of an SUV but you want the power of a sports car then this is the car for you” Demetri says. “To me, the new Stelvio sets a new benchmark in performance, style and technology in an SUV that is uniquely and unmistakably Italian”.

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