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You may now purchase an Alfa Romeo Stelvio in PH

Also, the biturbo Quadrifoglio version is available by indent

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is beautiful but expensive. PHOTO FROM ALFA ROMEO

If you’re a regular on this website, there’s a good chance you’re aware that there now exists a local vendor for Alfa Romeo vehicles in our market. That’s Petromax Enterprise, which opened its Alfa Romeo/Abarth showroom at Bonaventure Plaza on Connecticut Street corner Ortigas Avenue in San Juan City back in October.

Now, while this enterprising dealer isn’t really an officially sanctioned one, the owner, a Pampanga-based businessman named Allen Ong, swears his company is here for the long haul and that he is committed to making his Alfa Romeo/Abarth venture a success.

At the opening, Ong announced only one Alfa Romeo model (the Giulia) as being immediately available to interested buyers. And now, the independent importer has sent us a statement saying the Stelvio compact crossover is finally also for sale in the Philippines.

According to Ong, his dealership will offer two versions of the model: the standard 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder Stelvio, and the performance-oriented 2.9-liter biturbo gasoline V6 Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by a 2.9-liter biturbo gasoline V6 engine. It has 505hp. PHOTOS FROM ALFA ROMEO

Ong quoted us the starting price for the regular Stelvio: P4.85 million, which will increase depending on the buyer’s preferred options (full-grain leather seats, wood accents and aluminum pedals, among other things).

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio, meanwhile, can be yours starting at P11 million, which will also go up if the customer opts for expensive goodies (like ceramic brakes, carbon-fiber seats and carbon-fiber accents).

The Quadrifoglio, however, is available only by indent. If you’re interested, you may pay the order-placement fee—10% of the price tag—and then wait 75 to 90 days for your unit to arrive. “We can deliver it in as short as 45 days if there’s a ready unit,” Ong added.

But if you’re the type who hates waiting, you should just settle for the standard and much-cheaper Stelvio. Petromax now has several units customers can already drive home (Ong declined to reveal the size of his inventory, but did say “there are 16 colors to choose from”). Here are actual photos of the display unit in the showroom:

These are actual pictures taken at the Petromax Enterprise showroom in San Juan City. PHOTOS FROM ALLEN ONG

In the United States, the Stelvio starts at $40,295 (P2,086,000), while the Stelvio Quadrifoglio starts at $81,590 (P4,223,000). So basically, the Philippine-market Stelvio is even pricier than the US-market Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Want to own a gorgeous Italian compact crossover that stands out from the sea of pedestrian-looking vehicles out there? You know where to get it. That is, of course, if you can afford it.

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.