Acura, Range Rover and Alfa Romeo are equipping their midsize SUVs with high-end touches under the hood and behind the wheel. The special-edition SUVs launching this week at the New York International Auto Show deliver more power, luxury and performance.
ALFA ROMEO STELVIO QUADRIFOGLIO
Alfa Romeo has reimagined its Stelvio crossover as a $95,890, high-performance Quadrifoglio NRING version to serve as its halo SUV. The NRING edition, designed to be the fastest SUV at Nϋrburgring, pays homage to the brand’s motor-sport heritage. The 505-horsepower SUV runs on a V6 engine that helps it reach 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 176 mph.
The 2019 Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING comes with 20-inch wheels, red brake calipers, a dual-pane sunroof and carbon fiber side sills. Inside, Alfa’s range-topping SUV gets a carbon fiber steering wheel and shifter bezel and two-tone, red-and-black leather upholstery with red stitching.
Alfa also plans to build an NRING version of its Giulia sports car. The Italian automaker is capping production of both vehicles at 110 units combined.
RANGE ROVER VELAR AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Range Rover is revealing a high-end version of its Velar midsize SUV under its Autobiography label at the New York show. The 2020 Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition is a limited-run model. As the nameplate’s fastest version, the 550-horsepower variant can hit 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. Powered by a 5.0-liter V8 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the new model shares a powertrain with the Jaguar F-Pace SVR edition and gets large brakes and red-painted calipers.
The Velar’s all-wheel drive system, driving modes, rear differential, air suspension, steering and rear differential come tuned specifically for range-topping performance. All models come equipped with performance seats, a sportier steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters, and more carbon-fiber trim.
ACURA MDX PMC EDITION
Like Alfa Romeo, Acura is making high-end editions of its midsize sedan and SUV. At the show in New York, Honda’s luxury division is showcasing a production model of its TLX PMC Edition and a prototype for a forthcoming PMC edition of its MDX crossover.
The PMC name, a nod to the brand’s Marysville, Ohio-based Performance Manufacturing Center, denotes more power and performance.
Acura has not released details on its plans for the MDX – the larger of its two utility vehicles – but says that the 2020 TLX PMC Edition will be built by the same master technicians that hand-assemble the brand’s NSX supercar. Deliveries of the 2020 TLX PMC Edition will start this summer, with pricing around $50,000.
MERCEDES-BENZ EQC EDITION 1886
Mercedes-Benz introduced a unique version of its upcoming EQC electric vehicle called the Edition 1886. The name is in reference to the year the company debuted the world’s first automobile and signifies the beginning of a new electric era for Mercedes.
The EQC Edition 1886 has the same 80-kilowatt-hour battery as the standard model with up to 402 horsepower and 293 miles of range. Its styling takes a new direction. Metallic silver is the only exterior color available on the Edition 1886, offset with gloss black exterior panels, badges and 20-inch wheels.
The interior comes in a blue-and-black color theme with 1886 lettering embroidered into the seats and center console. Other features include a Burmester surround audio system and Mercedes’ Energizing Package that keeps drivers fresh with optimized lighting and fragrances. The vehicle can even use data gathered from Garmin wearable watches and fitness trackers to reduce stress and fatigue.
The EQC Edition 1886 will go on sale in 2020.
Editor’s note: Trucks.com staff writer Ryan ZumMallen contributed to this report.