Competes with: The Giulia competes against other compact sports sedans like the BMW 3 Series and Genesis G70; the Stelvio is in the luxury compact SUV class going up against the likes of the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60.
Looks like: A light refresh brings new exterior colors and a body-color appearance kit
Powertrains: Both models still use a 280-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in base trim. Both also offer a topline Quadrifoglio trim, which packs a 505-hp, twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6; an eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive available
Hits dealerships: End of 2019
With new models in the compact luxury space from key rivals, Alfa Romeo is stepping it up for its Giulia sedan and Stelvio compact SUV, unveiling face-lifted 2020 versions at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show. Both models get a host of new available safety features, as well as some exterior styling tweaks and an upgraded multimedia system.
For 2020, both models see some minor exterior styling updates. Stelvio models get the most changes with a new body-color kit featuring painted wheel flares, lower rocker panels, and rear fascia standard on Sport models and above, as well as an available Dark Miron appearance kit also for Sport models that adds fender flares, side sills and rear fascia finished in a dark-painted finish. For Quadrifoglio models, there’s an available exterior carbon-fiber package that adds a carbon-fiber V-Scudetto grille, carbon-fiber mirror caps and Dark Miron badging.
Both the Guilia and Stelvio get new metallic paint color options for 2020, including Anodized Blue and Lunare White, and for the Giulia only, Verde Visconti.
Most of the noticeable changes are inside, with both models getting a host of interior updates that make it look more upscale in terms of both materials and technology.
Both models get a new leather-wrapped steering wheel and a new center console. It features a new machined-knurled aluminum-look rotary dial, upgraded knob materials and increased storage capacity. It’s highlighted by a new Italian flag badge at the base of the shifter. In the Giulia, there are larger cupholders and a new phone storage area with available wireless charging.
In terms of tech, the models get an updated multimedia system. For 2020, an 8.8-inch touchscreen is standard. The automaker says it provides additional personalization options, as well as enhanced interactivity and visibility, versus the last unit. Also redesigned is the standard 7-inch TFT instrument cluster screen; Alfa Romeo says it offers more information in an easy-to-read format with a new layout, real-time data and improved graphics.
2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio | Manufacturer image
Under the Hood
The two models’ powertrains carryover. Both have a standard 280-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Both also offer a topline Quadrifoglio trim level, which packs a 505-hp, twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6; an eight-speed automatic is the sole transmission, and rear- or all-wheel drive is available.
Safety and driver assistance take a big leap forward for both models this year. New for 2020 is a suite of driver assistance features that enables semi-autonomous driving capability.
The 2020 Giulia and Stelvio mark the debut of a full set of available advanced driver assist system functions, including Level 2 autonomous capability, which allows the vehicle to control acceleration, braking and steering under certain conditions — “providing the driver with the perfect balance between driving pleasure and autonomous control,” according to Alfa Romeo. Available features include highway assist, traffic jam assist, traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, active blind spot assist, a driver attention alert and the Standard Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus system.
The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio go on sale by the end of 2019, starting at $40,640 for the Giulia and $42,640 for the Stelvio, an increase of $800 over model-year 2019 versions (prices include a $1,295 destination charge). Quadrifoglio versions start at $76,040 for the Giulia and $82,040 for the Stelvio (each including a $1,595 destination fee).
The 2019 L.A. Auto Show opens its doors to the public Nov. 22 through Dec. 1 following a media-only preview Nov. 20-21. We’ll have a full team of automotive journalists at the show, so check back in with us frequently for all the coverage before, during and after.
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