2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Updates Revealed, Interior Gets Quality Overhaul

The Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio were designed to compete with the likes of BMW and Mercedes, but there’s no denying they are a little rough around the edges when it comes to quality, especially perceived quality.

Aside from technical and mechanical problems, the vehicles have a cabin that just isn’t up to snuff. However, it appears the company is acknowledging this as the 2020 models will bring a host of upgrades.

According to what looks like an official FCA North America document posted on Autopareri, the 2020 Giulia and Stelvio will come with a revised interior that features a new steering wheel (not that there was anything wrong with the current one), center console, shifter and switchgear. We’ve already seen some of these updates in spy photos, but the forum also posted clearer pictures of the center console.

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As you can see, the cheap plastic gearshift surround has been jettisoned. The console has also been redesigned and it looks slimmer than before. We can also see new controls for the infotainment system and trimmings and a subtle Italian flag accent. In addition, the electronic parking brake button has been moved up next to the gear lever while the center console arm rest has been reshaped.

2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Besides those updates, the vehicles will now come standard with an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. That doesn’t sound too unusual, but the current model uses an old school 6.5-inch display which isn’t even a touchscreen.

Speaking of the infotainment system, it promises “enhanced graphics, new functionality and enhanced adaptability.” That’s a little vague, but the document says drivers can expect a one year subscription to SiriusXM satellite radio as well as one year of access to connected services.

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Speaking of technology, the Giulia and Stelvio are slated to have the “most advanced” Highway Assist system from FCA. The company goes onto say this semi-autonomous Level 2 system will be comparable to Tesla’s autopilot. The models will also have newly standard driver assistance systems including forward collision alert.

Exterior changes will apparently be minor, but include two new paint options called Anodized Blue and Lunare White. Higher-end versions of the Stelvio are also slated to ditch the black plastic body cladding for body-colored trim.

Besides the aforementioned changes, the various trim levels will feature greater differentiation. The number of options will also be reduced as the documents says the number of buildable configurations will be cut by over 90%.

The document doesn’t mention any performance changes, so it’s possible engine options will carryover. As a result, US-spec models could be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 280 hp (209 kW / 284 PS) and 306 lb-ft (415 Nm) of torque. The Quadrifoglio variants should also retain their twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 which develops 505 hp (377 kW / 512 PS) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque.

 

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  • Dennis James

    Excellent improvements. I drove a 280hp 4-cylinder Stelvio and while it was incredibly agile, much more than anything I have ever driven short of some performance sedans), it suffered from a lot of wind noise and the interior, while nicely designed, felt inferior to the Germans.

    The updated model seems to address these issues which would make a great car even better.

  • Marcelo_L

    Without any pictures about what they call a touchscreen infotainment system, it’ll be hard to judge if the got their act together. The standard controls were so 2013 mercedes.

    And for that matter the 280hp base configuration is getting a little long in the tooth.

    They need a mid-range (350hp) model in the lineup.

  • Harry_Wild

    If FCA wanted to sell more Stelvios, all they need to do extend their warranty to 6 years!

    • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

      in norway they have 7 years warrany or up to 200000 km.

  • An Existing Person

    I’m glad they’re stepping up the quality. The only thing Alfa needs right now is a mid-range engine to fill the void between the base 4-Cylinder and the V6TT.

  • SteersUright

    The base engine always needed about 50-70 hp more. The turbo 6 just needed better reliability, already has plenty of power.
    Interiors already looked good but felt flimsy, hopefully this fixes that. Also, needs digital gauges to seem modern like the latest stuff coming out.

  • Dude

    Ok that’s cool and all but does the engine work without destroying itself yet?

  • Merc1

    You can always tell the companies that operate on a shoestring budget. The changes are next to nothing and merely keep the car less behind the competition.

    M

  • Rivaldo

    With these changes want Alfa to withstand ?

  • Jason Panamera

    I don’t want to sound like oracle but dunno why people complain so much about alfa reliability. My friend is working at renting car company where they have different premium brands and Giulia and Stelvio aren’t more problematic than A4s ,S90s or 5 series which they have also in their line-up.

  • Six_Tymes

    Great to see them makes changes for the better. I love these cars, and hope they stick around.

  • Keith Follese

    I have had mine 2 years. NOTHING has gone wrong and as for competing with BMW etc. I think there is no comparison Alfa blows them away. Has looks, heart soul, speed and handles!

    • Dan-o

      Ditto here. A year and a half with a terrific Giulia Quad.

  • Danny Boy

    Great corrections, but where in hell is the mid-range models man? That should’ve been breaking news Alfa!!!! MISSED OPP!!!!!!

  • Dan-o

    Agree. Hardly any service bulletins.

  • Bainbridge

    BMW had it’s day. Cushy family wagon now.

  • Nordschleife

    You literally just said besides these cars looks and performance these cars are mediocre but Bob just said that his thoughts are that they must have got a lot right if they only had to provide tech updates to this car. So Merc1 please tell us all the additional things you would change since in your own words the performance and the design and up to par?

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