Alfa Romeo’s rebirth got off to a rocky start, but the company hoping for a brighter future with their updated 2020 Giulia and Stelvio that were joined at the Los Angeles Auto Show by a neon-green Giulia Quadrifoglio from the upcoming Netflix movie ‘6 Underground’ staring Ryan Reynolds that will air December 13, 2019.
Introducing a few new cool heritage colors themselves, the updated Giulia and Stelvio that you will be able to buy have an improved interior and an assortment of new technology features.
Among the highlights are a new leather-wrapped steering wheel and a revised shifter. The latter is mounted on a new center console that features higher quality knobs, increased storage capacity and a new Italian flag badge. There’s also larger cup holders in the Giulia as well as a new phone storage compartment which can be equipped with an optional wireless charger.
More importantly, the models have a newly standard 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that replaces the previous non-touch 6.5-inch display. That’s a welcome change and Alfa Romeo says the system offers more personalization options, a customizable homepage and new “performance pages.” The system also has a faster processor, improved graphics and a 12-month trial of SiriusXM Radio.
Speaking technology, there’s a redesigned 7-inch display in the instrument cluster. It has a new layout, improved graphics and an easy-to-read format.
More meaningful updates come in the form of an assortment of driver assistance systems including a Level 2 semi-autonomous driving system called Highway Assist. Other systems include Traffic Jam Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Keep Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Driver Attention Alert and Full Speed Forward Collision Warning Plus.
Rounding out the new tech features are a Wi-Fi Hotspot, over-the-air updates and an assortment of connectivity functions such as SOS Call, Vehicle Finder and Stolen Vehicle Locator.
While most of the updates focus on the interior, the exterior hasn’t been forgotten. The Stelvio gains a body-color appearance kit, while Sport models gain a new Dark Miron styling package. There’s also a new Exterior Carbon Fiber Package that adds a carbon fiber grille surround, carbon fiber mirror caps and Dark Miron badging on Quadrifoglio models.
The color palette has been updated as well and new choices include Anodized Blue and Lunare White. Verde Visconti Metallic is also a new option for the Giulia.
Engine options carryover and US customers will find a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 280 hp (209 kW / 284 PS) and 306 lb-ft (415 Nm) of torque. Customers can also upgrade to the Quadrifoglio which has a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 developing 505 hp (377 kW / 512 PS) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque.
In the United States, pricing starts at $39,345 for the Giulia and $74,445 for the Giulia Quadrifoglio. Likewise, the Stelvio begins at $41,345 and $80,445 for the Quadrifoglio variant.
Note: Prices exclude a destination change of $1,295 (Giulia / Stelvio) or $1,595 (Quadrifoglio variants)