Already Gorgeous Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Receive Midlife Update
Alfa Romeo has always been about charismatic and fun cars dripping with infectious personalities. Its latest Giulia and Stelvio offerings have been a return to form for the Italian carmaker while still possessing the usual Alfa attributes. That said, a mid-life update was in order due to rising competition in the entry-level luxury space. Hence, Alfa has sharpened the design for both cars along with bolstering their equipment levels for their midlife ‘facelift’.
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What’s immediately apparent is the new “Trilobo” grille design with larger air ducts alongside the Full-LED Adaptive Matrix headlamps that are a staple feature in premium luxury vehicles from most European manufacturers, our favourites are those found in the Audi e-Tron S. The rear sees the addition of new tail-lamps with a gloss black finish and smoked glass.
Inside, the technology on offer has been updated with the biggest highlight being the addition of a new 12.3-inch TFT screen for the driver display. The digital display also offers three different layouts’ Evolved, Relax, and Heritage. With all three altering the information displayed alongside mode-specific designs. The “Heritage” design is the most interesting to us since it harks back to old Alfas of the Sixties and Seventies with inverted numbers at the end of the speedometer.
Elsewhere, the infotainment screen has been improved along with “Alfa Connect Services” and OTA updates. And just like on the Tonale, both the updated Giulia and the Stelvio receive an NFT (Non-Fungible- Token) feature where a certificate records the life of the car which would further improve the residual value of the car. The technology uses a blockchain card to create a digital registry of sorts.
While the Giulia sedan would only be available with a petrol engine, the Stelvio SUV comes with an option of diesel too plus four-wheel drive. Lastly, there is a new Competizione variant which is distinguished by its exclusive Moon Light grey matte colour and red brake callipers paired with 21-inch alloy wheels. The interior in this trim has a Harman/Kardon audio system along with a leather-upholstered dashboard and seats with red stitching.
Overall, these changes do freshen up the Italian duo while they continue to be sportier alternatives to the current crop of premium sedans/SUVs. You can check out our review of the 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio right here, or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio right here.
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