If you Alfa Romeo car, you often get compliments for your choice. How good it is and how good it should be to drive. That also applies to the Alfa Giulia and Stelvio. Alfa Romeo designers who were tasked with giving these models a makeover must have thought: that’s a tough job. Because why would you change something great that already works well in the basics?
look like a monster
You have to look three times before you see what’s different about the updated Alfa Giulia and Stelvio. The biggest change is the new full LED dynamic matrix headlights. In terms of design, they are more similar to that of Tonale, the latest Alfa. Alfa calls them ‘3+3’ lights. Its design evokes memories of the Alfa Romeo Proteo, a research model from the early 1990s, and the Zagato SZ, which was also called the ‘monster’ because of its formidable appearance.
Back to the smoking glass
For better road visibility, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio are now equipped with a system that continuously adjusts the low beam for speed and driving conditions. Also new is a system that helps prevent the glare of other drivers in bad lighting conditions. According to Alfa, the new lighting systems save energy and make the journey safer.
The rear lights are also different, albeit smaller. The Giulia’s have smoked glass while the Stelvio’s have a clear finish.
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Inside, too, information is still limited. The biggest change, on the other hand, is directly in front of you as the driver, namely the device that is now digital. The layout is fortunately in Heritage mode as we are used to from Alfa Romeo: two large clocks with a speedometer on the left and a tachometer on the right. If you select the Rest position, the two ‘analog’ clocks and almost all other driving data will disappear, except for speed, tank capacity and fuel temperature. So nice and clear.
Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio: Super, Ti, Spring and Veloce
What is also good and clear is the number of versions that Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio are available: namely two. As with the Tonale, the Alfa enthusiasts have historically justified names: Super and Ti. To make it more complicated, the Sprint package is available on the Super and the Veloce package on the Ti, unfortunately two names that have a long history with the Italian brand. All include sports enhancements, but which ones exactly, Alfa isn’t saying (yet).
There is no change in the vehicle location. Alfa Giulia and Alfa Stelvio are available with a 2.0 turbo petrol engine with 200 or 280 hp. Diesels exist, but logically they do not reach us.
The new Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio will be available from February 2023. Not to let this go unnoticed, Alfa is introducing a special edition called the Competizione. Standard features include leather upholstery with red stitching for the dashboard and seats and a Harmon/Kardon audio system (see photo above). The version can be recognized from the outside by its matte gray color and red brake calipers. The Stelvio Competizione is also on 21-inch alloys.