Alfa Romeo have just unveiled the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia and Alfa Romeo Stelvio with refreshed designs and features. These award-winning models have received international praise in the past, thanks to their timeless looks and trademark driving dynamics.
These latest generations are set to create even more hype with their updated exterior, additional interior specs, upgraded safety and infotainment systems, and their improved engines and performance capabilities.
The master craftsmen at Alfa Romeo have designed a new front end for both the Giulia and the Stelvio. This fresh design aesthetic delivers a unique finish to the front and lower grilles of the two main airducts.
New Full-LED Adaptive Matrix headlights with 3+3 light structures are another noteworthy addition to both front ends. Fitted with an Adaptive Front Lighting System, the LEDs constantly adjust the dipped beam headlights, depending on the driving conditions and speed at which the vehicle is travelling. Additionally, Glare-Free Beam Segmented Technology automatically detects oncoming traffic from both directions, and ensures other drivers are not submitted to blinding light.
Alfa have also introduced the new Competizione special series. It is based on the Veloce trim and is available with all engine options. The top-of-the-line launch edition combines an exclusive Moon Light grey matt finish with red brake callipers. The new Stelvio version has been bestowed with 21-inch alloy wheels to enhance its sporty prowess.
New, cutting-edge technology has been added to the internal setup of the new Giulia and Stelvio, to ensure the most comfortable, functional, and practical interior possible. Two trim levels are available namely Sprint and Veloce – each with their own distinctive characteristics. The Sprint is the entry level trim, whilst the more exclusive Veloce trim features enhanced performance capabilities.
The new Competizione special series adds a Harman/Kardon audio system to the equation, along with a leather-upholstered dashboard and seats, complete with red stitching. Privacy glass ensures a concealed interior environment. Competizione badges situated on the front and side headrests enhance the classy feel of these superior models.
Infotainment and Safety
This Italian car manufacturer has made sure the all-new Giulia and Stelvio models retain their comfortable driving environments, as well as the ability to produce the trademark Alfa Romeo supreme driving experience.
A major part of this experience is the new, instrument panel and infotainment system. Both new car models are equipped with a fully digital instrument panel with a ‘telescopic’ design. The setup includes a 12.3-inch TFT screen through which all the vehicles’ important information and parameters relating to the autonomous driving technologies can be accessed.
There are three instrument cluster layout configurations on offer, Evolved, Relax and Heritage. The ‘Evolved’ option represents the future of the brand’s design, uses the central screen area, and keeps its two lateral quadrants in place. The ‘Relax’ option is comfort focussed, is free of detailed information and removes the two quadrants. Lastly, the ‘Heritage’ option – inspired by the iconic Alfa Romeo models of the 60s and 70s – features distinctive details such as inverted numbers at the end of the speedometer.
Both the Giulia and Stelvio new models are fitted with the intuitive Human Machine Interface (HMI). This system has been included to provide easy access to all the cars’ capabilities. The optional Alfa Connect Services is coupled with the cars’ infotainment system to provide features including over-the-air-updates and My Remote – that allows for control of several car functions via a smartphone or smartwatch.
Both models are also equipped with an automotive first – Non-Fungible-Token (NFT) technology. This technology records the vehicles’ main information and generates a certificate on which the car’s life is recorded. This information is non-modifiable, meaning it will be accurate. This NFT certificate will supply potential buyers of the car with preserved vehicle information – guaranteeing proper vehicle preservation to the individual – whilst supporting its remaining value. This NFT technology is equipped as standard on the new Competizione special series.
Safety wise, both the Giulia and Stelvio models house a complete suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for level-two driving autonomy. This setup allows the cars to take control of the steering wheel, the accelerator, and the brake, via electronic systems, to support the driver in emergency situations and on long, tiring journeys. Additionally, the electromechanical Integrated Braking System (IBS) provides weight optimisation, and ensures the brakes respond instantly- thereby reducing the stopping distance.
Engine and Performance
There is no question that the new Giulia and Stelvio models have been designed to offer a sporty experience – their lightweight design accredited to the use of ultra-lightweight materials including aluminium and carbon.
Engine wise, the Giulia range will be fitted with the rear-wheel drive 280-hp petrol engine, and the Stelvio will have the option of an all-wheel-drive, 280-hp petrol engine or a 210-hp diesel engine. All these engine options are combined with an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The combination of these vehicles’ state-of-the-art engines, excellent weight distribution, power to weight ratio, and technical features, has evolved the Alfa Romeo experience to new heights.
The all-wheel-drive Stelvio features Q4 technology that effortlessly manages the traction of the car – ensuring the highest levels of safety, efficiency, and performance. Additionally, it reduces both fuel-consumption and reaction times.
The Alfa Romeo Q4 system enables the new Stelvio to deliver all power to the rear wheels. If at any time the tire grip approaches its traction limit, or if the driver requests it, the Q4 system will immediately provide up to 50 percent of the engine torque to the front wheels, in less than 150 milliseconds.
Furthermore, the Stelvio Veloce can integrate the Q2 mechanical self-locking differential with the Q4 all-wheel drive. This is also available on the rear-wheel drive Giulia. This feature ensures excellent traction control by constantly keeping the wheels in check, and reducing sliding, when travelling at higher speeds. It enhances the stability of the car during high-speed acceleration, whilst cornering, and in wet and slippery driving conditions.
Lastly, the Alfa Link suspension features an Alfa Romeo exclusive double wishbone on the front, complete with a semi-virtual steering axis. This optimises the filtering effect and allows for fast, responsive, and accurate handling of the cars. A multilink solution is located at the rear – providing improved handling. The Competizione special series features Alfa Active Suspension with an electronically controlled damping system. It constantly adapts to the immediate driving environment and conditions, thereby increasing the performance and comfort levels of the experience.
Both vehicles will be available for purchase in the first quarter of 2023.