Tonale-esque new look and revised spec for Alfa's dynamic duo
By Matt Bird / Thursday, 27 October 2022 / Loading comments
Last April, Stellantis confirmed that the Giorgio platform which underpins both Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia would be culled. The architecture wasn’t built for electrification, rendering it almost unworkable in the years to come. This means there can’t be long left to buy either the saloon or SUV, given the former was launched in 2015 and the latter followed the year after. To make them more appealing than ever (likely for the final time), Alfa has updated the Giulia and Stelvio ranges for 2023.
A fresh look is the biggest change, both cars adopting the 3+3 light style seen on the Tonale (itself paying homage to the SZ). There’s more to it than meets the eye, too, with adaptive matrix LEDs standard, welcome and goodbye lights and segmented high beam included in the new look. The Trilobo grille has been reworked ‘in a contemporary style’.
Inside, there’s a new digital dash for both models, the 12.3-inch TFT screen configurable through Evolved, Relax and Heritage displays, the latter notable for its retro look intended to evoke the iconic models of the 60s and 70s. From here, it looks as if another set of stylish analogue dials has been lost to yet another screen, but there we are. Following the Tonale, the new Giulia and Stelvio get Non-Fungible-Token (NFT) tech, essentially ensuring the vehicle’s data – service history, most notably – can’t be meddled with.
Though mechanically unchanged, with the same range of four-cylinder petrol and diesels, the eight-speed auto and Alfa Link suspension, the trim levels of both Giulia and Stelvio have been tweaked. Again it mirrors the strategy employed for the Tonale – ‘to make the customer’s configuration of the vehicle as simple as possible’, says Alfa – and comprises Sprint and Veloce specs.
For 2023, the Giulia will be exclusively available with the 280hp 2.0-litre petrol, with the Stelvio adding the option of a 210hp diesel. A new Competizione model now sits at the top of the range, too, based on the Veloce and identified by the Moon Light paint, Competizione badges and red brake calipers. Inside, it gets red stitching, a leather dash and upgraded Harmon Kardon audio. Alfa insists the new models are the ‘ultimate expression of performance and style’.
But surely that’s the Quadrifoglio, right? Well, worry not – Alfa UK has confirmed to us that the 510hp variant of both cars will receive a similar update, it’ll just come a little later. Expect to hear more details on that before too long. As for the rest of the lineup, expect to see facelifted cars in the UK come the first quarter of next year.
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