Stellantis South Africa, after a wait of almost two years, have officially announced price and spec details of the facelift Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio, as well as the performance Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) models.
Touching down in a slimmed-down lineup comprising four models in total, both are unchanged outside with the biggest tweaks reserved for the interior.
Standard across the range, the previously optional rotary dial 8.8-inch Uconnect infotainment system gains Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with the other additions being a new seven-inch instrument cluster, a wireless smartphone charger, rear USB port, redesigned centre console, upgraded materials, a new steering wheel and new gear lever.
Standard specification items consists of 19-inch alloy wheels on the Giulia and 20-inch wheels on the Stelvio with both sporting the following as standard:
- dual-zone climate control
- leather sport seats
- tyre pressure monitor
- Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
- adaptive cruise control
- rear parking sensors plus a reverse camera
Reserved for the Stelvio are front parking sensors, two as opposed to one rear USB port, folding electric mirrors and bi-LED headlights in addition to:
- red brake calipers
- Hill Descent Control
- Auto High Beam Assist
- Blind Spot Assist
- Lane Keep Assist
- Forward Collision Warning
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Driver Attention Alert
- push-button start
- keyless entry
Aside from the QV models, the standard Giulia and Stelvio consist of one model each with the Veloce replacing the base, Super and Stile versions of the former, and the Super remaining as the sole trim grade for the latter now that the undesignated base model has been dropped.
The arrival of the Veloce though means the Giulia receives the same outputs as the Stelvio with power from 2.0-litre turbo-petrol engine rising from 147kW/330Nm to 206kW/400Nm. An eight-speed automatic transmission is once again standard on both with Alfa claiming a top speed of 240 km/h for the Giulia and 230 km/h for the Stelvio. Both will complete the 0-100 km/h dash in 5.7 seconds with the Giulia remaining rear-wheel-drive and the Stelvio all-wheel-drive.
Building on the changes applied to their siblings, the QV models boast carbon fibre exterior detailing, an Akropovic exhaust system and in the case of Giulia, 19-inch lightweight alloy wheels with the Stelvio riding on newly designed 20-inch wheels.
Unique to the interior are leather/Alcantara QV specific sport seats, real carbon fibre inserts, heated steering wheel, optional carbon fibre seat shells and in the case of the Stelvio, a 15-speaker sound system with the Giulia receiving aluminium anodised brake calipers and Blind Spot Monitoring.
No changes have taken place up front where the Ferrari-sourced 2.9-litre bi-turbo V6 punches out 375kW/600Nm. Hooked to a revised version of the eight-speed automatic box, the rear-wheel-drive Giulia QV will get from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and hit 309 km/h, while the all-paw gripping Stelvio will complete the benchmark sprint in 3.8 seconds before topping out at 283 km/h.
Now available with the hardcore Giulia GTA due later this year or early next year, all four models come as standard with a five year/100 000 km warranty and maintenance plan.
- Giulia Veloce – R989 000
- Giulia QV – R1 599 900
- Stelvio Super – R1 159 900
- Stelvio QV – R1 749 900
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