Italian manufacturer Alfa Romeo recently unveiled a new touch to the Giulia and Stelvio SUV. It’s not as drastic as a change you would expect, but there’s more than meets the eye.
The most noticeable change starts at the front – the headlights are now “3+3” adaptive LED units. The front air ducts are new, complete with a unique finish. The taillights on both models receive slight adjustments: for the Giulia, it is smoked with a glossy black finish, while the Stelvio is left untouched. It could be the sunset, but the slight tint of the taillights are easier on the eyes; a subtle improvement. But that’s about it for the exterior. As we said, there weren’t many changes outside. There is, however, a new 12.3-inch digital speedo, which comes with three different modes. Evolved has the speedo and tachometer on each side, Relax allows for less stuff on the screen, and Heritage brings on the gauges of older Alfa models; which is adapted to the modern times, of course.
Adding to the Sprint and Veloce trims in the Giulia is the Competizione variant, which has 21-inch rims, red brake calipers, audio system by Harman/Kardon, and is painted in Moon Light gray, also exclusive to this trim. It is based on the Veloce, and also has red stitching on the seats, privacy glass, and is equipped with the 2.0–liter turbocharged inline 4, making 197 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque. The 2.2-liter inline 4 Multijet diesel might’ve been killed off, as it isn’t available as an option for the refresh. You also get an NFT with your Veloce, but we suppose buyers will be just fine without it. On an unrelated note, have those things really fell off to the point where they’re included as extras?
While we have been used to much more radical alterations when we hear facelifts, Alfa’s mild facelifts are pretty alright. At times you don’t need to fix what doesn’t need fixing. There’s nothing wrong with being conservative, and there’s definitely no need for intentionally controversial design choices. Still, attracting the audience via debates is certainly not the Italians way of getting their buyers.
p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Alfa Romeo)