With just a limited range of vehicles on offer, Alfa Romeo isn't stopping work on the Giulia sedan and Stelvio crossover. This year, they have given the Quadrifoglio versions of these two models to keep it bang up to date against its key competitors. With rivals such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo is doing as much as they can to continue luring away performance car shoppers away from the Germans.
So what has Alfa Romeo done to turn the tide? Oddly enough, nothing under the hood. It still uses the Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine. Power is still at 510 PS and 600 Nm of torque. Still, the performance of the engine is not what we'd call underpowered; it can, after all, pull off a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds in the Giulia.
Instead of adding power, the Italian automaker added safety and user interface enhancements to elevate the user experience. On top of that, the two were given more options inside and out for future customers to make their cars truly individual.
In the aspect of safety, both the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio now feature something we wouldn't expect from performance cars: semi-autonomous driving. These cars now pack level two autonomous driving capabilities. The package includes Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Cruise Control, Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Control, Traffic Jam Assist and Highway Assist, and Driver Attention Assist.
As for exterior changes, there are no significant updates. The new Quadrifoglio versions do get new tail light elements with burnished lenses. There's also the 'new' badges finished in gloss black. New exterior colors have been introduced which Alfa Romeo says is a tribute to their past models. There's Rosso 6C Villa d’Este (from the 6C), Ocra GT Junior (from the 1300 GT Junior), and Montreal Green (derived from the dramatic-looking Montreal).
All in all, the updates aren't immediately visible, but Alfa Romeo does have big plans for the Giulia and Stelvio. There will be all-new versions of these aforementioned models within the decade. Also, the Italian automaker will be introducing two new crossovers which could go up against the likes of the Audi Q2 and Lexus UX in the B-crossover class, along with a BMW X1 and Lexus NX competitor. Alfa Romeo may be small to the German and Japanese luxury marques, but they are keen on expanding their product portfolio in the quest for more sales.