Alfa Romeo refreshes its Giulia and Stelvio SUV in SA - what you should know

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Alfa Romeo have launched updated versions of the Stelvio and Giulia.

The Italian automaker now forms part of the Stellantis group.

Five units of the very exclusive Giulia GTA have been confirmed for the South African market.

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Stellantis is a new global brand that incorporates Fiat, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Opel, Peugeot and Citroën, making them the sixth-largest multinational automaker globally. Similarly, all these brands are now represented by one organisation and one dealer network in South Africa.

The advantage of such a consortium is that each brand can focus on what they are good at, and collectively they offer something for almost anyone who walks onto their showroom floor.

With a rich motorsport heritage that goes back more than 100 years, Alfa Romeo is not a volume brand but rather a brand that oozes passion and serves its discerning customer by offering unique takes on popular vehicle concepts that speak to this need.

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(2021) Alfa Romeo Giulia (front) and Stelvio

Giulia and Stelvio receive minor updates

The Giulia and Stelvio remain the cornerstones of the Alfa Romeo brand, and now these two models have been updated with a host of minor changes.

The interiors of both cars have been refreshed to highlight quality and elegance further. Connectivity has been improved thanks to the addition of an 8.8-inch touch screen infotainment system that boasts smartphone-like ease of use and mirroring while enabling a suite of Mopar services for remote car management.

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The underpinnings have been slightly updated, too. The front suspension has double wishbones with semi-virtual steering to make the suspension angle more controllable. The new Alfalink is introduced on the rear suspension. This multi-link system remains rigid when cornering, but is also longitudinally flexible.

The all-aluminium engines remain the same, but are now Euro 6b-final compliant. The 2.0 litre turbocharged unit offers 206kW, while the bi-turbo 375kW V6 powerplant enables a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.9 seconds. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In addition to the aforementioned suspension upgrades, the Giulia QV is equipped with Alfa Chassis Domain Control and innovative Alfa Active suspension, which continually and actively controls the suspension and shock absorbers.

Alfa Romeo Giulia
2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo's first SUV

Based on the same dynamic platform as the Giulia, Alfa Romeo's first SUV conquered the challenge of making an Alfa capable of driving with agility off-road without losing anything in terms of performance and handling on the road.

The Stelvio continues to deliver on this promise. Boasting perfect 50/50 weight distribution, Alfa Romeo Q4 all-wheel drive architecture, excellent power to weight and innovative engine and driver technologies, it embodies everything an Alfa Romeo should. Dynamically this is probably one of the best SUVs around, and one needs to constantly remind yourself that you are behind the wheel of an SUV and not a hot hatch.

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The Stelvio boasts a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating thanks in part to a host of innovative safety systems, including Integrated Brake System, Autonomous Emergency Brake with pedestrian detection, Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

Under the bonnet is the same all-aluminium, four-cylinder, 206kW 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission as in the Giulia, which allows for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.2 seconds.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with the 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine, which delivers 375kW at 6 500rpm and 600Nm from 2 500rpm. Thanks to the Q4 all-wheel drive system, this model can complete the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 283km/h.

Further additions include rear USB ports, a cargo net, passive entry, a wireless charging pad and eight-way adjustable seats.

Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Pricing

Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce R989 900

Alfa Romeo Giulia QV R1 599 900

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Super R1 1159 900

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Q R1 749 900

Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Giulia GTA confirmed for South Africa

The big news is that South African Alfa Romeo dealers have received five deposits for GTA and GTAm variants of the Giulia, which will arrive in time for Christmas. These models are limited to just 500 units globally.

The Giulia GTA is the ultimate iteration of the Giulia, with specifications including 20-inch centre lock wheels, carbon fibre, bonnet, bumper and wheel arches, and a wide body carbon fibre body kit that is 50mm wider than that of the standard Giulia. 

Available in two versions, the Giulia GTA with four seats and the Giulia GTAm with two race seats, roll-bar and six-point harness, they will both feature the 2.9 litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine along with a raft of weight-saving solutions to remain true to the original 1965 model.

In GTA iterations, the engine has been tuned to deliver 397kW, thanks in part to the addition of an Akrapovic titanium exhaust system. The cherry on the top is GTA and Autodelta logos etched into the paintwork, harking back to the glory days of Alfa Romeo motorsport success under this nomenclature.

Owners will also receive a personalised package including a Bell helmet in a special GTA livery, a complete racing set by Alpinestars and a personalised car cover.

It all comes at a price. When they arrive in South Africa, the Alfa Romeo GTA and GTAm will cost R4 000 000 and R4 300 000, respectively.

Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm
2022 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm
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