Alfa-Romeo’s stylish siblings, the Giulia Sedan and Stelvio SUV, have received a number of updates. The new models, now available in South Africa, are limited to just two models respectively. The highly desirable Quadrifoglio models remain, thankfully.
Starting off the Guilia range is the Veloce derivative, with a price tag of R989 900. Featuring a 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine, the sporty executive sedan offers up 206 kW/400 Nm of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Veloce is blessed with a comprehensive list of standard features, including leather-trimmed sports seats, satellite navigation (accessed through the new 8.8-inch infotainment touchscreen) , AEB (autonomous emergency braking - with pedestrian detection) and much more, including two-zone climate control.
The M3-rivalling QV remains the halo Giulia, with a retail price of R1 599 900. The sonorous 2.9-litre V6 engine remains under the muscly bonnet, with an impressive 375 kW and 600 Nm of torque on tap. Like the Veloce, the QV sends its power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed auto ‘box. Special touches include carbon fibre trim and alcantara in the interior, while underneath, active torque vectoring provides a thrilling experience for keen drivers.
Like its Veloce sedan sibling, the Stelvio Super receives the same turbo four-pot, producing the same power and torque figures. Only here, the eight-speed auto sends its power to all four wheels. The larger Stelvio comes with a larger price tag, too - R1 159 900. Like the Veloce, however, the Stelvio Super is very well-equipped. Aside from receiving the upgrades that have been bestowed upon the Giulia, Stelvio also receives eight-way electrically operated seats with memory (for the driver) and lumbar adjustment, among other features.
A performance derivative of the Stelvio is available too - at R1 749 900, the Stelvio Q uses the same powertrain as the Giulia Quadrifoglio, but with four-wheel drive.
Alfa-Romeo has included a five-year/100 000 km warranty and maintenance plan on all models, as standard.