2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Giulia Debut In LA With Tech Updates, More Autonomous Driving Capability

Both see a small price hike and will go on sale by the end of 2019

At first glance, you may not spot the differences.

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia haven’t been around for too long, so this is their mid-cycle refresh as opposed to a complete overhaul. While the brand’s flagship sedan and crossover roll into 2020 looking pretty much the same on the outside, the new model year brings important changes under the skin in terms of technology and driver assistance technology.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia Debut In LA With Tech Updates, More Autonomous Driving Capability
[Photos: FCA]

On the outside, the revised cars receive new exterior colors including Anodized Blue, Lunare White and, exclusive to the Giulia, Verde Visconti. Both get an optional carbon fiber package on the high-performance Quadrifoglio models, and the Stelvio gets a new body-color kit on Sport models and above with painted wheel flares, rocker panels and rear fascia.

Powertrains remain the same for the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia. Entry models get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel. The Quadrifoglio version will remain on both cars, sporting a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Both mate up to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the performance variants claim 0-60 times in the 3.6 (Stelvio) to 3.8 (Giulia) second range.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia Debut In LA With Tech Updates, More Autonomous Driving Capability

Improved interior, technology

Most of the appreciable changes to the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio and Giulia are happening inside the cars. Both get an updated 8.8-inch infotainment display with performance and graphical improvements, as well as FCA’s Performance Pages app. Other interior updates include an updated shifter, steering wheel and some of the rotary dials. They’re subtle tweaks, yet FCA says these changes “represent an evolution of world-class performance, state-of-the-art technology and seductive Italian styling.”

There’s also a new Advanced Driver Assistance System package on both cars with Level 2 autonomous driving features, allowing the cars to control steering, acceleration and braking with less human intervention. Features like Highway Assist and Traffic Jam Assist help take control when the situation calls for it, on top of the traditional features like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and a driver attention warning system.

Price hikes

With a new model year and more standard equipment comes an inevitable, but modest price hike. The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia starts at $40,640 including the $1,295 destination fee — an $800 increase from the 2019 model. The Giulia Quadrifoglio starts at $75,740, which is only $200 more than the previous version. The same story goes for the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, which costs between $42,640 and $81,740 for the base and Quadrifoglio models before options.

Both the revised Giulia and Stelvio will hit U.S. dealers by the end of the year. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates from the 2019 LA Auto Show!