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Here’s what’s in the 2019 Alfa Romeos

by David Zatz on

Alfa Romeo has launched its 2019 cars a bit early — possibly to show off the 4C’s upgrades.  The lightweight, race-oriented high-performance car gained a new standard backup camera, cruise control, and rear parking sensors, making it a bit easier to drive to the track. There are also new standalone options, which used to be part of packages: a race-tuned suspension, microfiber steering wheel, and carbon fiber mirrors with or without an Italian flag.

2019 Alfa Romeo cars

More to the point for the average Alfa Romeo buyer, and certainly to the Mopar fan looking to the Giulia for hints of what may be in Dodge’s future, there are update to the Giulia and Stelvia as well.

First, the driveable, sporty Stelvio will come with rear wheel drive, rather than all wheel drive, which should help drop the price a bit. All trim levels will get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Quadrifoglio will have anodized brake calipers and 20-inch bright five-hole forged aluminum wheels.

There are also new options for all Stelvios — a premium alarm and heated rear seats — and a new “Imola Titanium Metallic” paint on Stelvio and Stelvio Ti. There’s also a new Nero (black) Edizione, with a general black/dark look; calipers can be red, black, or yellow on the Stelvio and Ti. A Carbon edition of the Ti Sport will come out later with carbon fiber trim, including the grille, and other touches; the Quadrifoglio will have a late-availability carbon fiber package (grille, mirror caps, and badge).

Finally, the Giulia Ti Sport will get 19-inch five-hole wheels, and the Quadrifoglio will get anodized calipers and three-part folding rear seats with a third headrest. There are also new Giulia options — 17 and 19 inch wheels, two colors, the premium alarm and heated rear seats, and the “Ice/Ice” interior. Giulia will get  Nero, Carbon, and Carbon Fiber packages similar to the Stelvio’s.

Alfa Romeo has been attracting attention in the United States, but sales have been slow to follow. Sweetening the package may help.

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