LA Auto Show 2019

Alfa Romeo properly freshens up Giulia and Stelvio for 2020 model year

The Italian automaker has given the interior of the Giulia and Stelvio a much-needed upgrade for the 2020 model year.

Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Alfa Romeo has given its Giulia sedan and Stelvios SUV a proper refresh for the 2020 model year, including new technology and higher-end appointments. The automaker says that the models have retained their engaging drive dynamics.

"The Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stevlio receive significant technology, infotainment and interior enhancements for the 2020 model year," said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. "Alfa Romeo's unrivaled driving experience is now elevated by delivering key premium features requested by our current and future customers."

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Buyers can modify their Stelvio with a new package that includes fascia enhancements.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

On the outside of the vehicle are the same as in the previous modle year. Alfa Romeo has developed a new, available, body-color appearance kit that adds fender flares, side sills, and rear fascia with a body-color finish is standard on Sport models and above. Also available on Sport models is the new Dark Miron appearance kit that adds fender flares, side sills and rear fascia finished in a dark-painted finish. An available exterior carbon fiber package adds a carbon fiber V-Scudetto grille, carbon fiber mirror caps, and Dark Miron badging to Quadrifoglio models.

New for 2020, Giulia and Stelvio are aviallabe with Anodized Blue or Lunare White paint jobs. Giulia also gets the option of Verde Visconti metallic paint.

There have been no powertrain enhancements for the new model year.

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia The interior of the Giulia is now thoroughly modern looking, having brushed aside old technology shared with Mazda.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Both models have received new center consoles. They feature a machined-knurled aluminum-look rotary dial, upgraded knob materials and increased storage capacity. Giulia gets bigger cup holders and a new phone storage area with available wireless charging capability.

The car and SUV have a new leather-wrapped shifter and a race-inspired steering wheel.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio The climate controls and shifter are sophisticated looking now.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

Front and center in the vehicles is a new, standard 8.8-inch infotainment touch screen. Driver's have a 7-inch information screen in front of them. Both screens feature new formatting and features. The vehicles come standard with a complementary 12-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription. A Wi-Fi hot spot, over the air updates, and mobile app connectivity functionality add to the vehicles' roster for 2020.

Alfa Romeo is making a number of advanced safety and driver assist features available on the 2020 models including traffic sign recognition, lane keep assist, active blind spot monitoring, driver attention alert, and forward collision warning.

220 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Owners can now utlize Apple CarPlay in their SUV.Photo courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

The 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia starts at $39,345. The high-octane Giulia Quadrifolgio starts at $74,445. The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio starts at $41,345 and has its Quadrifolgio variant start at $80,445. All the models are expected to start arriving on U.S. shores before the end of 2019.

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Southern California is one of the hotspots for pollution in the U.S.

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California is the country's largest new vehicle sales market. It's also in the crosshairs of climate change activists fighting to change decades of regulations in an effort to improve the livelihoods of the state's residents while also benefitting the plants and animals that live in the state.

Governor Gavin Newson today issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035. This means that the sales of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles will be banned in favor of battery electric (BEV) and hydrogen fuel cell (FCEV) vehicles.

That goal is poised to eliminate 35 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions and 80 percent of the oxides of nitrogen emissions from cars statewide, according to the State.

Data from the State shows that the transportation sector is responsible for more than half of all California's carbon pollution. Eighty percent of the that is from smog-forming pollution while 95 percent is from diesel emissions. The transportation sector includes passenger vehicles as well as shipping and other forms of mobility.

"This is the most impactful step our state can take to fight climate change," said Governor Newsom. "For too many decades, we have allowed cars to pollute the air that our children and families breathe. Californians shouldn't have to worry if our cars are giving our kids asthma. Our cars shouldn't make wildfires worse – and create more days filled with smoky air. Cars shouldn't melt glaciers or raise sea levels threatening our cherished beaches and coastlines."

The next steps include the California Air Resources Board developing regulations to mandate that 100 percent of in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks are zero-emission by 2035. Additionally, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles are mandated to be 100 percent zero emission by 2045 where feasible, with the mandate going into effect by 2035 for drayage trucks.

The move to all-BEV and FCEV vehicles won't eliminate the pollutants spewed by vehicles purchased prior to 2035 or the purchase of used vehicles.

This isn’t the first time California has attempted to regulate electrified vehicles into popularity. Despite the state’s efforts, BEVs, FCEVs, and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) are unpopular among buyers nationwide. Out of the 17 million vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2019, just 330,000 of them were plug-in electric cars (BEVs and PHEVs) with 80 percent of those being Teslas. Only 7,000 FCEVs were sold or leased during the same period.

Additionally, “the executive order directs state agencies to develop strategies for an integrated, statewide rail and transit network, and incorporate safe and accessible infrastructure into projects to support bicycle and pedestrian options, particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities” according to a release by the Governor’s office.

Earlier this year, the California Air Resources Board has approved new regulations requiring truck manufacturers to transition to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024.

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross is getting a makeover.

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When Mitsubishi debuted the Eclipse Cross in 2017, the model was revealed to show no similarities to the Eclipse that had garnered generations of enthusiasts for the Japanese automaker. Now, the Eclipse Cross is due for a makeover.

Ahead of a redesign, Mitsubishi is teasing the Eclipse Cross with a new photo.

The photo appears to show the Eclipse Cross with an elongated nose, restyled chrome accents on the front fascia, slanted and slim LED daytime running lights, and a new wheel design. The backside and side panels look very similar to the 2020 Eclipse Cross.

Mitsubishi 2020 lineup Mitsubishi is committed to debuting five models in the next 12 months. Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

"The new design draws inspiration from the Mitsubishi e-Evolution Concept emphasizing the strength and dynamics from our SUV heritage, while enhancing the cleanliness and elegance of a coupe-like SUV," said Seiji Watanabe, division general manager of Design, MMC. "The Eclipse Cross is the first step toward the next generation of Mitsubishi Design, and there is so much more to come."

The e-Evolution Concept is an all-electric high-performance SUV prototype that showcases technology and body styling that Mitsubishi plans to bring to market in the near future.

Mitsubishi is set to have the new Eclipse Cross arrive in showrooms in the first quarter of 2021.

Earlier this year, Mitsubishi released details of an aggressive roster of product rollouts it has planned for the next year. Every model in its U.S. lineup will be touched as part of the redesign and refresh efforts as Mitsubishi looks to gain more market share.

The company recently relocated its headquarters to Nashville, Tennessee and entered into the Small Batch - Big Ideas Entrepreneur Network mentoring program in conjunction with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

The new My Mitsubishi Connect mobile app will enable Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross drivers to view real-time service and maintenance needs, as reported by their vehicles.

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