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.

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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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The MINI Electric Pacesetter pushes the limits of what in means to be part of the John Cooper Works family.

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The stage is set. On April 10, 2021 the new season of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race series will have its third race of the year in Rome. Leading the pack will be none other than the MINI Electric Pacesetter. The car was created as part of a partnership between MINI Design, BMW Motorsport, the FIA, and the Formula E.

The electric MINI on the market today isn't a sporty version of the car. Instead, the most performance-focused MINIs are gas-powered John Cooper Works models. The MINI Electric Pacesetter combines the electric powertrain of production cars with the sports car-like dynamics of the JCW cars.

"We have already shown how well driving fun and electric mobility go together with the MINI Electric," says Bernd Körber, Head of MINI. "However, the MINI Electric Pacesetter inspired by JCW goes at least a step further and blends the performance character of the John Cooper Works brand with electric mobility.

MINI Electric Pacesetter The MINI Electric has gotten a track-ready makeover.Photo courtesy of MINI

The model is the Safety Car for Formula E and not intended to be driven on public roads.

The exterior of the car has been purpose-built for life on the track. Engineers and designers from BMW Motorsport worked to develop the form to the wheel arches and front and rear aprons, and initiated weight-saving measures. Still, the MINI is a MINI. There's circular headlights and a hexagonal grille though the grille has been blanked off and the MINI Electric logo been added.

Below the grille are apertures for brake cooling. The Safety Car's white flashing lights are integrated harmoniously into the hood. Classic hood stripes extends from front to back over the roof.

More sport scar-like details include accentuated spats and sporty side skirts. The car's larger wheels nearly fill the arches. The spats and spoilers have been 3D printed from recycled carbon fiber. Yellow accent lines showcase the car's aerodynamic edges.

MINI Electric Pacesetter

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It wears a matte silver body color that extends from the center point to the rear. The front is covered in a high-gloss wrap with a two-stage colour gradient – from Highspeed Orange to Curbside Red metallic – that covers the rest of the body to the rear. The car's flanks are adorned with a checkered flag-inspired pattern design.

Because it is a Safety Car, the model also sports regulations-specific and sponsor-related graphics.

The whole rig rides on lightweight 18-inch forged wheels in bi-colour black-neon/orange design.

MINI has stripped the car's interior down to its essentials with only the front seats remaining. The driver's area features a six-point safety harness, minimalist steering wheel, and a digital instrument cluster. Carbon fiber appointments anoint the area replacing heavier materials traditionally found on MINI passenger cars.

Pared-back carbon-fibre door panels with window and door openers contain cloth straps to make closing the doors easier. There's also a welded-in roll cage.

The drive system of the car is the same as what is in the MINI electric. It produces 135 kilowatts of horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. It can get from zero to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds and zero to 37 mph in 3.6 seconds. There's race-spec suspension control arm mountings, four-piston brakes and wheels from the MINI John Cooper Works GP, and Michelin Pilot Sport tires as well.

This may be more than just a concept car. MINI has been teasing its future with forward looking statements regarding going all-electric but promising to not lose the JCW identity along the way.

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The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness is coming to a dealership near you.

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The first member of Subaru's new Wilderness family of vehicles has arrived. The 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness broke cover this morning delivering more ground clearance, a freshly tuned drivetrain, and recalibrated safety features.

Buyers will be able to tell their Wilderness model apart from the other Outbacks on the lot by its hexagonal front grille, larger wheel arch cladding, front skid plate, unique hex-designed LED fog lights, and an anti-glare hood decal in matte-black finish. Window trim and exterior badges have a black finish and Subaru Wilderness badges are featured on the front fenders and rear gate.

The exterior is highlighted with high-contrast Anodized Copper accents. Up top is a fixed ladder-type roof rack system with a 700-pound load limit.

Subaru back end Wilderness is a new brand from Subaru.Photo courtesy of Subaru of America Inc.

Subaru back end

A new paint color, Geyser Blue, is available exclusively on the wagon. It's inspired by Subaru's rally heritage and the scenery found in the U.S. National Parks.

The 2022 Outback Wilderness offers 9.5 inches of ground clearance, a 0.8-inch upgrade over the 2021 Outback. Redesigned front and rear bumpers give the wagon better approach angles than its traditional Outback counterpart extending from 18.6 degrees to 20.0, with ramp breakover angle shifts up from 19.4 degrees to 21.2 degrees, and departure angle extends from 21.7 degrees to 23.6 degrees.

Its suspension has been tuned to improve stability over rough terrain while still delivering traditional Subaru comfort and handling on the open road. Front and rear shock absorbers have been lengthened to allow for more suspension travel.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness: Exterior

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The wagon's revised rear differential has a final drive ration of 4.44:1 and works with the car's continuously variable transmission (CVT) to deliver equivalent ratios at the front and rear wheels. The combination allows for more low-end torque at the wheels allowing the car to climb grades of up to 40 percent on a gravel surface.

A pressure sensor improves low speed control. Standard dual-function X-Mode includes Snow/Dirt and Deep Snow/Mud modes. Exclusive to the model, a new feature allows X-Mode to switch from low speed to managed speeds over 25 mph without the interruption of power or performance.

The car rides on exclusive 17-inch alloy wheels that feature a matte black finish and are wrapped in Yokohama Geolander all-terrain tires. The tires are embossed with raised white letters as a nod to the original Outback. A full-size spare tire is stored under the cargo area.

Each Outback Wilderness has Subaru's turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that produces 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. There's an eight-speed manual mode shifter with steering wheel paddle shifters for convenience. The turbo gets an EPA-rated 22 mpg int he city and and 26 mpg on the highway. The car is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness: Interior

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The Outback Wilderness also offers features from other Outback grades including a front view camera, LED rear gate light, and a hands-free power liftgate.

Like the Outback Onyx Edition, the interior of the Outback Wilderness features Subaru StarTex water-replant upholstery that's designed to be easy to clean and wear hard. Anodized Copper-finish accents make their way into the cabin as well. Touch points usually finished in chrome have been switched over to Gunmetal Gray in the new model.

Under the driver's feet are brushed aluminum pedals and all-weather floor mats with the Subaru Wilderness logo. In the cargo area, the rear seatback is wrapped in a waterproof material, and a waterproof rear cargo tray protects the load floor.

Each model comes standard with the largest infotainment touch screen available in a Subaru today. The 11.6-inch screen features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, multimedia and climate control functionalities, the ability to control X-Mode settings, a rearview camera, satellite radio, and more. Navigation is available, along with a power moonroof and reverse automatic braking tech as part of an add-on package.

A variety of accessories have been added to the Subaru catalogue for the Outback Wilderness including aluminum or steel skid plates, a rear differential protector, and roof racks.

Pricing for the 2022 Outback Wilderness will be announced later this year.

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