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Alfa Romeo updates Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifolgio for 2020 with high-tech features

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio retains its power for the 2020 model year.

Photo courtesy of FCA

The most powerful variants of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio are getting upgraded for the 2020 model year. The biggest impact of the changes is in the vehicles' cabin where high-tech features finally take a front seat to styling.

Both models continue to be powered by a 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 engine that produces 510 horsepower and 600 nM of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Stelvio Quadrifolgio models have an all-wheel drive system.

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia QuadrifoglioThe Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is the second-highest performance version of the model designed for daily driving.Photo courtesy of FCA

New for 2020, customers can choose to equip either model with an Akrapovič exhaust, which features titanium with carbon fiber tailpipes and a sophisticated note.

Also at the rear are new LED light clusters with dark lenses. Badging has been made glossy black. The Stelvio also features new 21-inch alloys wheels, seen for the first time on a Quadrifoglio.

Mopar has also designed an exclusive Quadrifoglio accessories line for MY2020, featuring a carbon fibre front grille with "V" insert, mirror caps and rear spoiler.

The cabin of both models features a more refined aesthetic. The center console has more storage space, the leather-trimmed steering wheel and shifter are standard. Buyers have the option to add red or green seat belts rather than the traditional black. Alfa Romeo has made perforated leather available on the models, fitted standard with Alcantara sport seats. Carbon shell Sparco seats are available.

2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio QuadrifolgioThe models feature freshly designed interiors with higher grade materials.Photo courtesy of FCA

The models have also gotten a significant tech upgrade. The new infotainment system is housed within a standard 8.8-inch touch screen. Quadrifolgio models exclusively get Performance Pages, which show the temperatures of the main mechanical components, torque delivery, turbo pressure and power used, as well as digital chronometers to measure acceleration and maximum speed, allowing the driver to view performance levels and vehicle status in real time.

Getting from A to B in a hurry shouldn't be a problem in the new models and getting there safely is more likely thanks to the introduction of Level 2 advance driver assistance systems technology. Under Level 2 conditions, the driver must remain in control of the vehicle, by always keeping their hands on the steering wheel. The vehicles' system includes:

  • Lane Keep Assist - detects whether the vehicle is veering off from its lane if one of the direction indicators has not been triggered, and advises the driver using visuals and haptics, with active intervention to steer the vehicle back into lane.
  • Active Blind Spot Assist - monitors rear blind spots but also reports any approaching vehicles and corrects steering to avoid a collision.
  • Active Cruise Control - automatically adjusts the car's speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicles in front. In conjunction with the traffic sign recognition system, this technology adjusts the speed to within the set limit, for a more comfortable drive.
  • Traffic Sign Recognition and Intelligent Speed Control - this system uses the on-board camera, recognises traffic signs, reports them on the display, and alerts the driver to the current speed limit. The system therefore suggests the driver reduce their speed to the limit detected. If the driver accepts, the cruise control settings are automatically adjusted.
  • Traffic Jam Assist and Highway Assist - complementing Active Cruise Control, these features monitor lateral positioning, keeping the car in the middle of the lane in heavy traffic (Traffic Jam Assistant) or on the motorway (Highway Assist), while also adjusting the speed according to the current limits.
  • Driver Attention Assist - monitors driver drowsiness and triggers an alert if necessary.

The models will be offered in four livery categories: Competizione, recalling the brand's sporting tradition; Metal, emphasising its dynamic spirit; Solid, dedicated to those seeking stability; and Classic, which recalls and reinterprets the heritage of Alfa Romeo.

2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Stelvio QuadrifoglioThe two models feature the same powertrain and many similar features and appointments.Photo courtesy of FCA

The Classic range features three new colors with brand heritage in focus: 6C Villa d'Este Red, GT Junior Ocra, and Montreal Green. The latter hue pays homage to one of the brand's icons, the Alfa Romeo Montreal, launched 50 years ago.

The new MY2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio will go on sale later this year. Prices will be announced closer to the vehicles' on-sale date. News on whether or not the models make to the U.S. is still pending.

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Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

Honda

With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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The 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine delivers big power numbers.

Stellantis

The old saying that there's "no replacement for displacement" isn't quite as accurate as it once was. Turbochargers and the latest engine designs have made it possible to extract major power from smaller, more efficient power plants. Stellantis' latest announcement proves this point, as its new Hurricane inline-six-cylinder engine will generate big power numbers from a relatively modest 3.0 liters and two turbos.

Stellantis says two variants will be available. The standard output version produces more than 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, while a high output variant delivers more than 500 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The twin-turbo inline-six delivers that power with up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency.

Stellantis Hurricane Inline-SixIt's not yet clear which vehicles will get the engine.Stellantis

The new engine comes as Stellantis works to position itself for an electrified future. The automaker stated a goal of 50 percent a 50 percent battery electric vehicle mix by 2030, but notes that gas engines will still play a major role in its vehicle line for years to come. "The Hurricane twin-turbo is a no-compromise engine that delivers better fuel economy and an important reduction in greenhouse gases without asking our customers to give up performance," said Micky Bly, Stellantis head of propulsion systems.

At this point, it's unclear which vehicles will get the new engine, but Stellantis' brands are packed with opportunities. Dodge, whose Hellcat-powered muscle cars could be a good candidate, and then there's Jeep, with a line of off-road-ready SUVs that could greatly benefit from such an engine. The Hurricane's projected high output of 500 horsepower puts it behind the Hellcat engines power output, but it's still strong enough to make a seriously quick vehicle.

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