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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.

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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 Quadrifoglio The 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 Quadrifolgio The 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 Quadrifoglio The 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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The 2022 Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron mark the fourth and fifth EVs Audi is bringing to the U.S.

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Audi isn't just adding two new E-Tron models to its U.S. portfolio. It's expanding its SUV lineup. The 2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron and Q4 Sportback E-Tron at the latest electric vehicles from the automaker.

The two new Q4s have all the muscle proportions and signature styling that has been made a hallmark of the Audi SUV stable in the past few years. The Q4 Sportback features a coupe-like roof style, which traditionally allows for less second-row headroom and cargo space, but an increase in fuel economy. The Q4 e-tron achieves a drag coefficient of 0.28, and the Q4 Sportback e-tron gets to an even lower figure, with a drag coefficient of 0.26, which is good when considered against the competition.

There's matrix design headlights with customizable daytime running light signatures. The driver can switch between their choice of four lighting options to put their favorite face forward. At the rear, animated functionality illuminates the taillamp when a driver approaches or leaves the vehicle.

2022 Audi Q4 E-Tron

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Audi is offering the Q4 models in four exterior color options with S line and black optic exterior elements as available add-ons.

The Q4 has similar dimensions to the Q5 inside and out, according to the automaker, but has the advantage of having a flatter floor due to the lack of transmission tunnel. Audi brags that this allows for generous legroom for rear-seat passengers.

The interior of the SUVs features recycled materials and a number of small item storage solutions including water bottle holders and a customizable cargo area load floor.

Audi has designed the new vehicles to have driver-oriented cockpits with the 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen facing the driver. There's a freshly designed flat-top and bottom steering wheel with capacitive hands-on detection. A 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster sits in front of the driver.

Surround view cameras, a head up display that features augmented reality, and a Sonos premium sound system are available. Sonos is a new partnership for the automaker.

2022 Audi Q4 Sportback E-Tron

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Audi estimates that the car has an output of 201 horsepower in its base model. The line-topping Q5 50 E-Tron Quattro and Q4 Sportback 50 E-Tron Quattro will offer two electric motors and all-wheel drive, delivering a maximum 295 horsepower.

As with on-demand four- or all-wheel drive, the two-motor system only uses the front motor when high power or a strong grip is needed. The rear motor is permanently excited.

Three-stage braking regeneration is selectable via the car's steering wheel paddles. Separately, drivers can choose between four different drive modes: Efficiency, Comfort, Dynamic, and Individual.

Each Q4 comes with a 77-kilowatt-hour battery (net; 82 kilowatt-hour gross). The battery can charge at up to 125 kilowatts on a fast-charger. Preliminary manufacturer's estimated range based on approximation of EPA test cycles for a full charge is approximately 250 miles on the Q4 40 E-Tron.

Adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, side and lane assist, automatic high beams, and traffic jam assist are offered on the vehicle.

Audi plans to have more fully electric models on sale in the U.S. than any other luxury brand by the end of 2021. The Q4 E-Tron is set to start at under $45,000. More pricing details are expected to be announced ahead of the car's on-sale date later this year.

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Mitsubishi Motors North America is adding 10 new dealerships in the U.S.

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Mitsubishi Motors North America has added 10 new dealer partners to its nationwide sales network. The company is also investing in dealership upgrades and launching a number of new models in the coming year.

The list of new dealerships includes:

  • Auto World Mitsubishi in Bedford, Ohio
  • Crossroads Mitsubishi-Lumberton in Lumberton, North Carolina
  • Foundation 45 Mitsubishi in Houston, Texas
  • KDK Mitsubishi in Brunswick, Ohio
  • Nielsen Mitsubishi in Rockaway, New Jersey
  • Redondo Mitsubishi in Redondo Beach, California
  • Route 17 Mitsubishi in Ramsey, New Jersey
  • South Shore Mitsubishi in Freeport, New York
  • Team Mitsubishi – Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Jim Shorkey Mitsubishi-Youngstown in Youngstown, Ohio
Foundation 45 Mitsubishi is located just off I-45 on the east side of the interstate about halfway between Houston and Spring, Texas. It is next to CarMax.
Arrotta's Mitsubishi in Spokane, Washington also just completed construction, undergoing an extensive renovation as part of the brand's new Visual Identity Program. Dealerships that undergo renovations evolve to feature a retail space colored in muted black and gray tones with red accents. There is clean branding throughout the showroom and "Drive Your Ambition" brand messaging is present.

"We continue to invest in and improve every aspect of the vehicle shopping experience with our dealer partners, and we are thrilled to have 10 new partners join the Mitsubishi Motors brand," said Mark Chaffin, Chief Operating Officer, MMNA. "2021 is a pivotal year for Mitsubishi Motors, with one all-new and three substantially revised vehicles that are now arriving in dealer showrooms. New or long-standing, it's an exciting time to be a Mitsubishi dealer, and we're looking forward to working together with all of our dealer partners to make the most of this opportunity for mutual success."

New versions of the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Outlander will be making their way to dealer lots in the U.S. The revised Eclipse Cross and completely redesigned Outlander are just two of the new models that Mitsubishi is planning to sell in North America this year.

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