The Alfa Romeo brand is currently undergoing a renaissance as it moves towards an all-electric lineup by 2027. The launch of the all-new 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale marks the first step in that direction, thanks to mild-hybrid (mHEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain options. But when it comes to the brand’s Stelvio and Giulia models, both will be offered strictly as battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) starting with the launch of the next-generation Stelvio in late 2025.
Until then, the current Stelvio lineup will continue to soldier on with a few mid-cycle action (MCA) updates. A couple of months ago, we were treated with some low-resolution photos of some 2023 model year pilot models that came down the assembly line at the Stellantis Cassino plant in Italy.
Now, we are starting to see the updated models out testing on public roads in Italy. Our good friend Walter Vayr of GabetzSPYUnit, happened upon this updated Alfa Romeo Super Q4 as it tested near Stellantis facilities. The Super is the entry-level Stelvio in Europe (on par with the North American Sprint model). We can clearly see, that Alfa Romeo engineers are hiding some of the minor exterior changes for the upcoming late-2023 update.
After seeing a 2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce Q4 out testing, this Stelvio model appears to be carrying similar styling changes that look to update the Stelvio with the new design cues of the all-new 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale C-SUV. Black tape over the headlamps hides the new LED Matrix-style headlamps, that were originally teased back in 2018 with the proposed Alfa Romeo GTV.
Even more, the black tape helps to hide smaller detail changes to the front fascia, which include a newly styled “Scudetto” grille, a new grille mesh texture, and Quadrifoglio-inspired front air intakes into the corners of lower grille openings. At the rear of the vehicle, is a new set of LED taillamps that are clearly inspired by the Tonale.
There should also be some changes to the interior as well. Other leaked images confirmed that both the Giulia and Stelvio will adopt the new 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. We have also been hearing about some new higher-quality materials that will be used throughout the interior.
When it comes to engines, we expect the 2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio to carry over its current offerings. This will mark the last time to get a Giulia with an internal combustion engine (ICE), as the next-generation SUV will be exclusively a battery-electric vehicle (BEV). We expect that the Stelvio will adopt the same mild-hybrid (mHEV) propulsion system as the Ghibli and Levante Hybrid models. Equipped with the proven 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (GME-T4) engine that is found under the hood of many of our favorite Stellantis products, however, for the Maserati Hybrid models, there is a huge boost in power to a whopping 330 horsepower and 332 ft.-lb. (450 Nm) of torque at just 1,500 rpm.
We expect that the 2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio will make its official debut later this year. It should be arriving in dealers across Europe in early 2023, with a mid-summer debut in North America as a 2024 model.
2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Super Q4 Tester Image Gallery: