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New Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio 2021 detailed: Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S rival gets a facelift

A new Stelvio Quadrifoglio is on its way.

Alfa Romeo has revealed the mid-life facelift for its high-performance SUV, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which is due in Australian showrooms by the end of this year.

While the Stelvio Q is still powered by a 375kW/600Nm 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol engine, it is now optionally available with a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system with quad carbon-fibre tailpipes, which produces “an even more sophisticated sound”.

As before, the Stelvio Q is mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and Alfa Romeo’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system.

Externally, the Stelvio Q’s Trilobe grille insert is now finished in gloss black alongside its rear badges, while its LED tail-lights have new clusters and smoked lenses.

The Stelvio Q also upgrades to 21-inch alloy wheels, which are an inch larger than before, while it also has three new paintwork options: 6C Villa d’Este Red, GT Junior Ocra, and Montreal Green.

Carbon-fibre versions of the Trilobe grille insert, side-mirror caps and rear spoiler are now on offer as part of the Stelvio Q’s expanded Mopar accessories catalogue.

Inside, the Stelvio Q’s 8.8-inch central display has been upgraded to a touchscreen that gives its revamped multimedia system a second input method alongside the carryover rotary-dial controller.

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The set-up is powered by a faster processor, features sharper graphics and has driver-configurable interactive widgets. The Stelvio Q’s version also gets performance data.

The centre console has also been overhauled with better materials, larger cupholders, a new smartphone storage area with wireless charging, and an Italian flag at the base of the gear selector, while the steering wheel and gear selector feature new but familiar designs.

New perforated upholstery is available alongside the option of green or red seatbelts over the standard black items.

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The Stelvio Q’s suite of advanced driver-assist systems has been expanded to include all-speed autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, active blind-spot monitoring, driver-attention alert, highway and traffic-jam assist, and traffic sign recognition, all of which give it Level 2 autonomous capability.

Pricing and specification for the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S rival will be announced by Alfa Romeo Australia closer to its launch. For reference, the current model checks in at $149,900 plus on-road costs.