Published on October 28th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair


2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Facelift Shows Very Minor Changes

The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been given a mid lifecycle update.

The Malaysian Alfa Romeo fanbase is still strong but the brand itself has been absent from the country for almost a decade now. As a result, we never officially got the new range of Alfa Romeo products, such as the Giulia which has been around since 2015 as the successor to the Alfa Romeo 159. Over the years, the Giulia has been given updates to keep it competitive against its mainly German rivals. Today it finally receives a full facelift for the 2023 model year, available in certain markets starting February of next year.

Alfa Romeo Giulia rear 3 quarters

The design changes to the Giulia bring the sedan closer in looks to the Tonale, Alfa Romeo’s latest all-new crossover. The biggest standout styling change comes with the 3+3 headlight design with full LED Adaptive Matrix technology. The overall shape of the headlight remains relatively unchanged.

The new Giulia features dynamic turn signals, Adaptive Front Lighting System, Glare-Free High Beam Segmented Technology, Welcome and Goodbye functionality and more.

The front bumper section look also seems to be kept the same, though there may be some subtle shifts here and there. What’s definitely new is the grille pattern in the Trilobo and the lower air intakes. The new mesh design features smaller individual apertures and appears to be a little glossier too in terms of its finish.

Around back, the differences are very minimal. The lower bumper section features a new design with a glossier finish. The taillight housings appear to have been kept the same in terms of shape, but they feature a new clear finish.

Inside, the most significant change comes in the form of a new 12.3″ digital instrument cluster. This cluster can be configured in three layouts – Evolved, Relax and Heritage. In Evolved mode, the central area of the screen is used. Two lateral quadrants are kept in place. In Relax mode, most unnecessary details are hidden away and the two quadrants are removed. In Heritage mode, you get Alfa Romeo’s classic dial layout with inverted numbers at the end of the speedometer.

The new Giulia features an updated infotainment system with Alfa Connect Services. It can take OTA updates and also has features like My Remote,, which allows owners to control certain vehicle features using their smartphones or smartwatches.

Alfa Romeo are also introducing NFT technology to the Giulia as they did with the Tonale. The idea is that each vehicle gets a sort of digital register with the main information of the car registered. The NFT serves as a record of the vehicle’s life and guarantees proper vehicle preservation and theoretically improve its residual value.

Finally, the Giulia’s trim levels will be simplified to just ‘Super’ and ‘Ti’. The Super trim can be configured with the Sprint pack while the Ti trim can be enhanced with the Veloce pack. Well, actually it’s not so simple. There will also be a Competizione special based on the Ti spec with Veloce pack for a limited time. This Alfa Romeo Giulia Competizione specification will serve as the ‘launch’ version of the facelifted model. It will feature Moon Light gray matt body paint, red brake callipers, and more. Inside, privacy glass, Competizione badging, a leather-wrapped dashboard with red stitching and Harman/Kardon audio are featured. It also comes with Alfa Active Suspension.

There will be a 160PS diesel for rear-wheel drive models and 210HP diesel and 280HP petrol engines for all-wheel drive models.

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