Caught this week on test in sunny Spain was a barely camouflaged Alfa Romeo Stelvio, sporting very little exterior changes, the fancy swirl wrappings covered both the front bumper and lower rear fascia suggesting either very minor tweaks or more than likely none on this test car although new full LED headlights are expected when the mid life model gets it’s refresh next year, it seems any changes on this Stelvio spied out on test are on the inside and under the bonnet, suggesting a different power train.
Along with the Alfa Romeo Tonale, unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the mid life Stelvio is expected to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain and level 3 autonomous driving capabilities, as parent company FCA pushes ahead with it’s hybrid and electrification plans for models across it’s product range. Whether this means the Stelvio will get a 48-volt mild-hybrid system or full on plug-in hybrid we can’t be sure just yet.
Judging from recent spy shots the interior is to get minor tweaks with the armrest between the seats featuring a new design, the electronic parking brake has moved up to an easier-to-reach position, to the right of the gear stick it looks like either a small storage area or room for a module, possibly to house additional buttons. The mid life Stelvio is also expected to get an updated infotainment system also.
Some rumours had suggested the mid life Stelvio will feature the headlights off the Tonale with the Giulia saloon also to receive the same treatment, however it looks at this stage that will not be the case. Another additional model to the Stelvio range following it’s mid life refresh in 2020 could be the addition of a 7 seater version, a model many see as a must have to compliment the range and increase it’s appeal in the U.S but with the Stelvio not having hit the sales targets FCA bosses hoped for, it may well be any 7 seater variant goes on hold until the next generation arrives.