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2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia, Stelvio add Ti Sport Carbon package

Plus, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto finally become standard.

2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport Carbon

The Ti Sport Carbon package is offered for both the Giulia sedan and Stelvio SUV.

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In addition to the blacked-out Nero Edizione models, the 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio will also add a new option package called Ti Sport Carbon. It builds on the existing racy-looking Ti Sport pack with some carbon-fiber goodies that should help your 280-horsepower Alfa Romeo look more like the 505-horsepower Quadrifoglio version. Alfa Romeo officials say about 10 percent of all Giulia sales have been the racy Quadrifoglio model so far.

Specifically, Ti Sport Carbon features a V scudetto grille, mirror caps and interior trim done up in carbon fiber, as well as blacked-out exhaust tips. The Giulia Ti Sport Carbon wears 19-inch five-hole dark wheels, a leather-wrapped dashboard and illuminated carbon-fiber door sills. The Stelvio gets 20-inch wheels and puddle lights. Pricing isn't available for the packages yet, though Alfa does caution that the Ti Sport Carbon will be a "late availability" addition to the 2019 model year.

One other welcome change for both models is that support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will now be standard. It's currently a paid option. You'll also be able to option heated rear seats in both vehicles. And on both Quadrifoglio models, red brake calipers with white script Alfa Romeo logos are now standard.

2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Sport Carbon
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An even more interesting change is the addition of a rear-wheel-drive Stelvio. Currently, all Stelvios come with all-wheel drive (branded Q4), but for 2019, the base Alfa Romeo Stelvio will come with rear-wheel drive. AWD will be an option on the base trim and remains standard on the Ti and Quadrifoglio. We'll be curious to hear how the RWD version's 0-to-60 mph times and fuel efficiency might change. The current all-wheel-drive Stelvio returns 22 miles per gallon city and 28 mpg highway, and hits 60 mph in a claimed 5.4 seconds.

Don't think that Alfa Romeo has forgotten its 4C sports car. For 2019, the Spider adds a backup camera as standard -- because it's now required by law on all cars -- which will transform the act of parking the midengined toy from "guess-and-check" to "possible." Cruise control and rear parking sensors are also now standard, having previously been part of the Convenience Group option package. However, the 4C coupe has been discontinued. An Alfa Romeo spokesman said certain new legal regulations meant the coupe couldn't continue for the 2019 model year (he couldn't specify which regulations exactly, but it's likely due to airbag requirements). The Spider was already the more popular of the two 4C body styles anyway.