Alfa Romeo Tonale Previews Plug-In Hybrid Compact Crossover
One can hope the production version will look this good.
Alfa Romeo reveals are few and far between, so it goes without saying we are pretty excited about the Tonale. Even though it’s a concept for the time being, it signals the brand’s intention to diversify its portfolio by adding a smaller crossover to slot below the Stelvio. After all, the Italian brand announced the CUV way back in June 2018 and is now finally giving us a taste of what’s to come.
Even though it’s a window into Alfa Romeo’s future, the Tonale has retro design cues paying tribute to the marque’s beautiful cars of yesteryear. For example, the 21-inch wheels are reminiscent of an old-school telephone’s disc and remind us of the mid-engined 33 Stradale from the late 1960s. Up front, the headlight arrangement is a nod to cars such as the SZ and Brera, but with a modern twist as it would be fitting for a crossover for the next decade.
Inside, the dashboard is home to a pair of digital screens, with a 12.3-inch diagonal for the instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system. The climate vents come with built-in screens and there’s some nifty LED ambient lighting creating a cozy atmosphere. Fingers crossed Alfa Romeo won’t tone it down too much on its way to the production line.
Technical specs are shrouded in mystery at this point, but Alfa Romeo does say the Tonale has been envisioned with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. A total of six PHEVs will be launched by the brand by the end of 2022, and the Tonale will certainly be one of them.
The Tonale concept will be on display at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show along two other debuts from the brand, the Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio in the new Alfa Romeo Racing Edition specification.