Update: ‘Design’ and ‘Release Date’ sections updated.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV will be the brand’s first electrified model available for sale. Alfa Romeo’s CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato has announced that its smallest SUV will be its first model to pack an electrified powertrain.
Design & Interior
The Alfa Romeo Tonale is a compact SUV, and it debuted as a concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The concept car was a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and so will be the production version. Imparato said that the luxury C-SUV will offer the distinctive Alfa Romeo Italian style and unparalleled driving dynamics. Not just that, it will be the first plug-in hybrid model of the Alfa Romeo range, the company chief added.
Imparato confirmed the developments last year while speaking to 150+ suppliers of the Tonale at the G.B. Vico plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Italy. G.B. Vico plant is the production facility where the company will make the Tonale, not the Cassino plant where it manufactures the Giulia and Stelvio mid-size models.
The production Alfa Romeo Tonale would have a noticeably different design compared to the concept version. Expect smaller wheels, conventional door mirrors and door handles, and revised bumpers to be among the visual changes on the outside. Inside, spy pictures have suggested that the steering wheel, central display, and center console would be simpler and feature a conventional design. The center console and door panels might not have the decor work of the concept.
Fresh teasers of the production Alfa Romeo Tonale give us a glimpse of the front and rear fascias. The production version features the iconic “Trilobo” front grille. A “Scudetto” signature inverted triangular grille with the brand logo on the top, and two horizontal lower grilles flank the bottom of the bumper. A full-width tail light seamlessly flows end to end as part of the welcome animation. The single-piece tail light forms a curve above the brand logo and continues further.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale will ride on the same platform as the Jeep Compass and the new global Jeep Commander, what Stellantis calls the “small-wide 4×4 architecture.” It will likely borrow the Compass 4xe’s plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, where a 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine allies with an electric motor powering the rear axle. An 11.4 kWh battery feeds the electric motor and provides a zero-emission range of 49 km (WLTP).
The Compass 4xe’s powertrain is available in two output levels: 140 kW (190 PS) and 177 kW (240 PS). Similarly, the Alfa Romeo Tonale’s electrified system may come in twin specifications. The pure electric range could be better, thanks to the more aerodynamic exterior.
According to a leaked internal presentation published on forum.alfaholicy.org, the Tonale will be available in a mild-hybrid variant as well, in 130 PS (128 hp) and 160 PS (158 hp) versions. Reports say that the Tonale will measure 4,528 mm (178.2 in.) in length, 1,835 mm (72.2 in.) in width, and 1,604 mm (63.1 in.) in height. It will have a 2,636 mm (103.8 in.)-long wheelbase.
Trims & Features
The aforementioned site revealed that the compact SUV will be available in Super, Sprint, Ti, and Veloce trims. The top-end Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce would include features like full LED Matrix lights, 20-inch alloy wheels, gloss black window frames, aluminum gear shifter, aluminum pedal covers, and Alcantara upholstery. At the Stellantis Software Day 2021, we received a confirmation that the Tonale sports an all-digital instrument cluster:
Software will also enable Alfa Romeo to enhance the sportiness and bring the driver-centric experience to the next level. And with the all-new Tonale, the instrument cluster will become part of the brand-new human-machine interface (HMI).Mamatha Chamarthi, SVP – Software Business & Product, Stellantis (Stellantis Software Day 2021 on December 7, 2021)
According to a report from Passione Auto Italiane, the launch-ready Alfa Romeo Tonale will debut on February 8, 2022, and sales in Europe will commence in June 2022. The U.S. launch of the Alfa Romeo Tonale could take place in the final months of the year.
Previous reports suggested that the Tonale faced delays in its unveil/launch twice, once because the powertrain performance wasn’t up to the mark, and then due to the semiconductor chip shortage. A report from AutoBild said that Imparato wasn’t satisfied with the quality of the production Tonale initially. “With the Tonale, we are in competition with the VW Tiguan, for example, so it is important to present a perfect car,” he told the German magazine, adding that most Alfa Romeo dealers will double their sales after the Tonale launch.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV will compete with the Mercedes GLA 250 e, the Audi Q3 45 TFSI e/Audi Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e, and the BMW X1 xDrive25e.
Alfa Romeo Tonale FAQs
What is the Alfa Romeo Tonale release date?
The Alfa Romeo Tonale will debut in February 2022 and likely go on sale in the U.S. likely later this year.
What will be the Alfa Romeo Tonale price?
The Alfa Romeo Tonale’s prices could start at around USD 35,000.
Featured Image Source: Geneva International Motor Show