Alfa Romeo Will Follow the Tonale PHEV with a Compact Electric SUV in 2022
A lot of rejigging is expected to happen in Alfa Romeo’s lineup moving forward. The company is focusing and restructuring its portfolio to get back into the spotlight. The Italian brand has said that it plans to have just four models in the near future. Three of those include the Giulia, the Stelvio, the newly-launched Tonale PHEV, and a product that is yet to be announced. There isn’t a lot known about this mysterious fourth product, but Autocar reports that it will be the smallest SUV in the lineup and also the brand’s first EV.
2019 Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept
The Alfa Romeo Tonale is a crossover concept introduced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Smaller than the Stelvio, the Tonale concept is based on the Jeep Renegade and previews the company’s second crossover. It’s also Alfa Romeo’s first hybrid vehicle. There’s no word as to when it will go in production, but it should happen sometime in 2020.
It’s been three years since Alfa Romeo joined the SUV market with the Stelvio, and the Italian firm is considering an expansion. With full access to parent company FCA’s platforms, Alfa Romeo is putting the Small Wide 4x4 chassis to good use. Already available in the Jeep Renegade, Jeep Compass, and Fiat 500X, these underpinnings will be adopted by the Tonale, Alfa Romeo’s smallest crossover yet. When it hits the market in 2020, the production version of this concept will compete against premium offerings like the Mercedes-Benz GLA and BMW X1.
Alfa Romeo Tonale concept previews Jeep Renegade-based SUV with hybrid power
Alfa Romeo is about to launch its second SUV and gave us a preview of things to come at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The company’s upcoming crossover is called the Tonale and its smaller than the Stelvio. Likely based on the Jeep Renegade, the Tonale fits in the compact market and looks surprisingly sporty. The Tonale is also Alfa Romeo’s first plug-in hybrid.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Having already returned to being a relevant carmaker thanks to the 4C sports car and the Giulia sedan, Alfa Romeo is getting its vehicle development plans into high gear with several fresh models by 2018, two of which will be SUVs. The first hauler was originally scheduled to hit showrooms in 2017 and it made its global debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes by the name Stelvio and will compete against the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and Porsche Macan. Unlike most of its rivals, Alfa Romeo also developed a high-peformance version of the Stelvio, and just like the Giulia sedan, it wears the green Quadrifoglio badge.
But the badge isn’t the only thing that the two nameplates have in common. The crossover itself is based on the sedan, sharing many components in the chassis and drivetrain, as well as the same styling language. What’s more, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will hit the streets with the same 2.9-liter V-6 rated at more than 500 horsepower!
"The all-new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Stelvio is uniquely engineered to challenge two-door sports cars on the track, without sacrificing any of the characteristics you would expect from a premium SUV, resulting in the perfect mix of high performance, capability and Italian design.”
As it is the case with all automakers that jumped on the SUV bandwagon recently, Alfa Romeo hopes the new rig will help increase its global sales. Specifically, the SUV is part of a business plan that includes eight new vehicles and global annual sales of 400,000 units by 2018. In 2014 and 2015, Alfa Romeo delivered fewer than 70,000 cars. Will the Stelvio make a difference? Join me in my review to find out.
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Fiat Chrysler Files Trademark For The Name "Kamal"
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has made no bones about its plans to add a full SUV lineup for Alfa Romeo and just recently those plans have taken a step forward as the automaker filed paperwork to trademark the name Kamal. Details behind the name are understandably murky at this point, but all signs seem to point to the Kamal being used for one of the planned Alfa Romeo SUVs.
It’s worth noting that Alfa Romeo has already used the Kamal name before. Back in 2003, Alfa debuted a crossover concept at the Geneva Motor Show bearing the name. As to which crossover will get the Kamal name, that’s unclear too. FCA has been known to keep things like this close to its vest, but if recent proclamations are any indication, the Kamal could be used together with the previously known Stelvio SUV to make up two-thirds of Alfa Romeo’s SUV lineup. A third model, likely to be the family’s full-sized SUV, is expected to join the lineup further in the future.
Then again, FCA could just revisit history and use the Kamal name on a concept, much like what happened 13 years ago in Geneva. If there’s anything we know about Alfa Romeo, it’s that delays and revisions are all par for the course for the automaker. For one, Autoblog says that there’s still no trademark for the “Stelvio” name in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s database, so the trademark filing for the Kamal name could still be used in a variety of reasons.
What we do know is that FCA wants Alfa Romeo to have a crossover/SUV lineup at some point in the near future. When that will happen is still anyone’s guess and even with news of this trademark filing, it appears that we’re still no closer to finding out answers to that question.
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Earlier this month I reported that Alfa Romeo had finished all preparatory work on its newest, Giulia-based model. Alfa still hasn’t confirmed what this newest model will be, but the most popular rumors point to an SUV or crossover. Now our sources are indicating that Alfa Romeo plans to launch at least two new crossover vehicles. With its second model ready for production, it looks like 2017 might be the year Alfa Romeo enters the crossover market.
If Alfa’s plans don’t change, the first model will be a full-sized crossover that will take on vehicles like the 2017 Audi Q5, 2017 BMW X3 and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV. The second crossover will likely be a mid-sized model competing against vehicles like the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE, 2017 Cadillac XT5 and the 2018 Porsche Cayenne. The Alfa Romeo Mito will eventually be discontinued, but the potential is there for a station wagon variant of the 2016 Alfa Romeo Guilia.
With its focus on providing sporty and performance-based models, Alfa may also bring back the Alfa Corse racing team and eventually make its presence known in motorsports once again. Given the fact that Alfa Romeo has already used 40 percent of the funds provided by Chrysler,it’s revival of Alfa Corse will likely rely on the success of its newest models.
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It was just four months ago that we learned Alfa Romeo planned to bring the Giulia sedan and another unknkown model to the U.S. by 2017. The Giulia is expected to be released in the first few months of 2016, and now Alfa Romeo has confirmed that it is finished preparing its second model for production. According to Sergio Marchionne, the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, production of the newest model will begin somewhere around mid-2016.
Alfa Romeo and FCA have kept a tight lid on specifics of the upcoming model and have yet to confirm exactly what it is. Sources, on the other hand, have claimed it will be an SUV based on the Giulia sedan and that it is currently codenamed Project 949. As far as we know, if it is indeed an SUV, it should compete directly with the 2017 Audi Q5 and the 2017 BMW X3. Project 949 will launch in Europe in late 2016 under its official name, while its release in the U.S. is planned for a few months later in 2017. Between developing the Giorgio RWD platform, associated powertrains and production startup costs, Alfa has spent 2 billion (about $2.2 billion USD) of the 5 billion euros allotted by FCA for its revival so far.
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