It’s a baby Stelvio with sporty looks!

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.

Sporty DNA

The headlamps remind me of the exotic looking SZ from the late 1980s

Although many enthusiasts mocked Alfa’s plans to launch a compact SUV by portrayng it as a boxy Renegade with an Alfa Romeo shield, the Tonale is far from ugly. The mini SUV borrows some features from the Giulia and Stelvio, but also pays tribute to Alfa Romeo cars and design elements from the past.

While the shield and the front bumper are clearly reminiscent of current Alfa Romeo vehicles, the headlamps remind me of the exotic looking SZ from the late 1980s. Sure, the LED lights are a modern interpretation of the three-light layout seen on the SZ, but it’s clearly taken from this short-lived coupe.

The profile is of the standard SUV variety for the most part. Notable exceptions include the massive 21-inch "phone dial" wheels, a design that goes back to the 1960s, and slim camera mirrors with Italian flag graphics. Needless to say, the wheels and the mirrors won’t make it into production.

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The rear end stands out as well thanks to its pointy fascia and slim taillights. The latter feature the same three-piece LED layout and extend over the entire width of the car. The black-painted bumper features large exhaust outlets at the corners.

Fancy, Modern Interior

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Behind the flat-bottom steering wheel that looks rather classy sits a big, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster

While the exterior doesn’t stray far off current Alfa Romeo designs, the interior is a tad too futuristic. The two-tone dashboard is clean and simple, just like a premium vehicle should have, while the center stack hosts a big 10.25-inch infotainment display. There’s a transluscent and back-lit center tunnel, while the door panels have a similar effect thanks to red ambient lighting.

Behind the flat-bottom steering wheel that looks rather classy sits a big, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster with sporty red graphics. The seats seem to offer proper lateral support, but both the driver and front passenger compartments look cramped. Things look better in the rear seats though, mostly due to the four-seat layout.

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The Tonale also features a couple of new infotainment features that will keep Alfa Romeo owners connected. First up is Alfista, which provides info and access to Alfa Romeo clubs and community events, as well as live news about the Alfa Romeo. The second one is called Paddock and provides info on the latest interior and exterior upgrades for the Tonale, as well as Alfa Romeo merchandise and apparel. Yo can order any of the above by using the infotainment display.

Alfa Romeo’s first hybrid

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The big news here is that the Tonale will become Alfa's first-ever plug-in hybrid

Unlike the Stelvio, which shares drivetrains with the Giulia, the Tonale will feature a hybrid powertrain. Alfa doesn’t say whether this SUV will be a hybrid only, but I think it will come with gasoline-only engines too. A diesel isn’t out of the question either. Anyway, the big news is that the Tonale will become Alfa’s first-ever plug-in hybrid.

Unfortunately the Italians didn’t release drivetrain information, but did say that the Tonale has driving modes that enable a performance setup using both the engine and the motor and two modes for enhanced efficiency. A mode called Advance E will switch the Tonale to electric power only.

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On the flipside, Jeep just revealed a hybrid version of the Renegade and I’m pretty sure the Tonale will borrow it. The powertrain brings together a turbocharged, 1.3-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor and delivers between 190 and 240 horsepower. The Tonale could generate a bit more so that it stands out as a higher performance SUV. The Renegade hybrid can travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone, while hitting a top speed of 81 mph, figures that will probably remain unchanged for the Tonale.

Further reading

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full review on the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

Four things I Hate About the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Exterior
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Four Things I Love about the Stelvio

Four things I Hate About the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Exterior
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Four Things I Hate About the Stelvio

The concept car of the first Alfa Romeo compact plug-in hybrid SUV is making its debut at the Geneva International Motor Show.
The Tonale Concept Car is joining the growing segment that interprets the trademark language of beauty of Alfa Romeo. It is a compact utility vehicle with an urban vocation and an athletic personality.
The distinctive features of Italian style are projected into the future, striking the perfect blend of valued heritage and anticipation of new precepts.
In keeping with the Alfa Romeo manifesto, every detail is designed according to the driver’s needs.
Driving pleasure lies in ergonomics, high-quality materials and, above all, unparalleled dynamism.
The Tonale Concept Car is the Alfa Romeo take on electrification. State-of-the-art technology and proverbial driving dynamics meet to grasp the opportunities and provide tangible answers to new challenges.
Also in the spotlight Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio "Alfa Romeo Racing" special editions equipped with an exclusive carbon fibre Aero Kit designed in partnership with Sauber Engineering.

Alfa Romeo is breaking into the electric car world at the Geneva International Motor Show 2019 revealing the new concept of the Alfa Romeo Tonale compact SUV. The Tonale is the first plug-in hybrid and the first compact utility vehicle of Alfa Romeo. It rewrites the rules of today’s fastest growing segment using the manufacturer’s trademark language made up of unique Italian style and unparalleled driving pleasure.

A car inspired by beauty and the Alfa Romeo design manifesto

The design of the Tonale is an expression that looks fondly into our future. Its compact dimensions embody unique Italian design and the unmistakable original and modern style typical of Alfa Romeo, striking the perfect blend of valued heritage and anticipation of new precepts. Alfa Romeo holds dear the essence of Italian art and sculpture, through the timeless "artigianale" experience of hand sculpting. The Tonale is inspired by the beauty and nuances associated with human forms, and the organic movement of light resulted by pure lines and volumes. Its design tangibly recalls a number of time-honoured design elements that are synonymous with the rich history of Alfa Romeo, with an execution that excites a modern approach to the new Alfa Romeo anatomy. An element that echoes the tradition of the Alfa Romeo DNA is the phone dial wheel. The Tonale’s 21" wheel design displays this through a lightweight architectural construction, creating an honest and impactful execution of the circular theme. The lineage of the phone dial wheel dates back to the 1960’s, worn proudly on the iconic 33 Stradale. The distinctive Tonale wheel design is also celebrated harmoniously with an exclusive Pirelli tire scheme. The bold, elegant volumes of the body side make reference to a seemingly distant past, recalling the sensual qualities found it the pure forms of the Duetto and the Disco Volante Spider, while the Tonale’s "Linea GT" interprets the tension and confidence of the pouncing stance found on the beloved GT Junior. The front end sports Alfa Romeo’s signature "Trilobo" and the distinctive "Scudetto" grille that serves as the central point of strength, driving the speed and fluidity that moves throughout the Tonale. Flanking the iconic "Scudetto" and completing the front monographic is the "3 plus 3" forward lighting that evokes the proud gaze reflective of the SZ and Brera. The rear of the Tonale is elegantly defined by an enveloping window volume, complemented on top by the suspended wing that enhances the continuity between the transparent roof and the rear window itself. As every Alfa Romeo design is cared for through the human touch, the rear lighting is reminiscent of an artistic signature, rather than an optical lighting element...a sort of luminous signature born directly from the artist’s hand.

With the inspiration of Alfa Romeo’s history of racing at the core, the Tonale interior design conjures the passion associated with providing a spirited drive through dynamic form and pure sculpture. The interior of the Tonale is very driver oriented, but not egoistic, as the layout is designed comfortably for 4 passengers. The hand-drawn gestural lines stretch throughout the environment to create a muscular tension, as if what surrounds you is ready to lunge. The emotional significance of the Tonale interior is also generated by the contrast of rich materials, such as the cold solidity of aluminum combined with the soft and welcoming warmth of the leather and Alcantara. Inside there are translucent backlit panels, such as the central tunnel, providing the perfect location for the essential Alfa Romeo element, the DNA drive mode selector. The Tonale interior provides an inclusive experience, with details typically reserved for the exclusive. The interior is immersive and welcoming, with the dynamic attributes appreciated by those who love to drive.

The Tonale concept vehicle is equipped with the highest standards of technology to ensure a connected, comfortable and dynamic user experience, while keeping the pleasure of a sporty drive at the forefront.
The driver’s attention will be on the road, with the peripheral focus on a 12.3" full digital cluster and a 10.25" touchscreen central head unit. The new infotainment features a seamless and fluid multitasking interface that allows the driver to have all the latest features and functionality readily available at their fingertips. The Tonale allows the driver to be fully connected to the Alfa Romeo Lifestyle and Social communities, realized and presented through the new infotainment features, "Alfista" and "Paddock".

"Alfista" is an immersive Alfa Romeo Lifestyle experience, providing a fully connected interface with select Alfa Romeo clubs and Community events, such as gatherings, drives, and meets. This in-vehicle app allows the driver access to live news and updates about the current happenings of the Alfa Romeo Brand. The customer has the ability to confirm attendance to events and gatherings, order Alfa Romeo Racing tickets, as well as apply for opportunities to win VIP access to special Alfa Romeo sponsored Events, just to name a few.
"Paddock" is the Alfa Romeo Tonale in-vehicle garage and market for real-time viewing and purchasing of the latest interior and exterior performance upgrades and equipment. The Paddock app also enables the customer to scroll through the latest offerings of Alfa Romeo Merchandise and Apparel, which can be ordered direct with the touch of the screen.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale is our look into the future of the CUV segment, creating a holistic creative expression and through the blend of beauty and technology. For Alfa Romeo Design, it is our "opera d’arte", or piece of art...
...otherwise expressed as our Alfa Romeo Tonale.

Authentically Alfa Romeo

The Tonale marks the debut of the brand in the compact utility vehicle segment and does so in line with the characteristics that have always identified each Alfa Romeo model. The goal is to deliver the best driving dynamics in the segment and to apply electrification in perfect Alfa Romeo style. It is the natural evolution of the brand on the way towards propulsive synergy capable of enhancing performance and driving dynamics. Rather than simply adapting to new standards, with the Tonale concept car Alfa Romeo is reinterpreting its own DNA to capture the new idea of beauty, energy, harmony, efficiency and driving user-friendliness. The electrification of Alfa Romeo comes at the service of sportiness and emphasises the famous "Mechanics of Emotions" mission of the brand. For this reason, it has no need to express itself through signatures or decided livery, but just with small details such as the Alfa logo, or "Biscione" in hybrid optics, a small yet definitive detail that enhances the Tonale. The rear electric engine opens the way to new technological solutions that offer driving dynamics, maximizes the drive and the pleasure of sporty driving. The evolution is also evident in the drive modes managed by Alfa D.N.A. From the beginning on Giulietta, Mito and 4C, and through the development with Giulia and Stelvio, it has reached the Tonale and now implements specific energy management functions.
With Tonale, the "Dynamic" mode evolves into "Dual Power" and guarantees the maximum output from the two engines. The infotainment touch screen features an E-mozione button, which offers specific throttle settings, sharper braking and more direct steering response. "Natural" mode continues to maintain the best performance optimization, and the compromise between using electric and internal combustion engines is managed automatically. This translates into everyday energy and fuel savings, but not at the detriment of performance. The "Advance Efficiency" mode becomes "Advance E" for performance in full electric mode. So, in line with the principles of the brand, the plug-in hybrid propulsion enhances the beauty, sporty and dynamic driving characteristics of each Alfa Romeo model, taking them to a new level. In Tonale, electrification embraces performance and represents a new way to achieve high performance and outstanding driving fun.

Alfa Romeo Tonale

The Tonale embodies the adventure potential of a compact, dynamic sport utility vehicle capable of guaranteeing the adrenaline of sporty driving inherent in the legend of the brand, in urban settings with the same ease. The hum of the electric motor accompanies the genuinely Alfa Romeo roar creating an efficient, exciting synergy at the service of driving pleasure. The energy switch to electric is the latest key page in the 109-year-long history of the Alfa Romeo legend and one which will propel the brand into the future. This is also behind the name chosen for the new concept car. The Tonale Pass, not far from the Stelvio Pass in the Alps, is a large natural amphitheatre famous for its majestic peaks, the natural spectacle of frothy waterfalls and snow all year round in a breath-taking natural setting. Directly connected to the Stelvio Pass, excitement and harmony coexist in the Tonale Pass area. The Tonale is an important development under the sign of continuity and geographical proximity, an evolution traced in time in an evocative association.

The Quadrifoglio Alfa Romeo Racing Special Editions

For the Geneva International Motor Show, Alfa Romeo will be introducing the Giulia Quadrifoglio and Stelvio Quadrifoglio "Alfa Romeo Racing" limited special editions equipped with an exclusive carbon fibre Aero Kit designed in partnership with Sauber Engineering.
This exclusive feature reasserts the ever-deeper bond with the world of Formula 1. The special editions celebrate the racing legend of Alfa Romeo and the return of an Italian driver to Formula 1 now that Antonio Giovinazzi has joined World Champion Kimi Räikkönen on the "Alfa Romeo Racing" team. Far from being a cosmetic kit, it is a piece of technical equipment that improves the aerodynamic performance of the car by increasing downforce and enhancing the already excellent dynamic qualities of the Quadrifoglio versions.
The technical kit complements the actions taken to make the limited-edition models lighter and more powerful, demonstrating the attention and research of Alfa Romeo aimed at continuous improvement of performance. The cars are characterised by lighter weight and increased power. The first objective was achieved with the extensive use of carbon fibre for the exterior details, Sparco leather and Alcantara sports seats with carbon shell, oversized braking system with carbon-ceramic brake discs and specific Akrapović titanium exhaust system. The operation shaved off about 28 kilograms from the standard Quadrifoglio versions. The diet was backed up by a technical tune-up by Alfa Romeo engineers that has resulted more torque and power, which reaches 520 HP.
The already exciting driving experience of the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio is even more powerful. There is a special privilege for twenty lucky drivers. Over the year, ten Giulia cars and ten Stelvio SUVs will be available to represent the ten victories of Alfa Romeo in Formula 1, each one sporting a dedicated badge bearing the name of a Grand Prix won by Alfa Romeo and the corresponding year. Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio "Alfa Romeo Racing" customers will be invited to live a complete and dedicated customer experience. Starting from the Geneva Motor Show, they will be able to express their interest in purchasing a car through the official Alfa Romeo channels.

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