The Alfa Romeo Tonale is a sporty plug-in hybrid SUV that is set to arrive on the market later in 2021.
Coming soon, in late 2021, is Alfa Romeo’s new sports SUV named the Tonale. So far we have only seen the concept version of Alfa’s new offering, but that doesn’t mean some information hasn’t slipped through the cracks. Fully expect all of Alfa’s current technological features and safety systems, as well as an efficient plug-in hybrid model for quite possibly one of the most interesting SUVs due to be released soon.
Fans of the previous Alfa SUV lineup should be excited about this up-and-coming edition. Below is what we currently know about the soon-to-be-released Alfa Romeo Tonale.
For those of you looking to get your hands on one of Alfa Romeo’s newest offerings, unfortunately, you may have to wait that little bit longer, it seems.
After the concept car was originally debuted at the 2019 Geneva auto show, Alfa decided on a 2020 release window, which has subsequently passed. However, eager customers need not worry as the car is still scheduled for release sometime later this year, so there isn’t too long to wait now.
To reiterate, most of what we know so far about the Tonale is based on informed guessing however, using current Alfa cars as a jump-off point as well as using bits of information we’ve gathered so far, we can still deduce what will power the Tonale.
The plug-in hybrid version will have a relatively standard layout, utilizing a rear-mounted motor as well as a combustion engine under the hood. Given Alfa’s history, this will likely be a turbocharged four-cylinder, just like the ones used on most current Alfa Romeos.
Despite having no official number so far, pricing for this car shouldn’t be too hard to deduce as we already know it’s going to be a sporty SUV and using the other vehicles in the same category already on sale from Alfa we can give a rough estimate on how much the Tonale will cost.
If Alfa stick with price structures from the past, we can safely say that the Alfa Giulia and Stelvio can be used as a comparator in this regard. This will most likely include the same trim options as both the Stelvio and Giulia too, meaning the chances are there will be a base model, Sport, Ti, Ti Sport, or some such variation on this. It’s also safe to assume there will be a Quadrifoglio edition too.
Interestingly, Alfa has offered a sneak peek into the interior of the Tonale with the images shown here. Although bear in mind these are concept images and chances are they aren’t showing the exact finished product although for Alfa to be showing them off like this, we can assume it’s at least close to what you’ll be seeing on the released model.
The interior is certainly a sight to behold with some futuristic design choices, especially given the lighting around the cabin. It also seems like Alfa has adopted a more minimalist approach to the dashboard and controls, which is very sleek indeed. The modern features don’t stop there, as shown with the cool, circular air vents and the digital gauge cluster.
As we can see by the early concept images, the Tonale adopts a similar style to current Alfa SUV models like the Stelvio. It’s got a sleek, sporty exterior with classic Alfa detailing such as the rear lights and the front grille.
There is certainly no mistaking that this car is an Alfa Romeo, and it seems that it will certainly be competing as one of the more stylish in the SUV category, that’s for sure. Those front lights add a touch of aggression to the understated look of the rest of the car, and overall, it looks fantastic.
5. Replacement And Rivals
As you may have already worked out, the Alfa Tonale will be replacing an older model in the current lineup, specifically the Giulietta hatchback. Part of this decision comes from the fact that the Giulietta is now around a decade old.
This car has needed an update or replacement for a while now, to say the least, and it seems the upcoming Tonale will be the one to do it. This also means it will be competing with other cars in the same class such as Volkswagen’s T-Roc, the Mercedes GLA and the E-Pace from Jaguar.
4. Transmission And Layout
It’s fully expected that the Tonale will be based on a front-wheel-drive platform, unlike the more traditional rear-drive setup as seen on past Alfa Romeos. An all-wheel-drive system will almost certainly be available too at some point, however.
This new layout approach may help with creating more efficient space for storage when compared with the rear-drive Alfas. However, you also have to bear in mind that due to the nature of plug-in hybrids, the battery pack and electric motors can also compromise any storage space.
3. Estimated Range
As a plug-in hybrid, the Tonale offers three driving modes which are as follows: Advanced, which utilizes the Alfa’s electrical power for as long as possible, Natural, which looks to optimize fuel efficiency, and lastly, Dual Power, which offers optimum performance by combining the previous two modes.
All of this means the new Alfa should be incredibly efficient. Expect a competitive range for the Tonale in line with some of Alfa’s other hybrid and electric models for reference.
As of right now, we can’t accurately say how safe the Tonale is from a physical standpoint due to there being no official tests or statistics to back this up, but the safety features and systems should be plentiful.
The driver-assistance equipment that comes with the Alfa should be almost identical to the same systems that are offered on their current models, expected modern features like automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and the like will be included for sure.
1. Tech And Comfort
It’s safe to assume that Alfa will include everything that you expect of a modern-day Alfa Romeo in their newest addition. Fully expect all the tech features you get on current Alfa SUV models with regard to infotainment functions and connectivity.
Also, be sure to expect good seating and build quality as well as the use of high-quality materials, as this is what is expected of Alfa Romeo. Despite the Tonale concept car having only four seats, a five-seat layout will be used for production.