Alfa Romeo Tonale Is A Sexy Preview Of New Compact Hybrid SUV

Alfa Romeo has unveiled what will eventually become its first-ever compact SUV at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Dubbed ‘Tonale’, the concept utilizes a hybrid system and, like the Stelvio, is named after a mountain pass in Northern Italy.

According to Alfa, the Tonale Concept is inspired by the “beauty and nuances associated with human forms, and the organic movement of light resulted by pure lines and volumes.” In other words, you might call it stylish.

Squinting in style

The front end features Alfa Romeo’s signature “Trilobo” light graphic as well as the distinctive “Scudetto” grille. The rear meanwhile comes with an enveloping window design, complemented by the suspended wing and a special light graphic that’s said to be reminiscent of a hand-written signature, rather than a more traditional optical lighting element.

As for the wheels, they measure 21-inches in diameter and are said to create an “honest and impactful execution of the circular theme”.

A classic interior

Step inside the Tonale Concept and you’ll find a driver oriented layout, surrounded by rich materials such as aluminum, leather and Alcantara. Features include translucent backlit panels, the DNA drive mode selector, a 12.3-inch fully digital cluster, plus a 10.25-inch touchscreen central head unit.

The infotainment system has two new functions in ‘Alfista’ and ‘Paddock’ – where the former is described as an immersive Alfa Romeo Lifestyle experience, providing users with a fully connected interface with select Alfa Romeo clubs and Community events, like gatherings, drives and meets. The in-vehicle app also allows the driver access to live news and updates regarding Alfa Romeo, while providing the opportunity to win VIP access to special events.

The ‘Paddock’ function on the other hand is all about purchasing the latest interior and exterior performance upgrades and equipment, letting you scroll through the latest offerings of Alfa Romeo merchandise and apparel.

Pure Alfa

Alfa avoided giving out specific technical details, but it said the concept is motivated by a hybrid engine.We suspect that it’s a variant of the plug-in hybrid unit introduced in the Jeep Renegade today, while the SUV is likely based on a modified version of Fiat Chrysler’s front-wheel drive compact platform, instead of a shorter version of the rear-drive Giulia and Stelvio architecture.

In the Tonale, Alfa Romeo’s drive modes now implement specific energy management functions. Dynamic mode for example evolves into ‘Dual Power’ and offers the maximum output from the two engines – the electric and ICE units.

By pushing the E-mozione button on the touchscreen you can then fiddle with specific throttle settings, make the brakes sharper and gain a more direct steering response. Then there’s Natural mode, which is all about maintaining the best optimization between electrical and internal combustion engines, while the Advance E mode handles performance while operating just under battery power.

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  • Eagle By Singer

    I mean, at least it doesn’t look generic.
    Still wouldn’t get one, but if they do a Quadrofoglio variant, I would be a tad more interested.

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    damn that fascia is what alfa needed. wasnt impressed much with the Stelvio. I am getting one if it is 90% of the concept looks

    • Kapi19

      It will be very much like the concept but just wait till you see the GTV or the 8C

    • Ruel Lewis

      Yea this looks pretty production ready, but I know they will definitely water it down a lot.

  • Bash

    Maybe it’s just me, but shouldn’t FCA do a Dodge version of it. Better yet, a Chrysler baby premium SUV would be interesting against the Lincoln and the Xt4

    • Kapi19

      That would be lame to ruin stunning Alfa with those

      • Bash

        Its not like the Lancia’s re-badged 300C! that was lame big time.

    • Enter Ranting

      Alfa needs to make as many versions of this SUV as possible to make it pencil out.

    • Kapi19

      Love the rear lights, I hope Giulia will get that style as well with the face lift

  • pxsupply

    Love it!

  • Jorge Teixeira

    Astonishingly beautiful. As a lover of italian cars, I needed something like this after the disappointing F8 Tributo

    • Kapi19

      I personally like the F8 Tributo but U.S and whole world need more Alfas and we are beautifying the world with Tonale

      • Jorge Teixeira

        The F8 is beautiful (c’mon, it’s a Ferrari…), but what I found disappointing about it it’s that’s just another 458 facelift, just like the 488 was

  • Kapi19

    Alfa Alfa Alfa 😍😍😍 Stunning car and will be the best looking in its segment for sure. Note how different it is compared to Stelvio it’s more like 159 modern day SUV with sexy front lights. And most likely driving dynamics will be the very best in class not to mention possibility of hot 🔥 QV Tonale. This could prove to be major hit for Alfa Romeo in Europe but U.S could go crazy as well. CANT WAIT TO SEE the GTV,RWD Giulietta or 😍😍😍😍 the 8C

    • Matteo Tommasi

      Next Giulietta will be FWD, just like this suv

  • Mike anonymous

    I’m sorry, but I don’t like it when companies do/make these computer generated 3d model images. Simply because (and especially in the case of this vehicle) they do not do the vehicle true Justice.

    To be honest I am not sure how much these photos will either, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.

    • exeptor

      It is not like I’m not liking this concept (it is the best I’ve seen from Alfa these days), but you are right – these renderings do not correspond very accurately with the actual car.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      Nearly every mass production car company uses 3-D Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacture (CAD / CAM) somewhere in the design. Many use it throughout. Admittedly, the first to use CAD / CAM throughout was the Aztek Concept by Pontiac, but it has gotten considerably better since.

  • Matthew Daraei

    This car looks like a yummy candy; I love it.

  • Kapi19
  • atomicbri

    Bellisima! I really love the lighting signature they gave this concept. Definitely harkens back to the 159 Alfa and I think it is perfect on this. The overall shape is wonderful. I hope the production version of this is a lot like this concept. If it is, they should have a winner (and please price it right).

  • Tinky-Winky

    Stunning, I especially like the strong influences of classic Alfas. No info about the underpinnings but it looks like FWD platform by the proportions. Same as Jeep Renegade, perhaps?

    • diesel_vdub

      Yup… just a Renegade with a different skin.

      • designer_dick

        I can’t believe they’d be so stupid as to base a new premium SUV on the Renegade/500X’s ageing, undercooked underpinnings derived from the 2005 Fiat Grande Punto. Neither car is exactly renowned for the quality of their ride or handling.

        Surely FCA can afford a new mainstream platform more than once every 15-20 years?

  • Eric

    When you like the Mazda CX-30 production model more than an Alfa-Romeo concept…🙌😕

    • paulgdeaton

      When you like the Mazda CX-30… you must be a great fan of slapping some ugly plastic on what was a good-looking CX-3….

    • ErnieB

      I saw CX-3 but didn’t want to say it.. but it’s a great looking little CUV..

  • Yilmaz Yasar
  • MarketAndChurch

    Where have I seen these headlamps before?

  • exeptor

    Welcome back “great Alfa design”. It is good to see a modern interpretation of 159 front and back. Why kept this for the concept of a SUV and not apply it on Giulia (which still looks awesome, but not that much awesome).

    • NoSnarkHere

      That should always have been a 159 body wrapped around the fantastic new RWD platform.

      And with a wagon variant, of course.

      This does look promising for the Giulia refresh.

  • Stephen G

    It always f**king happens!

  • Bo Hanan

    It’s a girls car. Sorry. And the worst thing ALFA could do it put that Fiat 1.4L engine in it. Give it the 2.0L engine from the Gulia ia a detuned state of about 200HP.

    • europeon

      It’s a girls car.

      Women make for more than 50% or the world population. Shocking, right

    • atomicbri

      What makes it a girl’s car? Elaborate some for me….

    • DMJ

      For what? To have a price of 40k in Europe? Don’t forget that cars here have a special tax based in power and/or emissions. We need small engines, in US things are different.
      The best selling engine for the 5-Series in Europe is a 190hp 2.0 liter diesel, so you can understand.

      • Bo Hanan

        3 things-
        1. It’s a Fiat engine, i.e. read the reliability of that engines history.
        2. That car will come in at 3600+ pounds and that engine couldn’t carry the weight, and-
        3. This would diminish the driving experience.

  • driv3r

    I agree that its a good looking car. Not the best looking Alfa but a good looking one.
    The only problem I have with this car is: It’s too late to the party. As one can see with the Stelvio and the Giulia already: Alfa will again be too late to the market with a car that should be presented here in production form not concept.
    A small SUV with digital instruments, a plug-in-hybrid engine and some good styling isn’t something new in 2019, sorry Alfa. The others have all of that in production form already. Good looking car but it will just in small numbers as the already ageing Giulia and Stelvio currently do.

    • europeon

      Late to what game? This is a normal car for normal people, not some sort of hyper-car/electric showcase vehicle where cutting edge tech matters. It’s more than enough if they offer tech on the same level with the competition, people will focus on design and handling when they’ll make their buying decision, without thinking they’ll make a compromise on tech features.

      • driv3r

        This is the exact same recipe they tried with the Stelvio and Giulia. And as sales figures show: These two aren’t selling nearly as good as the competition does. And selling like the competition was originally part of the Alfa turnaround plan. In this compact-SUV-segment its even less drivability that matters to customers rather than tech, connectivity and ever growing electric drivetrains.

        • europeon

          They can’t sell as good as the competition because of the brand image, not because lack of innovative tech. Pick any person from this planet and give them the choice of a BMW and an equally optioned BMW. I’m willing to bet that 95 out of 100 will choose the BMW.
          Sales are a bit slow – but better than before, indeed, but Marchionne is to blame for that.

          • driv3r

            Well thats why I was saying that improving the product itself will help sales (certainly). Though FCA will need to invest in better (and more) dealership capacities and outlets as well.
            Brand image gets enhanced by using innovative tech. Thats how it is in the automobile industry.

  • Brian Regan

    Looks good to me. The faster they get it to production the better; it’ll be a boon for sales.

  • Steve Cohn

    It’s a shame Alfa didn’t introduce a small sports sedan instead of another one of thousands of compact SUVs on the road, You give up great handling for a higher seating height & a little more storage. Don’t people care how a car drives any more?

    • Enter Ranting

      Alfa should produce a small modern electrical version of the old GT.

    • DMJ

      Nowadays a car manufacter need to have volume cars to be able to create and sell sports cars. Porsche has the SUVs to make volume to be able to sell and devellop 911s, others the same.
      So Alfa needs this in one of the major growing segments in Europe, to do money to devellop coupes and sports cars as we, enthusiasts, want.

  • Steve Cohn

    Diesel-Vdub, You are one creative guy. This is the photoshop of the month!

    • Jorge Teixeira

      He is not, that’s the stupid render Jalopnik made before the car was revealed

  • Giuliano Anzuini
  • Giuliano Anzuini

    Your rendering is more or less like this…

  • Kash

    Now let’s see how long it takes to actually put this into production.

  • Bob

    With the way my luck goes, the one new Alfa I don’t feel much for is probably going to be the one that sells in decent numbers.

    • LeStori

      The masses love SUVs. Especially females of breeding age. Having driven SUVs like the Jaguar -E Pace for amonth in the Uk, they are just over sized hatchbacks with little space compared to exterior dimensions. Unfortunately once one female is convinced something is a good idea they “convert” their frieinds. # SUV # me too

      Now where is this Alfa coupe we keep hearing about. Am I going to be forced to buy something like a Porsche after buying Alfa Romeo for decades… German cars are so boring! Japanese and other Asian cars are so ugly. American cars are just so terrible ever since JFK carked it.

  • designer_dick
  • Dude

    Beautiful. I want it

  • Nah

  • Aldo Grippaldi

    I matured as car designer at Centro Stile 1996 and this gathers all Alfa’s stylema/roots, a masterpiece I will buy for sure and strictly wish mine signed by !! Love it

  • Finkployd

    As powerful, rugged and intimidating as they are, you’d be surprised to see who mostly drives Merc G-classes

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes
  • Bo Hanan

    Girl pleeeze. And carry on with yo Subaru Outback.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    thin lights usually look good… but definitely not in this case

  • Six Thousand Times

    Not a fan of SUVs but this one is kind of nice.

  • Perry F. Bruns

    I saw this on Jalopnik yesterday. Pretty good.

  • Bo Hanan

    You first.


      • Bo Hanan

        And that’s why you asked the question…..(rolls eyes).


          • Bo Hanan

            Save it for the bath house sport.


          • Bo Hanan

            Never cared for the show, now or then.


          • Bo Hanan

            Speaking from experience here.

  • DMJ

    You do realize that all his competitors, including BMW X1, Audi Q2/Q3, MB GLA or VW T-Roc/Tiguan, are also FWD based, right? So whats wrong? It’s a good platform, and they will tune it well, as they always did.

  • Frase

    That SZ hinting really gets me on its side. That said, I really, really want this as the look for the next Giulietta. Might give the Mazda3 something to worry about.

  • iLord

    such a beautiful style, product it…..

  • sidewaysspin

    Seems like a winner already.

  • Richard Taylor

    Generally I’m a fan of reductionism – as seen by Mercedes and Mazda lately. This AR is mostly successful for me, but I’m not sold on the light clusters and front bumper. There’s something Renault Zoe about the curved accents in the bumper, and the lights themselves just need something… more. All IMHO, of course.

  • Dennis James

    The front overhang is incredibly short for a FWD-based platform. Nice.

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