Alfa Romeo Stella Compact SUV Is The Tonale From An Alternate Universe

Earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show, Alfa Romeo unveiled the Tonale, a concept vehicle that previews a new compact crossover with a plug-in hybrid drive.

While the study enjoyed a warm reception there are some independent designers who believe they can do better. Enter Jesse Diephuis and his impressive Alfa Romeo Stella.

As with the Tonale, the independent artist’s study envisions a new Alfa Romeo crossover that would slot below the Stelvio in the brand’s lineup. It would share underpinnings with the Giulietta and would be slightly more off-road-focused than the larger model.

As you can see, the Stella features many Alfa Romeo design cues, including the shield-shaped grille, flowing surfaces, coupe-like lateral window outline, and phone-dial alloys, among other things. The taillights remind of the Giulietta, while the headlights actually look more like Porsche than Alfa Romeo.

The Alfa Romeo Stella’s 4,351mm (171.3in) length makes it 336mm (13.2in) shorter than the Stelvio, placing it halfway between an Audi Q2 and Audi Q3. Factor in the youthful, sporty styling and the Stella should appeal to young buyers more than anything in Alfa Romeo’s current lineup.

There’s one design detail that won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, however, and that’s the area around the grille that looks quite busy. One of the CGIs shows a modification the designer made to fix it but the black trim surrounding the Scudetto grille still looks a bit too massive. Other than that, we can’t really fault Diephuis’ work.

That said, which Alfa Romeo compact SUV would you like to see on the street, the Tonale or the Stella?

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  • SteersUright

    Heeeeeeellll no!

  • charlotteharry57

    Absolutely, positively, downright ugly. Actually, ugly is too kind a word.

  • supermanuel

    Which one do you prefer? Are you for real?

  • Emoto

    Toenail! ;-p

  • designer_dick

    Good God, that’s horrible, and it uses Alfa styling cues that were most recently employed on the Giulietta, which is an almost 10 year old design. The Tonale isn’t exactly a stunning beauty for the ages, but at least it isn’t offensive to look at.

  • Bash

    Omg they just started doing beautiful designs again and now they as if have given the design part to the Chinese people.

    • Matt

      Luckily Alfa didn’t design this one!

  • Romain AA

    Tonale was ugly, to me. Like, regular ugly. Ok ugly.
    This is not ok. This is a lack of respect to the brand and its legacy. To car design and to all the people that would have to deal with this horror in their streets.

    Let’s hope this never goes onto production.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    WTF is that? I would be ashamed to publish something that looks this way.

  • StrangerGP

    Slow news day, eh?

  • Tumbi Mtika


  • robotlogic

    That’s just a Nissan Juke without the bug-eye headlights.

  • dj_aris


  • KAG25

    Those headlights are gigantic, the blueprints showing people inside makes it look really small.

  • Bob

    I keep coming back to this article to try to process just how ugly this car is.

  • sidewaysspin

    Sorry but it lacks italian proportions and elegance.

  • Dennis Scipio

    That front end is not really appealing.

  • helloWorld

    the toenail looks better. the front end of the stella looks off. maybe because of the vents above the triangle on the hood

  • Jo Bo

    What an ugly nose…. Omfg

  • CitizenKane


  • alex.remsen

    Easy for me. The Tonale any day, every day

  • Jorge Teixeira

    I like the overall shape, the details not so much: the scudetto is needlessly complicated, and the least said about the head and tail lights the better

  • no25

    wtf is that!

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Normally i rant a lot with extended analyses. In this case i’ll just call it trash.

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