Alfa Romeo Tonale Caught Undisguised, It’s A Compact SUV Concept (Update #3)

The clearest images yet of the new Alfa Romeo Tonale have been posted on a number of Italian forums, including Clubalfa and Autopareri, confirming beyond any doubt that it’s an SUV Concept. From the looks of it, it’s a compact-sized model that will compete, in production form, against the BMW X1, X2 and their like.  (Update #3)

Previously, Italian magazine Quattroruote filmed the Alfa Romeo Tonale with the covers removed, and shared the video on its Facebook page. Fast forward to 5:03 minutes into the film for a glimpse of the study. (Update #2)

Our photographers snagged a picture of Alfa Romeo’s Tonale behind the blinds (literally). The shape of the car outlined by the silver covers strongly suggests that it’s an SUV. (Updated #1)

Remember Alfa Romeo’s “something new” for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show? It will be called the Tonale, as evidenced by an image taken at the brand’s stand by Facebook user ‘Masera’.

What does Tonale mean, and where does it come from? It appears to be named after the Tonale Pass located in northern Italy, between Lombardy and Trentino, at an altitude of 1,883 meters (6,178 feet). That’s lower than the Stelvio Pass, which is found at an elevation of 2,757 meters (9,045 feet).

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And yes, this is a good indicator that we could be looking at Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s smaller sibling. We don’t know yet if it’s a concept, a near-production study or a production-ready vehicle. If we were to take a guess, we’d be inclined to say it’s the former. The definitive answer to this question will be provided tomorrow, at 11:00 am CET (5:00 am EST) during Alfa’s presentation.

Image via Masera/FB

If it is indeed a compact SUV and not something else (you never know), it will go up against the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, Volvo XC40 and Jaguar E-Pace.

We’ve heard two different rumors about its underpinnings. The first concerns  a shorter version of the Giorgio platform shared with the Stelvio and Giulia, while the second claims that it could be based on a lengthened version of the Jeep Renegade architecture.

A plug-in hybrid powertrain, perhaps similar to the one found in the next-gen Giulietta, could be part of the offering, in addition to traditional turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines.

Alfa has also communicated plans to introduce a third high-riding vehicle as a BMW X5 competitor, which is believed to arrive by 2021.

Thanks to Kapi for the tip!

Image via Clubitalia, Autopareri


Photo Credits: Guido ten Brink – SB Medien for CarScoops

  • StrangerGP

    tonale down your expectations

  • designer_dick

    If it is a smaller sibling for the Stelvio, I hope they’ve had the good sense to base it on the Giorgio platform, rather than, as some sources have implied, a variant of Fiat’s Small Wide 4×4 platform that underpins the Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade and Compass. They might as well declare it DOA if it arrives based on those underpinnings.

    • KP

      It could be based on the Jeep Compass as do VAG with Audi and VW but this could indeed be shortened RWD Giorgio platform and if so I want see of course the hot QV Tonale.

      • designer_dick

        Volkswagen and Audi don’t endlessly recycle ageing platforms. The Small Wide 4×4 is derived from the SCCS platform that was originally developed for the Fiat Grande Punto and Opel/Vauxhall Corsa almost 15 years ago. If the Tonale is based on those underpinnings, it’ll be unable to compete with premium brand rivals, which are mostly built on much more modern platforms.

        • Thomas

          I see that you are quite concerned about the “platform”, including concluding that the success or failure of the vehicle depends on it. Could you define for us what a platform is?

          • Hot Twink

            A platform is the core structural foundation on which a vehicle is built, no matter if it’s a unibody platform or body-on-frame platform. It determines the drivetrain layout and what powertrains can be offered. It also plays a role in how a vehicle will perform, whether it be handling, comfort, off-roading, towing, payload, etc.

        • Andys

          the problem is that you dont find any info about german platforms, for example BMW 3 you dont find any info whats happening under the car, they just change model code and nothning info about changes, probably they just tweak old platform. And old platform can be as good new, if modernised, or the start point is good enough.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      It will be based on the compass, but widened. 100%

      • Hot Twink

        The Compass uses a modified version of the transverse front-wheel drive Fiat “SW” car-platform. Jeep didn’t design that platform, they just tweaked it for the Compass. The same Fiat chassis underpins the Renegade.

  • KP

    My news tip 😁 Cant wait to see the new Alfa


  • Mike anonymous

    Anyone Else notice this. I originally thought it was a podium for speaking, but then noticed the electric vehicle charging ‘connector’ plugged into its’ side. Tonale in English mean tonal. The definition meaning; of or relating to the tone of music, color, or writing.”,.. what exactly so far can this tell us about the vehicle?

    Many people consider Alfa Romeo (from a standpoint of sales) ‘failing’, especially when compared to BMW. But what many don’t realize is that Alfa Romeo never was a high-volume company in the same way BMW or Mercedes-Benz is. (more below the image)

    When someone says that Alfa Romeo is making a BMW or Mercedes Competitor, I tend to look not for; “How many can they sell“, but rather; “How good (or great) is the vehicle itself” (in comparison). I personally believe that’s what really matters most when you get down to it.
    When it comes to design & performance, I personally feel that Alfa Romeo is quite successful, In WHAT they do, opposed to ‘how much’ they do.

    So with that said, I am most certainly looking forward to this.

    • designer_dick

      I have to disagree with your assertion that Alfa Romeo was never a volume company like BMW. In 1990, the sales difference between Alfa and BMW in Europe was around 1.8:1 in Germany’s favour, with BMW shifting 360,000 cars to Alfa’s 200,000. Neither firm was truly a ‘volume’ company in the early 1990s, but they certainly weren’t niche car makers.

      29 years later, the diference is closer to 10:1, driven mainly by BMW finding ever more market niches and creating a line up of models to fill them, while Alfa Romeo was left to wither on the vine between 2000 and 2015, with sales gradually dwindling to little over a quarter of their peak.

      • Mike anonymous

        Well that’s what I mean. For Alfa that may have been their peak, Although for BMW that is their ‘norm’. BMW currently sells more than 1,000,000 per year (2,088,283 in 2017 from BMW alone).

        Again, to my point, I don’t look at Alfa Romeo as a competitor in sales, but rather in those vehicles that they do make.Alfa Romeo never was a high-volume company in the same way BMW or Mercedes-Benz”.
        They simply don’t make vehicles in the same numbers BMW or Mercedes does today, based on the information your provided.

        I personally wouldn’t say they’ve been ‘left to wither on the vine’ as they’ve produced a great number of iconic and beautiful vehicles from the years 2000 up until 2013.

        For Example: 2005 Berra, the 8C, the 4C, the Disco Volante Touring, & the TZ3 series vehicle (Corsa & Stradale), some of which are depicted above.

        • designer_dick

          In terms of investment, Alfa Romeo was most definitely left to wither on the vine. While BMW and Mercedes-Benz were busily more than quadrupling their global sales by spending lots and lots of money creating new models to fill every conceivable market niche, Alfa Romeo was left to soldier on with a succession of gussied up Fiats (147, MiTo, Giulietta) and a car based on an overweight platform GM didn’t want anymore (159).

    • Rivaldo

      Today you have to sell, to make volumes, otherwise you disapear, see Saab, Lancia…

    • Wandering_Spirit

      Tonale is a mountain pass in Italy, famous as expensive vacation location, as well as the venue of many official and unofficial automotive sports events of the past. Same is Stelvio.

  • Stephen G

    I hope it’s not pronounced “Toe Nail”!

    • Belthronding

      You are giving them ideas! Lol

    • Dariush

      no, its toe-nah-leh

    • SpongeBob99Swell


  • Jorge Teixeira

    Quattroruote leaked it, looks too big to be based on the 500 X/ Renegade platform

    • designer_dick

      You think that’ll stop FCA? They’ve already stretched the platform once for the Jeep Compass. Proportions look more FWD to me than RWD, based on the length of that front overhang.

      • Jorge Teixeira

        The car will have hybrid/electric versions, I doubt the old platform allows that

        • designer_dick

          You’d be surprised. With a redesign of a few components here and there, an older platform can quite easily be made suitable for hybridisation.

        • Matteo Tommasi

          The Renegade and 500X hybrid are coming

    • JohnCarscoop

      Thanks Jorge, well scooped! We’ve added the Facebook video in our post

  • Mike anonymous

    Is anyone else glad Alfa Is brining back the Tri-Headlight Design. I Certainly Am.

    • Mike anonymous
    • Galaxium

      Ugh, I’ve never been the biggest fan the of the triangular grille, and I personally think this was one of the worst iterations of such a design language.

      • europeon

        The scudetto is a design staple, it’s what makes an Alfa.

      • TheHake

        I don’t mind it, but that silly offset numberplate plays havoc with my OCD!

    • Elpatore

      The Brera is one of my favorite cars, and I think its the best looking hatchback ever.

      • TheHake

        You can buy a Brera for a tiny fraction of it’s original price now. Now is your chance!

    • Dennis Scipio

      oh that was a thing?

  • Acertado

    The problem is that this C-SUV focuses on European tastes. But a full-size SUV (E-SUV and F-SUV) if it does not appear in the short term, I see a brief future in the United States and Canada, the United States and Canada are full-size markets and are not Compact or medium . , that market is more universal and I predict that if FCA does not realize those markets, the brand will retire from the United States in a very short time and immediately to the lack of covering niche markets in the full sizes E-SUV and F-SUV.

    • Matt

      The full-size segments are taken care of by Dodge and Jeep. Alfa does not need a model in that segment as it doesn’t fit their brand or customer base at all.

      Remember the SAAB 9-7X? The completely wrong model for the brand, and a complete disaster.


  • Dariush

    I kinda like what i see, i just wished the wheels were a bit fancier, this design while classic is way too balanced and lacks any dynamism. Some kind of direction to the wheel design, instead of a perfectly simmetric one, would have been better, imo.

  • Six_Tymes

    Sexy and sleek. very nice design work

  • Adilos Nave

    Delete the triangular shield grill and this could easily be a Mazda. The bright red paint isn’t helping much but would be sacrilege to paint an Alfa anything else.

    • Dariush

      its undeniable, saying that mazda “stole” alfa’s game would be an excuse. You’re right it would totally look like a Mazda with some minor changes. Still, nice to see alfa trying at least.

    • Rafael Sandrea

      Alfa did not copy Mazda design it’s look like an Alfa Brera which is an Alfa design from around 2005, in that case the new Mazda 3 is a copy of old Alfa Romeo design

    • TheHake

      Totally agree. Looks a lot like a CX-3. Which is not a bad thing…

    • That is because Mazda have been copying Alfas design for years. It is Mazda that looks like an Alfa Romeo.

  • TheBelltower

    Looks good. But Tonale is definitely going to become the Alfa Romeo “toe nail”

  • J. P.

    Looks like a Giulietta on stilts

  • carlbolt

    Never understand why people like raised body cars like this.

    • Mike anonymous

      It looks really good (IMO); as if it were the drawing come to life, or at least some say. There’s also ground clearance which could allow it to handle well off the road (depending on the type of off roading your doing). I personally will stick to my first answer though. I prefer it to the ‘body to the floor’ design, at least in a crossover/SUV design.

    • Matt

      Have you ever asked an owner of one?

    • helloWorld

      easy to get in and out.

      • Jo Bo

        Not if you’re short. Andf short people tend to like these… Can’t understand why though.

  • Mike anonymous

    Just to make sure we’re all clear on this; it is pronounced: TONALE (Tooh-na-lay)/(Tooh-n-ah-lay).

    Just to make sure we’re all clear on this; it is pronounced: Tonale (Tooh-na-lay). In English it means Tonal (tow-n-all) which in turn means: “of or relating to the tone of music, color, or writing.” (Which could be a perfect description of what this vehicle ‘seems’ to be like.). Possibly a ‘tone’ of art, regarding a (slightly) new direction in design for Alfa Romeo. So again…. Tonale (Tooh-na-lay) 👌,.. Hopefully this helps. 👍

    • Marty

      No. Unless you are an American who wants to show that you don’t know Italian. 🙂

      (If we use made up English phonetic writing)

      There is no diphthong.

      • Mike anonymous

        I was trying to give a pronunciation the people wouldn’t mess up. I know it’s ‘Too-na-leh’ but who don’t get that may pronounce it as ‘tuna-leh’ or ‘tuna-lay’. I just wanted to make sure (maybe not ‘everyone’ but) ‘anyone’ could get it, or at least close.

        But thank you.

  • Giziclown

    It will be a failure.

    • Matt

      It’s a baby Stelvio with a few concept-car styling elements, where’s the confusion?

      • Giziclown

        No it isn’t, the front is totally different from Stelvio and Gulia, I hope this is only a concept, not the production version.

        • Matt

          Well perhaps but it’s not an ‘all-new’ look for Alfa Romeo, it is very reminiscent of the Brera/159 GTA (which unfortunately was never produced) the way the bumper intersects with the grille and I see 2uettottanta concept influences in the headlights and surfacing.

          Alfa might be introducing a new design theme, much like they have always done – remember the 156 facelift? One thing is certain, it’s 100% concept car at this stage.

  • no25

    Looks very Mazda to me from the rear

    • Spurious Squirrel

      Similar design cues and philosophy, hence why Mazda is generally regarded as Japan’s Alfa Romeo…

    • Andys

      Mazda is Alfa copier, 1st gen Mazda 156 copy ,

      Mazda2 DY (2002–2007) is Alfa 145 copy

  • Wandering_Spirit

    Fiat needs to stop sticking nose in Alfa’s designs. These tall-narrow cars with those headlights and those side lines do not belong to Alfa Romeo but to more generalistic models from Korea and other brands that develop for developing countries. They will fade in anonymity, “special editions” (characterized by a few stickers a new badge and some paints with more plastic), and huge discounts after 1 year or 2. Seriously Fiat, stay out of Alfa’s design.

  • Love the styling. Launch it already, Alfa.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    FCA is dead to me if this ends up FWD.

    • Longer Left Foot

      You’re in for a major disappointment.

    • Andys

      it will be 4wd and probably fwd

  • FactChecker90803

    The proportions clearly say transverse engine, and likely it will be based on the FCP platform, likely will be a sister/brother to the Alfa Romeo Giulietta.

  • Ariza Ariza Mclaren 720S

    Alfa Romeo, after this car Tonale, will continue to show us more different models during the following years; 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 Etc. Or will only the Tonale be the only novelty during the next 4 years?
    I appreciate someone answering me.
    Thank you.

    • Longer Left Foot

      I see that in Spanish motoring websites you’ve attached an FCA product plan that shows the proposed GTV, 8C and E class SUV have been cancelled. As best that I can make out, that was based on Italian media information, can you provide any more information on the source of that product plan. Thanks.

  • Bash

    Wow. I mean it looks amazing.

  • MarkoS

    Looks like a production version with some concept cues added for the show. This looks more Alpha and less FCA to me, I hope this is the styling direction they are going.

  • LeStori

    SUVs are like super cars. Every one is making them. Suburban trucks everywhere. Driven by men whose are married to a breeder.

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Thin headlamps and taillamps. welcome back real Alfa Romeo

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    Now that is a real sporty cross over look. In fact this facia is what it should have been for the other Alfas. Now where is the roadster ?

  • helloWorld

    what an awful name. you know murican’s are going to call it the alfa toenail

  • Jo Bo

    Oh another old people’s car. Senior citizens love SUV:s.

    • helloWorld

      i say once they replace the Giulia for the 2022 version, they should use the platform to make Chrysler’s. gives them product while keeping R/D cost low

    • TheHake

      Not olnly senior citizens. Just look at how many SUV’s sell. Certainly not all by seniors.

    • Bo Hanan

      This will be their best selling car and it will appeal to females over any other group. It will also be a success and their most reliable car with the 2.0 turbo engine from the Gulia. Watch!

  • Mike Gonzalez

    Say what you want but I’m not impressed… those front lights are hideous

    • Markey

      I like the style, but I agree those front light are not on. Can’t they just keep a family feel with Giulia and Stelvio?

  • Dennis James

    Looks great, but I suppose it is not built on the Giulia’s Giorgio platform but on the upcoming Giulietta platform. There is significant front overhang, so it is probably a transverseley mounted engine and FWD layout. But much better than the BMW X2, though.

  • joeybuttafucco


  • sidewaysspin

    Really nice.

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