Production-Spec Alfa Romeo Tonale Will Have Its Own, Distinct Identity

At March’s Geneva Motor Show, Alfa Romeo presented its new compact hybrid SUV dubbed Tonale. These renderings by INDAV Design depict it in production-spec form and, dare we say, they should be pretty much spot-on.

The design of the Alfa Romeo Tonale concept from earlier this year was extraordinarily bold and makes the company’s other SUV, the Stelvio, seem a little restrained. It remains to be seen how significant the alterations will be to make the vehicle street legal, but if these renderings prove to be accurate, we could get a Tonale with looks not too dissimilar to the concept.

Starting at the front, we can see a set of slightly thicker headlights than the concept and the same Scudetto grille as the concept, complete with its silver shroud. Lower down on the front fascia are a pair of fog lights, not present on the concept, and similarly-shaped intakes.

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The tiny wing mirrors from the show car have been replaced by a more realistic pair of traditional ones, and the same applies to the wheels. There are also more prominent door handles on the front two doors, but the rear doors don’t have any visible handles, much like the concept – a trend Alfa itself begun back in 1997 with the 156. Last, but not least, the rear sports relatively simple, horizontal taillights and chrome circular tailpipes flanking the lower end of the bumper.

The road-going Tonale is tipped to be based on a modified version of Fiat Chrysler’s front-wheel drive compact platform, as opposed to the rear-drive “Giorgio” of the Giulia and Stelvio. The SUV is expected to be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, most likely shared with the Jeep Renegade.

  • PK

    I actually quite like it!

  • steve w

    I like it as well BUT 1) FWD? Please-anything but that. I have 4 RWD vintage Alfas and they are a blast. 2) Sharing a lot of the DNA with a Jeep Renegade is less than thrilling. We better see a return to Alfa handling-that means ok to sharing a platform but make the bolt on suspension bits ALL ALFA 3) Chrysler and Italians and Electrics. What could possibly go wrong

    OK Alfa-prove me wrong

    • Jeremy Kuhn

      What the Tonale will be based on has been constantly back and forth. FCA has said that it would in fact be based on the Gigorio platform which means RWD/AWD. Some articles have stated the same as well.
      But we do see (like this article), some report the car to be based on the Jeep platform and be FWD/AWD. I do believe that the full Alfa-ness might be lost with FWD, however hopefully as you said Alfa proves nay-sayers wrong.

      • Bob

        I hope you’re right. I lost interest on the rumours of it being based on a Jeep platform, I’d understood the Giorgio platform to be modular and so hope it will be able to underpin the Tonale.

        • Matteo Tommasi

          Just to clarify, will be based on the Compass, but with different suspension components.
          The Giorgio is modular for D/E cars (Giulia and bigger), the big cars are being developed right now (we did see a G. Ckerokee some weeks ago in another article)

          • Bob

            Thanks for the clarification.

      • Matt

        Alfa was exclusively FWD-based for over 20 years until the Giulia don’t forget, although a shortened Giorgio platform would be fantastic.

  • javier

    do not want

  • J. P.

    Doubt it’s going to be the FWD platform, either the shorter version of the Giorgio or the new platform FCA is developing for small vehicles, that was mentioned in the article about the Fiat Centoventi Concept

    • Matteo Tommasi

      It’s ready for production, on the Renegade base with some different suspensions components

  • Christopher Simard

    Hoping the production version keeps the head and tail lamps closer to that of the concept. The wheels on the production rendering are rather boring as well…

  • You just know there will be those who will unintentionally call it the ‘toenail.’

    • Bash

      Nice car, ugly name.

  • neil

    The Alfasud was well before Fiat’s ownership, and was very highly regarded for its fwd handling – much more so than some of the rwd offerings of the time, such as the Alfa 6.

  • StrangerGP

    That’s a poor vision model, looks so plain compared to the concept. I know it won’t be exactly the same, but I expect it’ll be very similar.

  • Aeromann

    Doesn’t look bad.

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