Surprise, surprise: photos of the Alfa Romeo Tonale compact SUV surfaced on the internet revealing the design of the production model.
The images appear to have been taken during a preliminary internal comparison with rivals, as in the background we can spot vehicles including the Audi Q3, BMW X2, Range Rover Evoque and Nissan Qashqai.
It’s hard to detect the exact source of the images but the Autopareri forum seems to be among the first outlets to have posted them. The photos are also on many Instagram pages, including Allcarnews which allegedly shows the first interior shot.
Starting off with the exterior, the resemblance to the Tonale concept is clear but not as striking as some would have hoped for. At the front, the headlights have a different shape and size than on the study, making the car look more tame. We can only hope they retain the striking LED signature with three clusters on each side. As for the front grille and bumper, they look quite similar to the concept.
The taillights are also toned down on the production model but their layout remains the same as on the study, including the illuminated light strip that unites them. The rear bumper seems more massive though, and the tailpipes are rounder than on the concept.
As expected, the door handles are not of the pop-out kind, although the rear ones are “hidden” in the C-pillars. In addition, the rear glass does not look as pointed as on the study.
As for the interior photo, we can’t tell whether it’s the real deal, but it looks like an evolution of the Stelvio SUV‘s dashboard. New stuff includes the fully digital instrument panel, a new “floating” touchscreen display, wireless smartphone charging, and an overall sportier design.
Alfa Romeo is expected to launch the production Tonale in the first half of 2021, with the compact SUV to become the brand’s first model to pack a plug-in hybrid powertrain.