Alfa Romeo is signaling with pure clarity its intent to enter the compact utility vehicle segment with a new concept that is currently being displayed at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show in Switzerland. This new concept car – the new Alfa Romeo Tonale – combines practicality, dynamism, style as well as electrification.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale show car essentially marks a new milestone for the brands. It is the brand’s first compact SUV, albeit in concept form. Moreover, the Tonale is Alfa Romeo’s first entry into the world of electric cars, although in plug-in hybrid configuration. For customers, the new Tonale serves as preview for the Italian carmaker’s up and coming CUV.
Alfa Romeo actually announced last year its product road map for the period covering 2018 to 2022. Aside from its current offerings of six models – MiTo, Giulietta, Giulia, Stelvio, 4C Coupe and 4C Spider – the brand is planning to cover 71 percent of the premium market with the new Giulietta MCA, the production version of the Tonale, Giulia MCA (LWB), Stelvio MCA (LWD), GTV and the 8C.
At first glimpse of the Alfa Romeo Tonale, it is very apparent that the concept car boasts of a styling that is uniquely made from Italy. It obviously employs Alfa Romeo’s vaunted trademark design language, a reinterpreted to suit the taste of CUV customers. According to Alfa Romeo, the Tonale take inspiration from the beauty and nuances associated with human forms, as well as from the organic movement of light made possible by pure lines and volumes.
On the exterior, the new Alfa Romeo Tonale makes use of a number of time-honored design elements that are now considered synonymous with the brand’s rich history – all executed with a modern approach. One of these design elements is the Tonale's 21-inch phone dial wheel, which is traceable to the iconic 33 Stradale of the 1960s. The distinctive Tonale whees are shod with exclusive tires from Pirelli.
The front end of the new Tonale is marked by Alfa Romeo's signature "Trilobo" and the "Scudetto" grille, as flanked by the "3 plus 3" forward lighting unit that reminisce the stare of the SZ and Brera. On the rear, the Tonale is marked by a wing that is seemingly suspended between the rear window and the transparent roof.
Inside, the new Alfa Romeo boasts of racing-inspired cockpit that is driver-oriented. Designed to accommodate up to four passengers in utmost comfort, the interior of the Tonale is marked a contrast of rich materials, like aluminum, leather and Alcantara. The driver benefits from a 12.3-inch full digital cluster as well as a 10.25-inch touchscreen central head unit. The new Tonale comes with two "Alfista" and "Paddock".