Alfa Romeo used the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show to preview the design of a future compact crossover in the type of the gorgeous Tonale idea.
Alfa Romeo mentioned on the idea’s reveal that the Tonale could be launched a while earlier than the top of 2022. We now know the date shall be in the early a part of 2022.
Citing provider sources, Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Thursday that the Tonale would miss a beforehand deliberate launch in the second half of 2021 and can now arrive in the early a part of the next year.
The purpose? It’s reportedly due to new CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato wanting some adjustments, together with elevated efficiency from a deliberate plug-in hybrid variant.
Imparato beforehand headed fellow Stellantis model Peugeot and solely joined Alfa Romeo in January.
Alfa Romeo Tonale idea
Production of the Tonale shall be dealt with at Stellantis’ plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Italy. The plant is accountable for the Fiat Panda subcompact crossover however the Tonale will not share the Panda’s underpinnings.
According to Automotive News, the plan is to use the platform discovered in Jeep’s Compass and Renegade. This means the plug-in hybrid powertrain destined for the Tonale will probably find yourself being a model of the setup used in the Jeeps. It consists of a1.3-liter inline-4 up entrance and an electrical motor on the rear. Output ranges from 190 to 240 hp, and an 11.4-kilowatt-hour battery gives sufficient juice for an electrical vary of roughly 30 miles.
But what about Stellantis’ CMP platform which helps battery-electric powertrains? It’s now anticipated to be used for a subcompact Alfa Romeo crossover twinned with the DS 3 Crossback and Opel Mokka and presumably providing electrical energy solely.
The Tonale, which is able to compete with the Audi Q3, BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, is a key step in Alfa Romeo’s quest to enhance gross sales, which in the United States final year had been lower than 20,000 models.
Sadly, we are going to now not see the beforehand introduced mid-size SUV, GTV coupe and 8C supercar in Alfa Romeo’s future lineup. Plans for these fashions had been dropped in the run up to the merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group to type Stellantis.