Alfa Romeo Tonale concept headed for production

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Author: | Updated: 05 Mar 2019 03:58

The Alfa Romeo Tonale concept has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. We knew an all-new Alfa was on the way, with many hoping for a new GTV sports car.

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However, it’s fair to say a new crossover will likely have a broader appeal among new car customers, with Alfa aiming to take on VW Group products like the Seat Arona and VW T-Cross when a production-ready variant of the Tonale is revealed.

Alfa Tonale concept front[18]

The Tonale follows the Stelvio’s lead when it comes to its name – the Tonale pass is a mountain route in Northern Italy, which is aptly lower than the Stelvio pass.

Sitting below the Stelvio – both literally and metaphorically – the Tonale concept borrows styling cues from Alfas both old and new, with the iconic shield grille, classic ‘telephone dial’ alloy wheels marking it out from the pack.

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Speaking to Autocar, Alfa boss Tim Kuniskis said that this compact SUV will embrace Alfa’s core principals and benefit from advanced engine tech, electrification and stunning electric design. Regardless, for those that complain crossovers look  and feel rather samey, it’s unlikely that’ll apply to the Tonale.

A slim set of headlights, pop-out door handles and thin camera-like door mirrors also feature. How much the production car will mirror the striking looks remains to be seen, although Alfa has a history of making models very similar to its production models – remember the SZ and Brera?

Alfa Tonale concept rear

Internally, Alfa is promising a driver-focused cabin. The steering wheel has a retro look to it, incorporating a glossy black design with a brushed aluminium trim pieces. There’s an infotainment system that’s angled towards the driver, and air vents that incorporate individual temperature controls.

The production version will feature an electrified drivetrain. The basis for this is likely to be borrowed from the one that’s set to make its debut in the Jeep Renegade in the not-too-distant future.

We’ll bring you further details of the Tonale and the production car release date as soon as details are revealed but, in the meantime you can find lease deals on current Alfas here, or watch our review of the Stelvio SUV above.

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