Alfa Romeo's Tonale concept is a bold step towards electrification
It looks like Alfa Romeo is looking to widen their crossover selection soon apart from the Stelvio. Officially making its world debut at the 2019 Geneva International Auto Show is the Alfa Romeo Tonale concept, an-all electric crossover that blends sporty design and practicality into one.
Serving as a precursor for a small high-riding automobile, the Tonale is a concept that features Alfa Romeo's signature look mixed with high-tech modern design. Moreover, the Tonale is also Alfa Romeo's take on electrification with its plug-in hybrid tech.
Named after the Tonale Pass that is famous for its natural amphitheater and majestic peaks in the Italian Alps, the new concept embodies Italian design and flair. Thin, eye-catching headlights dominate the front fascia and is complemented by Alfa Romeo's signature front grill. Meanwhile, huge 21-inch alloy wheels give the crossover the unmistakable design made famous by the original 33 Stradale. Smooth curves, as well as a distinct set of taillights round up the sleek look of the Tonale concept.
Inside, Alfa Romeo went for a simple, motorsport-inspired look. The dashboard and center console are almost devoid of any buttons or controls. Instead, most of the buttons are found on the driver's side which makes for a clutter-free design. Other key features inside the Tonale concept are the 10.25-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system, a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel made to look like dual gauges, a flat-bottomed steering wheel with an integrated starter button, as well as paddle shifters.
At the heart of the Tonale concept is a plug-in hybrid powertrain that is helped along by a rear electric motor. No output figures were revealed although Alfa Romeo did mention that it will deliver sport-like performance and efficiency. It has three driving modes which sets the powertrain accordingly. There's Natural which balances power delivery from the engine and electric motor, Advance Efficiency which serves as the car's electric mode, and Dual Power which unleashes the full potential of both the engine and electric motor.
By the time the concept goes into production phase, Alfa Romeo will likely tone down its design inside and out. As for what's under the hood, we won't be surprised if they will offer it with a hybrid / plug-in hybrid, as well as a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Automatic transmissions are likely to be offered as well when the concept goes into production.