Alfa Romeo has previewed its first compact SUV with the brand new Tonale plug-in hybrid, unveiled on the Geneva motor present.
The Tonale, which sits beneath the Stelvio within the Italian agency’s SUV vary, is ready to make use of a hybrid system that shall be launched within the Jeep Renegade shortly.
Alfa Romeo boss Tim Kuniskis promised that the Tonale can be a compact SUV “like no different, that can embrace our core model principals: superior engine know-how, electrification, distance proportions and gorgeous Italian design.” He claimed: “We won’t launch simply one other CUV. We are going to launch a CUV as solely Alfa can.”
Kuniskis stated the Tonale idea confirmed what the compact Alfa “may” appear like and vowed that the hybrid powertrain can be used to boost the driving expertise, quite than simply serving to the agency meet CO2 emissions targets. “We have put the driving force on the centre, with unimaginable steering really feel,” he stated. “The Tonale can have a definite persona and timeless design that evokes the eagerness of its designers.”
Tonale is the identify of a mountain go in northern Italy, which sits at an altitude of 1883m. The Stelvio go (which lends its identify to the agency’s bigger SUV) sits one other 900 ft larger.
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Alfa’s dad or mum firm, Fiat Chrysler Cars (FCA), introduced plans to construct two new SUVs alongside a brand new GT4 coupé and 8C sports activities automobile, by 2022. The small SUV will be essential, given the phase’s recognition.
Serving as a smaller sibling to the Stelvio, which has offered properly alongside comparatively weak gross sales of non-SUV fashions such because the Giulia and Giulietta, the Tonale is claimed to be the precedence automobile to be launched by new group CEO Mike Manley. Manley is credited with placing the Jeep model again right into a place of energy by launching extra attainable SUV fashions, such because the Renegade.
Studies recommend the Tonale will make use of the Jeep Renegade’s platform, which means front-wheel drive is probably going.
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