Alfa Romeo will to disclose a brand new compact SUV referred to as the Tonale on the Geneva motor present.
Italian media suggests the automobile, which will likely be revealed at 10am UK time right this moment (Tuesday), will likely be electrified, possible utilizing a hybrid system set to be launched within the Jeep Renegade shortly.
Tonale is the identify of a mountain move in northern Italy, which sits at an altitude of 1883 metres. The Stelvio move (which lends its identify to the agency’s bigger SUV) sits one other 900 ft greater. Hypothesis is rife that the usage of this identify, seen on the agency’s stand by journalists given early entry to the present, confirms a smaller SUV will likely be revealed.
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Alfa’s father or mother firm, Fiat Chrysler Vehicles (FCA), introduced plans to construct two new SUVs alongside a brand new GT4 coupé and 8C sports activities automobile, by 2022. Launching the small SUV first can be essential given the phase’s reputation.
Serving as a smaller sibling to the Stelvio, which has offered effectively alongside comparatively weak gross sales of non-SUV fashions such because the Giulia and Giulietta, the brand new mannequin 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 power by launching extra attainable SUV fashions, such because the Renegade.
Particulars of the brand new Alfa Romeo are scarce, however we are able to count on it to share styling cues and inside particulars with the Stelvio, whereas it’s unclear as but if it’ll use that automobile’s platform or transfer to a extra inexpensive front-wheel-drive format. Rumours counsel it’ll make use of the Jeep Renegade’s platform, that means front-wheel drive is probably going.
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