Alfa Romeo made use of the 2019 Geneva International Motor Exhibit to preview the style of a upcoming compact crossover in the sort of the amazing Tonale strategy.
Alfa Romeo claimed at the concept’s expose that the Tonale would be released some time ahead of the close of 2022. We now know the day will be in the early component of 2022.
Citing supplier sources, Automotive News (membership demanded) noted on Thursday that the Tonale would skip a earlier planned launch in the next 50 % of 2021 and will now arrive in the early component of the next year.
The motive? It can be reportedly due to new CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato wanting some changes, together with amplified overall performance from a prepared plug-in hybrid variant.
Imparato formerly headed fellow Stellantis manufacturer Peugeot and only joined Alfa Romeo in January.
Alfa Romeo Tonale strategy
Production of the Tonale will be dealt with at Stellantis’ plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Italy. The plant is dependable for the Fiat Panda subcompact crossover but the Tonale will never share the Panda’s underpinnings.
In accordance to Automotive Information, the strategy is to use the platform identified in Jeep’s Compass and Renegade. This signifies the plug-in hybrid powertrain destined for the Tonale will probably close up getting a variation of the set up made use of in the Jeeps. It consists of a1.3-liter inline-4 up front and an electrical motor at the rear. Output ranges from 190 to 240 hp, and an 11.4-kilowatt-hour battery offers adequate juice for an electric assortment of around 30 miles.
But what about Stellantis’ CMP system which supports battery-electrical powertrains? It really is now predicted to be made use of for a subcompact Alfa Romeo crossover twinned with the DS 3 Crossback and Opel Mokka and potentially presenting electric powered ability only.
The Tonale, which will compete with the Audi Q3, BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, is a vital phase in Alfa Romeo’s quest to increase revenue, which in the United States previous 12 months were being a lot less than 20,000 models.
Regrettably, we will no for a longer time see the earlier announced mid-size SUV, GTV coupe and 8C supercar in Alfa Romeo’s potential lineup. Options for all those designs were dropped in the run up to the merger between Fiat Chrysler Vehicles and PSA Group to variety Stellantis.