One of the many concepts on display at the Geneva International Motor Show is the Alfa Romeo Tonale. This CUV (Coupe Utility Vehicle) is the first by the Italian automaker, and it slots underneath the Stelvio as a mid-size crossover offering.
The Tonale is a historic product for the brand, because it’s its first CUV and first plug-in hybrid model. Alfa Romeo plans a dual-engine setup (like Volvo’s Twin Engine system) – the internal combustion engine will be positioned up front, whereas an electric motor will be mounted behind, presumably making it an electric all-wheel drive crossover.
With the Tonale, the usual Dynamic mode evolves into “Dual Power” mode, which guarantees maximum output from the two propulsion sources. A new E-mozione button will be present, offering specific throttle settings, sharper braking and more direct steering response. Other drive modes include Natural (runs as regular hybrid) and Advance Efficiency (full electric mode).
For Alfa Romeo, the Tonale concept will reinterpret the brand’s DNA to capture the new idea of beauty, energy, harmony, efficiency and driving user-friendliness. The car will adhere to its “Mechanics of Emotions” philosophy, and the final product will get Alfa logo in hybrid optics, just to distinguish the electrified models from the rest.
Design-wise, the Tonale concept screams familiarity – it sits on 21-inch telephone dial wheels (a trait it embraced since the 1960s) shod with exclusive Pirelli tyres, bold body styling that harks back to the stylistic qualities of the Duetto and Disco Volante Spider, as well as the “three plus three” headlights that evoke the gaze of the SZ and Brera. The rear gets a unique enveloping windscreen, complemented by a continuous LED strip that also forms the tail lights.
For the cabin, the Tonale concept will get a very driver-oriented cockpit, although Alfa Romeo says the car will be designed to fit four passengers comfortably. Materials such as leather and Alcantara will be used generously, while gadgetries include a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel for the driver and a 10.25-inch windscreen infotainment system.
The new system is said to feature a “seamless and fluid multitasking interface that allows the driver to have all the latest features and functionality readily available at their fingertips.” What’s more, the car will allow the driver to be fully connected to the Alfa Romeo lifestyle and social communities via two new infotainment features – Alfista and Paddock.
Alfista provides a fully connected interface with select Alfa Romeo clubs and community events, whereas Paddock allows real-time viewing and purchasing of the latest interior and exterior performance upgrades. The Paddock app also enables customers to scroll through the brand’s merchandise and apparel collection, which can be ordered directly.
So there you have it, the Alfa Romeo Tonale concept. It’s still in the early developmental stages, so expect more changes to the car as it nears production. For Alfa Romeo Design, it is an “opera d’arte,” or piece of art, otherwise expressed as the Alfa Romeo Tonale.