Alfa Romeo Tonale concept: PHEV points to second, smaller SUV

Published: 06 March 2019

► Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV concept
► Plug-in hybrid crossover coming
► Revealed at 2019 Geneva show

We knew Alfa was going to bring something new – and now we know what is. Meet the new Tonale concept revealed at the 2019 Geneva motor show. This crossover is the second larger car from the brand, and just as significantly marks the proper start of Alfa Romeo’s venture into electrification by using a new plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV

It’s meant to be smaller than the Stelvio model already on sale. The Tonale is a rather pretty thing – arguably prettier than its larger sibling, and has classic Alfa design touches like the 21-inch ‘phone dial’ wheels like the 33 Stradale from the 60s. Nice touches like those will help differentiate it from the FCA platform it'll inevtiably be based on. 

Alfa says the Tonale’s cockpit is ‘very driver oriented, but not egoistic.’ No, we’re not sure what that means either, but we can say it’s a four-seater that has almost an evolved version of the interior seen in the Giulia and Stelvio. The thick, cold metal shift paddles remain, but the Tonale is different via its wider infotainment screen, fully digital instrument display and multi-coloured upholstery.

The DNA switch remains, but the names of the modes have been tweaked to mirror the Tonale’s PHEV powertrain; Dynamic is changed to Dual Power to highlight the use of a combustion engine and the electric motor, Natural mode remains, while A changes from all-weather to ‘Advance-E’ allowing for electric only propulsion.

As for the name? Tonale comes from the Tonale Pass, not far away from the Stelvio Pass in the Alps, with Alfa saying the future model will still drive like an Alfa should. We'll update this article when we know more about the new PHEV. 

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, office Geordie, gamer, lover of hot hatches