With three models in its showrooms already, Alfa Romeo looks to continue filling out its lineup by hammering on a popular niche: the compact hybrid crossover. It plans to fill this void with the upcoming release of the 2020 Alfa Romeo Tonale. Alfa recently released a concept version of this upcoming compact crossover, giving us a glimpse of what to expect.
The concept reveals the 2020 Alfa Romeo Tonale will carry on the familiar Alfa design language with its clean body lines, squinty and aggressive lighting, swoopy roofline, and signature grille. From virtually every angle, the Tonale concept displays its familial ties to the current Stelvio crossover, even its forward-leaning rear hatch. Where the Alfa Romeo Tonale concept shows creativity is its rear doors, which appear to have hidden outside handles to give this compact crossover a more coupe-like look. The concept also boasts some ties to Alfa’s history with its SZ-inspired headlight design and wheels inspired by the iconic 33 Stradale.
Inside, the concept shows off a modern but not over-the-top cabin with loads of leather and Alcantara to keep premium shoppers satisfied. Techies will also find a place in the Tonale with its 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment system. The concept boasts a four-seat layout, but we expect a five-seat cabin with a lesser-equipped base model once it hits showrooms.
There is not a lot of information on the 2020 Tonale’s powertrain, but reports indicate it will use the same plug-in hybrid powertrain its sister brand Jeep unveiled for the Renegade and Compass PHEV. In Jeep clothing, this plug-in-hybrid system will deliver up to 240 horsepower, a 31-mile EV range, and a 0-to-60 sprint in the seven-second range, but we could see a little more juice from this powertrain in the 2020 Tonale.
The IIHS and NHTSA have tested no Alfa Romeo models, but safety has not been the brand’s strong point since returning to the U.S., as it rarely offers much more than the basic safety features standard. Alfa Romeo packages most of its advanced safety goodies in pricey option groups that quickly boost the MSRP. With the 2020 Alfa Romeo Tonale being a more advanced vehicle, this trend may change, but we will have to take a wait-and-see approach.