This energy transition phase has brought another carmaker on-board electrification. At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Alfa Romeo showcased the Tonale concept, which will be the brand’s first plug-in hybrid and the first premium compact SUV.
As with the Stelvio, the name comes from another mountain pass called the Tonale Pass, not far from the Stelvio Pass in the Alps. Except the headlamps and tail lamps, the design looks more or less the same too. The Tonale’s 21-inch wheels are inspired from the rotary dials of 1960s phones, apparently. They were also worn on the iconic 33 Stradale.
Inside, the first thing that grabs your attention are those translucent backlit panels. They appear to be Alfa Romeo’s take on ambient lighting. We can also see a 12.3-inch fully digital cluster, 10.25-inch touchscreen central head unit, and circular air vents with integrated displays.
The infotainment has two features – Alfista and Paddock. The former offers a connected interface with select Alfa Romeo clubs and community events, such as gatherings, drives and meets. This in-vehicle app allows the driver access to live news and updates about the current happenings of the Alfa Romeo brand. The customer has the ability to confirm attendance to events and gatherings, order Alfa Romeo Racing tickets, as well as apply for opportunities to win VIP access to special Alfa Romeo sponsored events.
The Paddock is a market for real-time viewing and purchasing of the latest interior and exterior performance upgrades and equipment. The Paddock app also enables the customer to scroll through the latest offerings of Alfa Romeo Merchandise and Apparel, which can be ordered directly via the touchscreen.
The driver will have different modes available. The Dual Power mode guarantees maximum output from the two engines. The Natural mode is all about energy and fuel savings, but not at the detriment of performance. The Advance E is self explanatory, meaning performance in full electric mode. Finally, there is E-mozione, offering specific throttle settings, sharper braking and a more direct steering response.