Alfa Romeo’s decision to start building SUVs turns out to be a great idea because the current Stelvio model sells as ice cream during summer. That’s why the Italian car manufacturer intends to expand its high-riding fleet with two new models: one below and one above the Stelvio. The company previewed a compact crossover at last week’s Geneva Motor Show. Pretty soon, the concept will be turned into a production model that will be introduced next year as the 2021 Alfa Romeo Tonale.
The gorgeous-looking concept that has been named after a beautiful mountain pass in northern Italy will not suffer too many changes when the production model arrives. The magnificent sweeping styling will stay as it is now, while the front end could suffer certain improvements in the form of different headlights or reworked grille. Also, the production model will probably get actual side mirrors instead of the cameras. If the car keeps the concept’s rear pillars, then the automaker needs to enable better vision in the back with some sort of rear-view camera. And yes, the amazing telephone-dial wheels will stay on board when the 2021 Alfa Romeo Tonale arrives.
Inside, the four-seat compact luxury crossover will most definitely find some space for the fifth passenger. Alcantara treatment will come as a more expensive option, while the automaker should keep the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. On the other hand, the concept’s 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment might be reduced to, let’s say, 8 to 9 inches.
The Tonale concept came to Geneva with a sparkle of electricity. The automaker used some sort of plug-in hybrid there, yet they haven’t provided any closer details. The production model, however, will use an internal consumption engine for sure. Though, the electrified powertrain might be a more expensive option. There’s no word regarding the possible options under the hood so far. However, we are pretty sure that the Italian automaker won’t miss the opportunity to add its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque. If they decided to build the high-performance Quadrifoglio model, then the car gets 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 that pumps out over 500 horsepower under the hood of the hottest Stelvio. An eight-speed auto should be the only available transmission.