The 2019 Geneva Motor Show kicked off this week. Alfa Romeo has just unveiled a brand-new plug-in hybrid compact SUV. Introducing the Alfa Romeo Tonale. This vehicle promises to eventually become Alfa’s first plug-in hybrid offering. Plus, Alfa is using the Tonale to also introduce some new lifestyle experience features that integrate with your car.
The Tonale unmistakably looks like an Alfa Romeo, though it has its own distinct style from its production models, like the Stelvio. There are minimal body lines, striking daytime running lights and similarly styled taillights. You still get the classic Alfa Romeo ‘phone dial’ 21-inch wheels. Plus the obligatory triangular grille. Styling is always a personal choice, so let us know what you think in the comments down below.
Interior & Tech
Move inside and you see a very organic, driver centric interior design. Lots of smooth lines with a natural flow to them. But the interior is not without its technology, either. In the dashboard Alfa fit two large information screens. The Tonale has a 12.3-inch full digital gauge cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display. These screens fully integrate with two new features for Alfa Romeo.
Alfista & Paddock
Alfista and Paddock are two new lifestyle apps that fully integrate with your car in a new car lifestyle experience package. According to Alfa Romeo,
“Alfista” is an immersive Alfa Romeo Lifestyle experience, providing a fully 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, just to name a few.
Paddock, on the other hand, is more of a marketplace. Here is what Alfa says owners can do with Paddock:
“Paddock” is the Alfa Romeo Tonale in-vehicle garage and 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 direct with the touch of the screen.
So if you are an Alfa fan, these apps allow you to completely immerse yourself into the brand’s culture, events, merchandise and more.
Unfortunately, Afla did not reveal many details about the Tonale’s specs as they pertain to actually driving the thing. We know it will be a plug-in hybrid. But, Alfa Romeo made no mention of what sort of engine, electric motor and battery setup they might use, should this go to production.
However, we do know that the Tonale will make use of the same driving mode acronym as other Alfa models: D.N.A. On the Tonale, this stands for “Dual Power” rather than “Dynamic” and “Advance E” rather than “Advance Efficiency”. N will still represent “Natural”, or normal mode in the Tonale.
The way Alfa Romeo has presented the Tonale certainly makes it feel like a car that they will bring to production. But, please keep in mind that this is still a concept and much of the design and features could be subject to change in the near future.
To hear more about the Alfa Romeo Tonale, you’ll just have to stay tuned to TFLcar.com. While you wait for more info on Alfa’s latest PHEV SUV, why not see what we think of their performance SUV, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio: