Alfa Romeo Tonale spied outdoors for the first time
The Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept (see video) debuted over two years ago and should have reached the market this fall, but marque’s new CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato found its hybrid powertrain lacking and requested a makeover.
Here come some photos from the first sighting of a test vehicle in Turin, Italy. The entire exterior comes wrapped in impervious camo, including even the wheels. Other than that, the front end looks more or less like its 2019 concept version except for boxier outlines and larger headlights and grille.
Alfa Romeo does not reveal what kind of architecture the Tonale will run on. The development began before Stellantis Group was formed, so it would be logical for the model to come based on an older Fiat Chrysler Automobiles chassis. A plug-in hybrid version will definitely make the cut, while a high-end Quadrifoglio version probably won’t.
The premiere is expected to take place sometime in the first quarter of 2022. Sales in Europe should begin in June or so, and the USA should follow suit in late 2022.
As a side note, Dodge may want to develop its own car to rival the Tonale in the States. Rumor has it the sports car will be named Hornet after a concept vehicle shown in mid-2000s, but never launched.
Editor Andrew Raspopov