Alfa Romeo Tonale concept debuts in Geneva

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Alfa Romeo has revealed the Tonale a sleek concept car that previews a production compact SUV due to go on sale next year.

Named after an Italian mountain pass, the Tonale mixes design elements from the midsize Stelvio SUV with sharp lines and flowing curves you’d expect from a concept car. Up front, there’s an interpretation of Alfa’s famous triangular grille, which is flanked by headlights reportedly inspired by the SZ and Brera of the 1990s. Down the side the CUV wears a set of 21-inch telephone dial wheels, while around the rear you can find slim LED taillights, large exhaust tips, wraparound glass and a black roof spoiler.

Inside, the cabin is sleek, modern and very minimalist. In front of the driver is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and sporty steering wheel, while in the centre of the dash there’s a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The materials used are all premium – aluminium can be found on the trim panels, while the seats and soft touch points are trimmed in Alcantara and tan leather. Other elements of note include red LED ambient lighting spread around the interior, in addition to a ‘DNA’ drive mode selector located in the centre console.

Powertrain specs haven’t been divulged, however the Italian brand has stated that the concept is powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Based on this information, it’s likely that it uses the same powertrain as the Jeep Renegade PHEV also revealed in Geneva, which pairs a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 178kW of power.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale concept makes its public debut at the Geneva motor show, ahead of a production version going on sale in 2020.

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