In the summer, the Alfa Romeo Tonale compact SUV will be launched initially as a hybrid, later also as a plug-in and diesel hybrid. The E version isn’t coming, but maybe a performance model like the QV with the cloverleaf logo?
Recently revealed Alfa Romeo tone it stands on the Stellantis SCCS platform (Small Common Components and System), which also carries the Jeep Compass, for example. What the small model does not support, however, is a version with an electric drive – in this regard, it will take more patience until the BEV from Alfa goes to dealers. It’s not yet known what model that might be, but Alfa boss Jean-Philippe Imparato has a knack for electric cars with a feel. After all, he also had that at Peugeot at the time The concept of e-Legend put it on the way. It remains to be seen whether the e-GTV or the small e-SUV called the Brennero will be the first electric vehicle. The electronic strategy of the Italians should not be an issue here. Rather, the other end of the fitness scale.
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The two current models from Alfa Romeo, the Giulia and the Stelvio, are both available as sporty versions of the supercharged QV. Performance versions squeeze out 510 hp from a 2.9-liter twin-charged V6, which was co-developed with sister company Ferrari. That too tonal benefiting from this unit seems impossible. Finally, the Italians put a small SUV under the Stelvio. So, let’s take a look at the extensive latifundia of the Stellantis Group in search of a suitable game engine for Alfa newcomer.
We don’t have to look very long. That Alfa Romeo It is already known that he intends to continue working closely with the Maserati people in the future. Brands are already sharing that Innovation Lab for vehicle development and research in Modena and used to work together conceptually. Since the stage of the entry-level model of the Maserati SUV Levante is not far. It is powered by a two-liter four-cylinder electric gasoline engine with 330 hp. A level of performance that would also suit a high-end Tonale model. You can confidently beat the competition like VW T-Roc R (300 hp), BMW X1 M35i (306 hp) or Cupra Formentor VZ 2.0 TSI (310 hp). That may also be the brand’s tradition, after all the Giulia and Stelvio like the QV also eclipse the competition in terms of output. Considering Alfa’s weak numbers, it cannot be assumed that a new engine will be developed specifically, and it will not be consistent with the corporate strategy which is about using compromises.
So far, however, there has been no official confirmation from Alfa Romeo for the performance ton. However, Jean Philippe Imparato was generally open to his British colleagues from Auto Express. Tonale QV will be considered if customers request it. From time to time you can see the production model in our photo gallery.
Alfa Romeo likes to think of itself as a very sporty brand. That’s also true: both models in the portfolio are available as more powerful sports versions with the “Quadrifoglio Verde” badge on the side. Tonale foreigner can not completely abandon this tradition, right? In this regard, sister brand Maserati will certainly be happy to borrow the 330 hp two-liter four-cylinder from the base Levante.