Earlier this year, new Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato announced that he wants the Tonale’s plug-in hybrid powertrain to be more powerful, which will delay the launch of the brand’s small crossover. It looks like work on the electrified model isn’t finished yet and we have new spy photos showing a prototype in disguise.
Provided by Walter vayr on Facebook, the snaps show a heavily camouflaged test car that still wears reserved taillights. We don’t see the front of the car as it was parked next to a Fiat 500X prototype. By the way, this Fiat is believed to be a mule for a new hybrid-powered version of the 500X coming in September this year.
Back at the Tonale, it will be located below the Stelvio in the brand’s range and will indirectly replace the now discontinued Giulietta sedan. It will be the most affordable new Alfa money one can buy and will be visually very similar to the Tonale concept presented at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
At this point, we know that the crossover will be based on the Jeep Compass’s existing platform, although we don’t know what will be hiding under the hood. The Compass is available with a 1.3-liter plug-in hybrid powertrain with up to 240 horsepower (179 kilowatts) and up to 30 miles (49 kilometers) of range on a single charge. Meanwhile, Peugeot, a sister brand of the Stellantis family, has a 1.6-liter PHEV system developing 300 hp (224 kW).
Scheduled to be unveiled in the first quarter of 2022, the Tonale will most likely go on sale in Europe first in June or July next year. The US market is expected to follow before the end of the year, although it will remain the brand’s smallest crossover in North America where the Brennero will not be offered.