The new 2022 Alfa Romeo Tonale will inject Italian blood into the subcompact luxury crossover market. The Tonale’s curvy body is highlighted by Alfa’s sharp-nosed nose. It’s as handsome as it gets. It will also feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain that offers a limited electric-driving range. The company promises that the new small SUV will carry on Alfa’s tradition for driving pleasure, despite many details still being unknown. The 2022 Tonale will be a new attractive entry. It features a high seat height, an all-wheel drive option and the possibility of a Quadrifoglio model.
What’s new for 2022?
At the 2019 Geneva autoshow, the all-new Tonale was presented in concept form. More recently, we have seen images of it in production form. We are still waiting for official information on the American version, but we do know it will fit underneath the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV. It will compete with smaller alternatives like the BMW X1 or the Volvo XC40.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
Alfa has not yet revealed the price of the Tonale or when it will be available for purchase. We will be able to detail the model we consider most desirable once that information is available. It’s likely that it will follow the same trim-level hierarchy as the Alfa Romeo Giulia or Stelvio. They offer a base model, Sport and Ti models, as well as Ti Sport, Ti Sport and Ti Sport. A Quadrifoglio high-performance variant could also be offered that could eventually reach to the Tonale.
Engine, Transmission, & Performance
We expect that the final production version will use a front-wheel drive platform, which is different from the company’s rear-drive architecture. To satisfy customer demands, an all-wheel drive system will undoubtedly be offered. To assist the internal combustion engine at the front, most likely a turbocharged 4-cylinder turbocharged four-cylinder, the plug-in hybrid model will include a rear-mounted electrical motor. Alfa claims that the Tonale will retain the brand’s iconic trademarks of driver engagement and performance, despite the mechanical changes.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
We don’t have enough information to review the crossovers EPA-rated fuel economy until we know more. It could be electric-only, with a range of around 31 miles, if the rumors that the plug-in hybrid version is being used in the Jeep Compass or Renegade PHEVs are true.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
We expect many design elements as well as technology features to be integrated into the production model, despite the whimsical interior pieces of the concept such the translucent backlit panels. The driver-centric dashboard and circular air vents are clearly inspired by current Alfa models. The dashboard featured a 12.3 inch digital gauge cluster and a three-spoke steering wheel. This gave the concept a modern twist on an old design. Front-wheel drive may allow for more interior packaging than rear-drive Alfas. The plug-in hybrids’ battery pack and electric motor could reduce that space.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The Tonale concept featured a touchscreen 10.3-inch infotainment system that included unique content called “Alfista”, and “Paddock”. This should be a great option for Alfa Romeo fans. The first allows users to connect with Alfa clubs, community events, and offers a virtual marketplace for performance parts and Alfa-branded merchandise. Other traditional content like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and an optional premium sound system are expected.