When Alfa Romeo introduced the 2021 Giulia and Stelvio in December, the company noted they would be joined by the “upcoming PHEV Tonale, which will start production next year.”
While the company has been tight-lipped about the crossover, Motor.es is reporting the Tonale will be introduced this fall.
While nothing is official, the publication says there will be a Tonale Launch Edition and it will go on sale in November. The standard model will apparently arrive shortly thereafter in early 2022.
Previewed by a concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Tonale will slot beneath the Stelvio and become the brand’s entry-level crossover. Needless to say, there’s a lot riding on it as Alfa’s return to the United States hasn’t been a roaring success as the brand only sold 18,292 units in America last year.
The production Tonale will reportedly echo the concept, but feature revised lighting units and more traditional side mirrors. The interior is said to largely carryover, but some of the more extreme elements will likely be dropped.
Engine options remain unconfirmed, but will reportedly be shared with the Jeep Renegade. If that’s the case, the plug-in hybrid variant should have a turbocharged 1.3-liter petrol engine with outputs of 128 hp (96 kW / 130 PS) and 178 hp (132 kW / 180 PS).
The engine is backed up by an 11.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which powers an electric motor that develops 59 hp (44 kW / 60 PS). This gives the plug-in hybrid Renegade combined outputs of 187 hp (140 kW / 190 PS) and 237 hp (176 kW / 240 PS). Of course, the most important number is an electric-only range of approximately 26 miles (42 km) in the WLTP cycle.
H/T to Motor1