By adding a PHEV option to its Jeep Compass and Renegade while also unveiling an Alfa Romeo concept called Tonale, FCA made a statement at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
FCA hasn’t had the easiest road in the last few years. With the new Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept combined with the launch of the Jeep Renegade and Jeep Compass PHEV, the 2019 Geneva Motor Show was a step in the right direction for the American automotive giant.
For starters, both Jeep and Alfa Romeo are now making the much-needed move to electrification. The Tonale as well as the Compass unveiled in Geneva (along with the Renegade) will offer a PHEV powertrain which was long overdue at FCA.
A recent major investment by FCA means we will see more of these plug-in hybrid models including a new Jeep Grand Cherokee PHEV. The Compass/Renegade PHEV duo is just the beginning.
Alfa Romeo Tonale
The Alfa Romeo Tonale starts with an amazing design which every Alfa Romeo should have. Smaller than the Stelvio, the new Tonale is still a concept but it looks awfully close to production. According to the Italian automaker, there will be production versions of the Tonale on the road by the end of 2022. A PHEV option will be available as well.
If Alfa Romeo hopes to establish itself as a premier luxury automaker in North America, the Tonale will be crucial. SUVs have never been more popular and luxury manufacturers need a full lineup of sport utility vehicles to stand a chance. Adding the Tonale to the Stelvio is not just a good move by Alfa, it’s a necessary one.
Read more about the Alfa Romeo Tonale.
Jeep Compass E-Volution PHEV
The current Jeep Compass is a modern, capable urban SUV that has had trouble finding its niche in its crowded segment. The new Jeep Compass PHEV called E-volution unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show would certainly help the Compass find a more solid footing in its class.
Nothing is quite confirmed for North America yet and we don’t know when Jeep would bring the Compass PHEV to market, but it’s nice to see that Jeep has used a production-ready plug-in electric plug-in hybrid powertrain. In other words, it’s not too crazy to think Jeep will offer a Jeep Compass PHEV one day soon.
Capable of powering the Compass E-volution PHEV for around 50 kilometers on electric power alone, a battery pack charges an electric motor that’s paired with a 1.3-liter turbocharged engine that develops between 190 and 240 horsepower.
Read more about the Jeep Compass PHEV and its Renegade brother.