New CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato, wants more performance.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale was introduced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
The Tonale won’t launch before early 2022.
Alfa Romeo, under the newly formed Stellantis umbrella, is safe. But not entirely so at the same time. Although the group that there’s room for both it and Maserati, there’s no room for mistakes. Alfa Romeo’s not delivered expected numbers despite massive past investments in the brand. The Tonale could very well make or break the car company’s future.
Alfa’s new CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato, who took the position in January, visited FCA’s European headquarters in Turin in mid-January and this is when he first came into contact with the Alfa Romeo Tonale. It was after this meeting that the CEO, according to Automotive News (subscription required), demanded better performance from the Tonale’s plug-in hybrid powertrain.
The small SUV shares its underpinnings with the Jeep Compass as well as its plug-in hybrid powertrain, albeit revised. On a full charge, the 11.4kWh battery delivers 30 miles (50km) of electric range. The turbocharged 1.3-litre engine, mated to a 60-horsepower electric motor, produces either 190- or 240 horsepower.
According to the report, production of the Tonale was set to debut this October at FCA’s Pomigliano plant, near Naples. Imparato’s request may push the date back to early 2022. For North America, this could delay its market introduction date from mid-2022 to late in the same year.