Alfa Romeo Tonale: What You Need to Know
The Alfa Romeo Tonale will elevate the standard of what it means to drive a luxury subcompact sports SUV…plus it will be “electrifiying”.
The new 2020 Alfa Romeo Tonale beautifully integrates traditional Italian design with the power and elegance expected of a modern vehicle, exemplifying Alfa Romeo’s ‘La meccanica delle emozioni.’ Unlike the larger Giulia sedan, the MY2020 Alfa Romeo Tonale (pronounced | Toi nĀ leɪ |, NOT “toe nail”) has made a shift with its redesigned cockpit for more hands-on control. The Tonale is expected to use the same front and all-wheel drive as Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade. The Tonale will also have a 10.3-inch touchscreen display, improved graphics, and state-of-the-art connectivity, along with the following:
- 3-inch digital gauge cluster with a new design layout.
- New infotainment features, “Paddock” and “Alfista.”
- A handful of connectivity features includes Wi-Fi Hotspot, Mobile App with remote control, SOS and Private calling, Roadside Assistance with a vehicle, and stolen car finder.
- ADAS Level II autonomy which includes a balanced driver/machine driving experience such as:
- Highway Assist
- Traffic Jam Assist
- Traffic Sign Recognition
- Lane Keep Assist
- Active Blind Spot Assist
- Driver Attention Alert
- Full-Speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus
- Centre console has leather-wrapped shifters, rotary knobs, and dials.
- Open storage capacity design that allows larger cup holders and wireless cellphone charging pads.
In addition to all the new features added for the 2020 models, Alfa Romeo has made it standard to equip every car produced with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry, remote start, LED bi-xenon exterior lights, DNA Drive Mode selector and backup cameras with sensors, class-executive carbon-fiber driveshaft, and an 8-Speed automatic transmission with column-mounted aluminum paddle shifters. Additionally, it has new color options!
What makes the 2020 Alfa Romeo Tonale most interesting is that it will use an AWD system that uses an electric motor to deliver power to rear wheels accelerating, decelerating, and taking corners with stunning ease and speed. As with any luxury car, the Tonale will come with various configurations from which you can choose. Technical specifications are shrouded in mystery at the moment, but it is expected to feature a hybrid powertrain derived from Compass PHEVs and Jeep Renegade.
However, if you are eager to have an idea of how powerful it should be here noted that Afla Romeo’s Giulia Quadrifoglio, which boasts a Ferrari-derived, 505-horsepower V-6 twin-turbocharged engine, achieves 0 – 60 mph in an incredible 3.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 191 mph, this car is the most powerful Alfa Romeo ever in mass production. We have to wait and see how close the Tonale will fall in terms of power.
Alfa Romeo is expected to start producing the Tonale in the middle of this year, and they will go on sale in Europe towards the latter half of the year. The Tonale is designed to compete with the BMW X1/X2, Lexus UX, and Audi Q3. Alfa Romeo Tonale’s 2020 pricing details haven’t been announced yet.