March 18, 2019 – The Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept, the plug-in hybrid compact SUV (C-UV) concept recently presented at the Geneva International Motor Show, is the kind of vehicle that could only come from Alfa Romeo. While clearly stamped with the brand’s traditional DNA, the state-of-the-art driving dynamics and electric propulsion have been designed to maximize the vehicle’s beauty and sportiness.
Like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Tonale is also named after a famous Italian mountain pass, a natural spectacle of majestic spires and waterfalls located in the Italian Alps.
Just as the Stelvio and Giulia represented the first of a new generation of Alfa Romeos, the unmistakable Italian style and unparalleled driving pleasure of the Tonale aim to rewrite the rulebook in the industry’s fastest growing segment. In fact, global sales of C-UVs have doubled over the last four years and are forecast to grow a further 40% by 2021, reaching around 1.4 million vehicles.
Another emerging trend is the electrification of premium C-UVs, and it is estimated that by 2024 76% of vehicles in this segment globally will be electrified, and more than 80% in Europe. “It’s only natural that Alfa Romeo would enter this segment,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo. “And given our heritage, it’s also only natural that we would deliver a C-UV unlike any other.”