The Alfa Romeo Tonale compact crossover, scheduled to debut early this fall, is likely to be delayed. According to Automotive News, the current CEO of the brand, Jean-Phillip Imparato, was dissatisfied with the performance of the hybrid power plant and demanded that it be improved.
It was assumed that the new crossover Alfa Romeo will be shown in September, and in November the car will go on sale in the European market. However, with the “launch” of the SUV, a hitch arose – the reason was the dissatisfaction of the general director of the brand Jean-Phillip Imparato with the work of the hybrid system, the recalibration of which could take up to three months or more.
It is known that Tonale will be based on the Small Wide 4 × 4 platform from Jeep Compass and Renegade. Consequently, the crossover will receive a 4xe power plant based on a 1.3 turbo engine, developing 190 or 240 forces at 270 Nm in the Jeep. With it, Compass travels on electric traction up to 49 kilometers, but Imparato believes that this is not enough.
Externally, the Alfa Romeo Tonale will hardly differ from the 2019 concept. The model will most likely be produced at the Italian plant in Pomigliano d’Arco. Whether the premiere will take place this year is now questionable.