There has been a lot of excitement from Alfa Romeo fans after the introduction of the all-new Tonale C-SUV. Not only does it mark the first new vehicle from the brand in 6 years, but also puts the Italian marque into a segment it has never been in before. But it didn’t take long for the Alfisti to start asking questions about a high-performance model.
In an interview with Australian magazine Drive.com.au, Alfa’s global product manager Daniel Tiago Guzzafame confirmed that all-electric and performance versions are possible, but that no decision has been officially been made. There is no doubt that the Tonale, will see some sort of high-performance variant as it takes on one of the most competitive segments on the global market.
When asked about the possibility of a Tonale Quadrifoglio, Guzzafame also told the media, “We have some alternatives, both with pure thermal [gasoline internal combustion engine or “ICE”] and in the electrification world.” He went on to explain, “Again, we want to have something relevant, that is coherent with the Quadrifoglio emblem on one side, and also coherent and relevant with the market on the other side. Quadrifoglio will sort of [being] a brand within the brand, an umbrella to all of our programs [model lines].
But the idea of a high-performance Tonale wasn’t going to stop certain digital artists from picturing their own dream Tonale. X-Tomi Design created an amazing Tonale GTA concept just hours after the official unveiling. With added elements taken from the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm, the Tonale takes on a whole different look. The design shows, just how promising a compact high-performance Alfa Romeo SUV could be.
The Tonale will come to the North American marketplace in early 2023, with two different powertrain options. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Q4 (all-wheel-drive) variant integrates two electric motors and a 15.5-kWh battery pack (4.1-kWh bigger than the Compass 4xe), with a fuel-efficient 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. This architecture provides two cars in one – a battery-electric vehicle featuring an electric motor (e-motor) and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack on the rear axle and a conventional vehicle with an ICE fitted on the front axle, creating all-wheel-drive.
The second engine option for North America puts the turbocharged 2.0-liter (GME-T4) engine under the hood of the Tonale. Mated to a ZF-sourced 9-speed automatic transmission, the Tonale 2.0-liter is rated at 256 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque and will feature Alfa’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system as standard equipment.
With that being said, what would you rather see make it into production? An all-electric version of the Tonale? Or a high-performance Quadrifoglio model? Let us know in the comments below or in our MoparInsiders.com forums.