The debut of the new crossover Alfa Romeo Tonale is delayedApril 8, 2021
The Italian automaker has said that it will have to postpone the show of the new crossover Alfa Romeo Tonale. The fact is that the CEO of the company wants to improve the performance of the existing plug-in hybrid power plant, which will be equipped with a new product.
The new Tonale crossover for Alfa Romeo will not appear anytime soon. The concept of a new crossover, which will be smaller than the current Stelvio, was announced about two years ago and was expected to hit the Italian company’s showrooms in Europe this November. That doesn’t seem to be the case, as Automotive News reports that the company’s new CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato, wants to boost the performance of the PHEV powertrain the crossover will receive.
Mr Imparato took over as head of Alfa following the merger of the FCA and PSA concerns and reportedly saw the Alfa Romeo Tonale for the first time only in January.
According to “a source familiar with the matter,” he demanded performance improvements from the car’s plug-in hybrid engine, which would lead to some modifications to the latter’s design. Some vendor sources said the changes would delay Tonale’s launch by about three months.
Alfa’s new crossover will be based on the same platform that the current Jeep Compass is built on. The updated version of this model received a plug-in hybrid powertrain, available in two power options 190 and 240 hp. The system uses a 1.3-liter turbo engine powered by a 60 hp electric motor. on the rear axle. The range in all-electric mode is 49 kilometers on a single charge of the 11.4-kilowatt battery.
As chief executive of French Peugeot prior to joining Alfa, Mr Imparato knows that a compact Italian crossover can offer even better performance. The Peugeot 3008 PHEV combines a larger 1.6-liter engine and two electric motors for a total output of 300 hp. The crossover also has a slightly larger 13.2 kWh battery, which will have enough energy to travel 59 km on a single charge.
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