3 Things About the 2021 Alfa Romeo Tonale Everyone in Auto Mechanic School Should Know

As far as luxury hybrid crossovers go, you can hardly get better than this. The 2021 Alfa Romeo Tonale looks to be a subcompact crossover SUV blending a mix of style, elegance, and electric capabilities. 

After making its debut as a concept vehicle last year at the Geneva International Motor Show, full details regarding this model are not yet known, but what we do know is incredibly exciting — on the inside and out.

While it is not expected to hit the market until later this year at the earliest (and possibly during 2021), this is a car with plenty of pizzazz and sophistication, enough to compete with other luxury crossover SUVs like the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3. Here are three things you should know about the 2021 Alfa Romeo Tonale.

The Tonale’s Exterior Features are Selling Points By Themselves

Alfa Romeo is a manufacturer with a penchant for sleek, refined exterior details, and the forthcoming Tonale looks to keep that legacy alive. The first-ever subcompact hybrid crossover — and first hybrid car, period — in the Italian automaker’s history, the vehicle comes equipped with a curved shape, a slick V-shaped grille, and a pristine all-red auto body. 

Its thin, rectangular headlight design also helps its exterior stand out, and it wouldn’t be complete without Alfa Romeo’s iconic red cross and snake/dragon logo emblazoned out front below its hood. This may be all we know so far about the Tonale’s exterior, but it implies that drivers will be getting a very aesthetically pleasing ride.

The Tonale’s red auto body is one of its more striking features

The Tonale Also Boasts a Powerful Engine and Performance Capacity

Any student in automotive school will be fascinated by the Tonale’s capabilities with regards to performance. It is expected to contain a turbo four-cylinder internal combustion engine, a Small Wide chassis, and a hybrid powertrain, while being primarily built around front-wheel drive. 

An electric motor located in the car’s rear is also expected to be featured, at least, in its plug-in hybrid variant. The Dynamic mode found in the DNA driving systems of previous Alfa Romeo models has also been replaced in favour of a Dual Power mode. 

Although we don’t yet know other significant details about its performance (particularly its fuel economy), rumours state that its horsepower rating could be up to 340 hp in its plug-in hybrid engine.

The vehicle also comes equipped with a hybrid powertrain

Other Details for Automotive School Students to Know About

Auto mechanic school students will also likely be enticed by the Tonale’s interior features. For example, it is expected to include circular air vents, a 10.3” touchscreen, a 12.3” digital gauge cluster, and an infotainment system full of Alfa-branded apps and content. The Tonale is expected to have a similar platform to the Jeep Compass. 

Furthermore, sources from Italy suggest that the Tonale may also be available in the future in a sportier form known as the Tonale Veloce, which could come equipped with all-wheel drive and a 2.0 L mild hybrid engine. With close to a billion euros (about $1.5 billion CAD) invested into the project, the Alfa Romeo Tonale looks like it will pack quite a punch once it finally sees the light of day.

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