Usually, we explore concept vehicles launched numerous many years in the past, however for this installment we felt the want to speak approximately an automobile that was unveiled earlier this year on the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – the Alfa Romeo Tonale.
The first Alfa Romeo with a hybrid powertrain is (at the least for now) just a layout study, even though we all realize it’s a sign of things to come from the Italian emblem.
According to Alexandros Liokis, Lead Exterior Designer, Alfa Romeo’s aim turned into to create a pure, clean and sculpted design for the Tonale, which usually isn’t the case with a maximum of the motors in the small SUV section.
As you could see from the reliable layout sketches, the team at Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, headed by way of Scott Krugger, drew suggestion from the wealthy history of the emblem, incorporating several design factors from beyond models, but in a modern-day way.
Considering the illustrious past of the Alfa emblem, the designers have been able to select from the works of the greatest design studios inside the records of the auto, which include Italdesign Giugiaro, Bertone, Pininfarina, and Touring Superleggera.
The front stop of the Tonale is characterized by using the monographic – a single form surrounding the grille and the headlights – which continues the culture of Giorgetto Giugiaro’s GT Junior (1965) and Alfetta GTV 2.0 (1980), also found in Marcello Gandini’s Montreal (1970).
The 3 element headlights are an evolution of the ones at the Alfa Romeo SZ (1989) by Zagato and the Alfa Romeo Brera (2002) through Italdesign Giugiaro. Thanks to the downward slope in their edges and the ahead stance of the bonnet line, the cease end result is one of the maximum competitive faces we have ever visible on an Alfa Romeo. The 1/3 a part of the famous ‘trilobo’, that are the air intakes, undergo a clean resemblance to the bigger Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio (2016).
The grille of the Tonale is known as the ‘scudetto flotante’ because it’s miles putting from the front edge of the bonnet without being connected to any frame-colored parts at the lower a part of the front bumper.
At the profile, the sculpted bodywork offers the Tonale an athletic and muscular look, complemented by way of the huge diameter wheels. The GT Line, inspired with the aid of the Alfa Romeo GT Junior (1965) drops barely toward the back, making the rear give up look lighter and sexier.
The 2nd individual line, and the quantity above it which surrounds the whole vehicle like a flying saucer, is reminiscent of the Alfa Romeo 1900 C52 Disco Volante (1952) by means of Carrozzeria Touring, and the Spider 1600 Duetto (1966) through Pininfarina. The headlights and the tail-lighting sit down on its front and rear edges, and both bumpers tilt inwards improving the lightness of the general design.
The DLO (daylight beginning) is a connection with the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione (2007) with chrome surroundings and almost invisible black pillars merging with the tinted windows. Just like a maximum of the Alfa Romeo fashions when you consider that Walter De Silva’s 156 (1996), the rear door handles are hidden for a cleaner appearance. Behind them, is a sparkling snake emblem, converted to look like a plug as a nod to the automobile’s electrified powertrain.
The spherical elements within the wheels of Alfa Romeo had been first delivered in the lovely Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale (1967), progressively evolving to the ‘phone dial wheel’. The Tonale concept sits on 21-inch rims proposing a contemporary interpretation of this layout, shod in custom Pirelli tires.
Moving over at the returned, the v-shaped photo of the rear window is inspired via the 8C 2900B (1937), just like the Brera (2002). The said shoulders, the rear wing, and the huge oval tailpipes continue the sporty themed look of the Tonale.