The Tonale is a mid-sized plugin hybrid SUV that's due out in 2021.
ROME: It looks like Alfa Romeo.could be coming out with a sub-compact electric sport utility vehicle (eSUV).
As a first for the company, this eSUV is said to be even smaller than an Audi Q2 and will be its spearhead model to lead the way to higher sales.
The company, together with the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles alliance, is currently looking to merge with French carmaker alliance PSA Groupe (Peugeot, Citroen, DS, Opel and Vauxhall).
This is to help the Italians join the rest of the other car brands who have been pursuing electric drivetrains over the last few years.
But having said that, Alfa Romeo intends to launch the Tonale in early 2021 — a mid-sized plugin hybrid SUV that's basically a Jeep underneath its sheet metal.
Alfa Romeo's upcoming sub-compact eSUV, however, will be known as the company’s first EV and could be seen as soon as 2022 with PSA's eCMP platform used in the Peugeot e-2008 and DS3 Crossback E-Tense.
But to help set it apart from its French counterparts, the word is that it might have a little more power and range between charges than say the e-2008's 136hp with 260Nm of torque and 312k-range from the Peugeot 50kWh battery pack.
In addition, the new eSUV could also produce an artificial sound through the speakers to heighten the drive experience, but not to a degree that would make it come off as "artificial".