The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the automaker’s first SUV, but it didn’t waste much time in preparing its second one. Alfa Romeo on Tuesday unveiled the Tonale concept, a compact SUV that previews a production version planned for some point in the near future. The look is a slight departure from the wider-eyed Stelvio, adopting some razor-thin headlights on either side of a revised version of Alfa’s triangular grille. The rear end’s lights are equally thin, evoking shades of Jaguar and Alfa Romeo. Inside, there’s a heapin’ helpin’ of tech. The gauge cluster is actually a 12.3-inch screen, while a 10.25-inch screen exists for traditional infotainment duties. The system has two new features called Alfista and Paddock. Alfista is a lifestyle-oriented environment that lets people connect with Alfa Romeo clubs for gatherings or drives, and it also offers access to Alfa Romeo news. Paddock, on the other hand, lets people browse Alfa Romeo merchandise and apparel, in addition to performance upgrades, some of which you can buy directly through the in-car app. The interior itself looks like a fancy evolution of what the automaker offers now. There’s loads of space for leather and other plush materials on the dashboard, surrounding its two screens. The steering wheel appears thinner and angrier than before, while the center console is just full of red. Being a concept, it’s still light on details. Despite being Alfa Romeo’s first plug-in hybrid, the automaker offered few specifics on what to expect — engine displacement, motor arrangement,… [Read full story]
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