BOX 5, Westhoven, 2142
THE MODEL IN BRIEF
DESIGN: TRUE TO THE CONCEPT CAR, ITALIAN AND UNMISTAKABLY ALFA ROMEO
The definitive design of the Tonale is extraordinarily faithful to the concept car from which it draws its origins, courtesy of the remarkable work done at the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo.
Intended for a young, metropolitan and dynamic customer, the Alfa Romeo Tonale offers a sensual and forward-looking design, including distinctive points of reference in the development of the Alfa Romeo line-up: 5-hole wheel rims, the cluster in the “telescopic” instrument panel, the 3-spoke sports steering wheel, and the sine-curve headlights. Its compact dimensions – a length of 4.53 meters, width of 1.84 m and height of 1.6 m – encompass the uniqueness of Italian design and Alfa Romeo style, blending a prestigious heritage while looking forward to the future.
Subtle features make Tonale distinctively Alfa Romeo, including the “GT Line” that runs from the rear to the headlights, recalling the forms of the Giulia GT along with full and elegant volumes, reminiscent of iconic models such as the 8C Competizione. The front features the inimitable “Trilobo” and the distinctive Alfa Romeo “Scudetto” shield, which acts as a central focus.
The “3+3” headlights with new Full-LED Adaptive Matrix evoke the proud look of the SZ Zagato or the Proteo concept car. Developed in conjunction with Marelli, the three modules make up a unique frontline for the car and simultaneously provide daylight, dynamic turn signals, and a “Welcome and Goodbye” feature (activated every time the driver turns the car on or off), to ensure the best lighting conditions. “Adaptive Driving Beam” constantly adjusts the dipped headlights according to speed and specific driving conditions while “Glare-Free High Beam Segmented Technology” automatically detects traffic in front and/or traveling in the opposite direction to avoid glare from other cars. A third module, automatically activates when turning corners to ensure the best lateral lighting. These technologies offer greater efficiency – in terms of durability and energy saving with twice the light intensity of conventional halogen lamps and lower emissions – and improved safety, with less eye strain and better driving comfort.
The taillights take on the same design cues as the headlights and form a sine curve that fully wraps around the rear of the car, making it a truly unique and distinctive light signature.
The car’s sensuality and dynamism are also clear in the all-encompassing rear window, a tribute to the 8C Competizione, and in the design of the alloy wheels paying homage to Alfa Romeo’s “telephone dial” rims.
Inspired by Alfa Romeo’s racing history, the interior is strongly focused on the driver, with easy access to all controls for a safe, unparalleled driving experience. The same care is reserved for the passengers, who are given the ideal space to travel in comfort. This results in an environment designed for and around the occupants, characterised by meticulous attention to detail paired with a constant quest for the highest quality.
The Tonale’s interior arouses real emotions, not to mention the latest technology, ensuring a connected and comfortable experience, while maintaining the pleasure of a sporty drive that always remains in the lead.
SOFTWARE AND CONNECTIVITY ENHANCE THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE
As standard, Tonale comes with a built-in and all-new infotainment system, including a fully digital 12.3” screen, the main 10.25” touchscreen unit, and a smooth, sophisticated multitasking interface, keeping everything at a glance without distracting your attention from the road. Totaling 22.5”, the two large Full TFT screens are best-in-class in the segment.
Technology is also at the service of safety and comfort: level 2 autonomous driving, with new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that act in line with the Alfa Romeo philosophy. Here again, the software is at the service of the brand’s DNA, with the focus remaining on the driver. All the systems therefore work without ever interfering with the driver’s experience, where control and the emotions of driving remain intact.
These include “Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control” (IACC), “Lane Centering” (LC) and “Traffic Jam Assist” – which automatically adjust speed and trajectory, keeping the car in the middle of the lane and at a distance from the vehicle in front, thus ensuring safety and comfort. The Tonale is also equipped with other innovative devices and technologies that perfect the interaction between driver, vehicle and road: from “Autonomous Emergency Braking” to alert the driver of danger and engage the brakes to avoid or mitigate any collision with a pedestrian or cyclist; to “Drowsy Driver Detection” that warns the driver if they become drowsy; from “Blind Spot Detection”, which detects rear blind spots and signals any approaching vehicles to avoid collision, to “Rear Cross Path Detection”, for warnings of vehicles approaching on the sides when reversing, all the way to the high-resolution 360° camera with dynamic grid.
STATE-OF-THE-ART ELECTRIFICATION WITH SOLUTIONS DESIGNED TO ENHANCE THE BRAND’S DNA
For the Brand, Tonale marks a natural entry point into the world of electrification but, true to its daring approach, Alfa Romeo sets a paradigm: electrification must serve the Brand and its DNA, with the mission of reinventing sportiness for the 21st century.
A concrete commitment to a future oriented sustainable mobility, while remaining faithful to its founding values.
The Tonale debuts the 118kW Hybrid VGT (Variable-Geometry Turbo) engine exclusively for Alfa Romeo. Its 1.5-litre variable-geometry turbocharged internal combustion engine paired with the seven-speed Alfa Romeo TCT dual-clutch transmission combines with the 48-volt 15kW, 55Nm “P2” electric motor to allow Tonale to be driven only on electric power at low speeds and when parking and cruising.
BEST-IN-CLASS DRIVING DYNAMICS COURTESY OF DEDICATED TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS
Tonale offers class-leading driving dynamics thanks to the best weight distribution and the most direct steering in its segment (13.6). The new Alfa Romeo is also the only model in its class to be equipped with the Integrated Brake System (IBS) and to include fixed shift paddles made of aluminum. The adoption of fixed calipers by Brembo, with 4 pistons and self-ventilated discs at the front and full discs at the rear, contributes to the improved braking performance. The Tonale uses fully independent MacPherson suspension with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) shock absorbers. In short, sitting behind the wheel of the new Tonale equates to an engaging driving experience that becomes an invitation to travel, never mind the destination.
MADE IN ITALY AT POMIGLIANO, WITH ITS DEDICATED PRODUCTION LINE AND UNCOMPROMISING QUALITY
The Alfa Romeo Tonale is built at the refurbished “Giambattista Vico” Stellantis plant in Pomigliano d’Arco (Naples). One of the Group’s most advanced production sites, the revamped production line is dedicated to the new Alfa Romeo model, with a specially created, ultra modern assembly unit. Designed in 1968 by Alfa Romeo and operational since 1972, the industrial complex has produced 5 million cars to date and has won numerous international awards, including World Class Manufacturing (WCM) Silver certification and the Automotive Lean Production award for best plant in Europe in 2012, followed in 2013 by the WCM Gold Medal and the level of the same name. Last year, the plant underwent a major refurbishment to meet the challenges of the future utilising the most innovative technologies and training to build hybrid cars to the best environtmental standards.
THE MODEL IN DETAIL
TRUE TO THE CONCEPT CAR, ITALIAN AND UNMISTAKABLY ALFA ROMEO
The new Alfa Romeo Tonale is remarkably close to the sensational concept car setting new trends for distinctive Italian styling. Drawing from numerous historical references and inspirations, Centro Stile Alfa Romeo developed these important ingredients to play a major role in the continuity of the concept car’s specifications. The result is a captivating car that combines Alfa Romeo stylistic features, reinterpreted in the name of modernity, with the characteristics of Italian design.
The sides are notable for their extended curve below the waistline, named “GT Line” by Alfa Romeo designers, which runs from the rear to the headlights, giving definition to the car’s body and its “attitude” in profile. In the lower part of the sides, special modeling of the surfaces conveys sensuality and athleticism in the car’s body. All these characteristic elements are deeply rooted in the brand’s DNA. For example, the “GT Line” is a clear evocation of the simple, iconic forms of the Giulia GT, while the “modeling” of its full volumes and sensuality is inspired by the 8C Competizione and other brand icons. Although these cars are seemingly far apart in their generation and type, their influence can be easily distinguished in the Tonale.
On the front, the new “floating” shield stands out, no longer as part of the bumpers but as a distinctive element. The lower part includes two main side air intakes; together with the shield, they create what has been known for several generations as the “Trilobo”. In the upper part of the front, notable features include headlights that vindicate the concept of “3+3”, another result of the reworking of iconic models such as the SZ Zagato and the Proteo concept car. The 3D geometry of the lights can easily be interpreted as the direct outward extension of the shield. The same concept is emphasised by the sequence of the headlamps as a “welcome light” and when using the turn signals.
The light unit is once again the star of the rear. It reworks the proposal made in the concept car, in a kind of sine curve that passes from side to side of the rear and becomes the unequivocal “light signature” of the Tonale. The rear window’s roundness and now classic fold in the lower centerline characterise the car’s upper rear volume, in a sporty yet elegant way. There are also multiple references here: looking at the upper part – where the daylight opening (DLO), the edges of the side windows and the top of the rear window meet – immediately evokes iconic cars like the 8C Competizione. The “teledial” alloy wheels is the reworking of the perforated “telephone dial” theme, the result of an evolution that began in the 1960s with iconic cars like the 33 Stradale. Over time, the perforations have gradually got bigger, not least to adapt to technical solutions and concepts, but also for brake cooling, lightness and resistance. Such a beautiful outfit also needs great shoes, so the Tonale’s alloy wheels – available in 18”, 19” and 20” – enhance the model’s silhouette.
The Tonale’s interior design draws inspiration from Alfa Romeo’s racing history, evoking passion through dynamic and powerful forms. The lines balance harmony and effort, and there is a tangible feeling that the entire vehicle is always ready to go.
Among the most characteristic elements of the new model, the standouts are the “telescopic” instrument panel, with its clear Alfa Romeo stylistic matrix, and the compact steering wheel with a sporty shape, which ensures a precise and direct feeling from the steering. Veloce and Speciale models are also embellished by the exclusive aluminum shift paddles.
The central tunnel houses an essential Alfa Romeo feature: the new D.N.A. driving mode selector. The “driver-oriented” dashboard is characterised by the slim central air conditioning vents and distinctive turbine side vents. All this is embellished by the diamond texture theme – seen on the vents, central tunnel and handles, inspired by precision mechanical processing with laser engraving. The ergonomic seats are the perfect fit for everyday use, in a young and dynamic style resulting from the use of neoprene fabrics commonly seen in sportswear. The Tonale’s interior is therefore an extraordinary, inclusive experience, made possible by an immersive, welcoming passenger compartment ready to meet the dynamic demands of driving enthusiasts.
FOR ALFA ROMEO, SOFTWARE AND CONNECTIVITY ENHANCE THE DRIVING EXPERIENCE AND PROTECT RESIDUAL VALUE
Large display and smooth, intuitive HMI interface
As standard, the Alfa Romeo Tonale comes with a new infotainment system consisting of two large displays – totaling 22.5”, a record in the segment – and a sophisticated, smooth, and intuitive Human Machine Interface (HMI), to put all the features at your fingertips.
In the middle of the instrument panel, featuring the historical “telescopic” design, the standout is the new fully digital 12.3” TFT screen, to access all the car’s data and the settings for the autonomous driving technologies. The cluster can also be reconfigured, using three layouts: Evolved, Relax and Heritage, the latter inspired by the brand’s iconic models.
Embedded in the dashboard is an innovative 10.25” touchscreen inspired by the latest smartphones, to satisfy the tastes and needs of any customer. The system has been developed to work with widgets, graphic components designed for intuitive interaction with all the features, which can be customised via quick and easy drag and drop. Every user can create their own homepage, where each of the car’s features is an app in itself. With a simple horizontal scroll, the screens for Alfa D.N.A., radio, media, phone, satnav, aircon, connected services and ADAS can be arranged the way you want. It is up to the driver whether to use the rotary knob or touchscreen.
Sporty cockpit “tailor-made” for the driver
All you need to do is get on board to realise that the new model is focused on the driver, meeting their emotions and desire for an exhilarating driving experience. The proof lies in the driver’s seat that has been “tailored” like fabric, with the diagonal tunnel, slightly undulating dashboards and instruments facing the driver. All the controls are at your fingertips and are easily accessible, both the physical ones and the digital controls, accessed from the central display. As such, customers can enjoy an engaging driving experience free of distractions, where passion and safety coexist. This is also evidenced by the “Wireless Mirroring” function for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as standard on the Tonale.
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AT THE SERVICE OF TOP SAFETY AND COMFORT
New ADAS systems heighten the emotions of Level 2 autonomous driving
The Tonale is equipped with new Alfa Romeo Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for Level 2 autonomous driving, for automatic handling of acceleration, braking and remaining within lane while maintaining maximum driving safety and the pleasure of sitting behind the wheel.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale enables Level 2 autonomous driving by combining the forward-facing camera, which longitudinally and laterally monitors all the car’s surroundings, and the “Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control” (IACC) and “Lane Centering” (LC) systems. Specifically, the IACC system makes use of “Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control”, which automatically adjusts the car’s speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicles in front, and the “Traffic Sign Recognition” and “Intelligent Speed Control” systems. The former uses the on-board camera to recognise traffic signs, reports them on the display, and alerts the driver of the current speed limit. The latter suggests the driver reduce their speed to the limit detected. If the driver accepts, the cruise control settings are automatically adjusted. Conversely, the LC system controls the sideways movement of the car to keep the vehicle in the center of the lane, even in heavy traffic conditions.
Innovative systems at the service of safety
The new Alfa Romeo Tonale comes with active and passive safety features, suitable for everyday driving needs. As well as front, side and curtain airbags, innovative devices and technologies that perfect the interaction between the driver, the vehicle and the road come as standard across the range. Examples include “Autonomous Emergency Braking with Vulnerable Road Users” to alert the driver of danger and bring the vehicle to a complete stop to avoid or mitigate a collision with and recognise the presence of a pedestrian or cyclist; and “Drowsy Driver Detection”, which checks the vehicle’s movements to detect any driver fatigue. Once a certain threshold has been exceeded, the system emits beeps and/or visual warnings, recommending the driver stop for a break. The Tonale’s features are enhanced by “Rear Seat Reminder Alert”, to detect an item placed on the rear seat through the tailgate. When the car is turned off, the device alerts and reminds the driver that the item is there. Optional extras include “Blind Spot Detection”, which monitors rear blind spots and reports any approaching vehicles; “Rear Cross Path Detection”, for notifications of vehicles approaching on the sides when reversing; and “360° View Camera”, offering an all-round view of the car’s surroundings on the 10.25” digital touchscreen with dynamic grid. Four high-definition cameras positioned on the front grille, rearview mirrors and tailgate.
Comfort and well-being on board, to be shared
While the passenger compartment offers the right space for passengers, the front ensures a complete feeling of control and domination of the road, made possible most of all by the high driving position that does not detract from the driving pleasure typical of a sporty Alfa Romeo car. It also guarantees well-being for everyone on board, with its dual-zone air conditioning, sophisticated infotainment system, and the options of ventilated and heated front seats, and a 14-speaker sound system by Harman Kardon. The Alfa Romeo Tonale is one of the few models in its class to offer the “Semi-Automatic Parking” system as an option, which indicates the space available to park in and completes the car’s entry and exit maneuvers itself. Again, in the name of maximum comfort, the new model includes an electric tailgate and a wireless charging pad in front of the gear lever to place and charge your smartphone in total safety and comfort. In short, the Tonale is aimed at fans of the tangible pleasure of Italian conviviality, comfort and taste.
The advancement of driving modes, managed in the Alfa D.N.A. system
From its debuts in the Giulietta, Mito and 4C, via its development in the Giulia and Stelvio, Alfa Romeo’s D.N.A system is offered in its most advanced form in the Tonale. The driving mode selector has specific functions related to the electric powertrain in Tonale. “Dynamic” mode is designed with a specific calibration of the accelerator pedal, ensuring more effective braking and more direct steering wheel response. “Natural” mode continues to maintain the best performance and automatically manages the compromise between the use of the electric motor and the internal combustion engine. In everyday use, energy savings and consumption are not therefore at the expense of performance. “Advance Efficiency” mode is calibrated for maximum energy efficiency in the Hybrid Alfa.
WITH SOLUTIONS DESIGNED TO ENHANCE THE BRAND’S DNA
The 118kW Hybrid VGT (Variable-Geometry Turbo) engine makes its exclusive debut in the Tonale. This version is equipped with front-wheel drive and a new hybrid technology. Its variable-geometry turbocharger paired with seven-speed Alfa Romeo TCT dual-clutch transmission and the 48-volt 15-kW, 55-Nm “P2” electric motor makes it possible for the 1.5-litre petrol engine to propel the wheels even when the internal combustion engine is turned off to offer an authentic electrified experience. The transmission enables startup and travel in electric mode at low speeds and when parking and cruising, ensuring the typical performance of a petrol engine but with consumption (petrol + electric) comparable to a diesel engine’s, with an extremely linear power delivery and consistent acceleration.
All the specifications of the Hybrid version
The new four-cylinder turbocharged engine has been designed to be the best fit for hybrid use allowing improvements in fuel economy. Its specifications include the fact it operates on the Miller cycle; it has a high compression ratio (12.5:1); a new cylinder head with compact combustion chamber; dual variable valve timing; and special ‘high-tumble’ intake ducts. It also features the all-new high-pressure direct injection system, operating at up to 350 bar.
Designed exclusively for Alfa Romeo, the 118kW engine uses a new variable-geometry turbocharger, capable of combining great responsiveness at lower speeds and high power for a sportier drive, all while maintaining a high level of efficiency.
A belt starter generator is also installed to guarantee fast and silent transitions when restarting. The Intelligent Brake System optimises the ‘auto-charge’ feature; it uses mixed regenerative braking to maximise the recovery of kinetic energy during deceleration, to improve efficiency.
This new hybrid technology means Alfa Romeo Tonale can provide customers with an authentic ‘hybrid experience’ in the name of top performance and high efficiency. The pairing of the new 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor provides an extra boost to optimise responsiveness. The driving experience also becomes genuinely versatile and relaxing, given the various features available, including:
The new Tonale can run in various driving scenarios using only the electric motor (therefore with the gasoline engine turned off). This is made possible by the wide range of EV capabilities, which include:
EV capabilities are available depending on battery charge status and the output required.
BEST-IN-CLASS DRIVING DYNAMICS
AN AUTHENTIC ALFA ROMEO
Perfect weight distribution
One of the primary objectives behind the design of the Alfa Romeo Tonale was to achieve maximum driving pleasure. One element that contributed to this goal was the perfect weight distribution between the two axles – specific to the Alfa Romeo tradition of construction. This required special management of mass and materials, which was done both by working on the car’s layout and by placing all the heavier components as centrally as possible. Specifically, the front-wheel drive Tonale uses the excellent balance of masses to optimise torque delivery on the ground and handling on corners.
The most direct steering in the segment and exclusive aluminum shift paddles
In any situation and at any speed, driving the Tonale C-SUV is always natural and instinctive, partly down to the most direct steering ratio in the segment (13.6). The steering feeling – as precise and direct as can be expected from an Alfa Romeo – is emphasised by the adoption of the geometry in the independent front suspension. Rebound is reduced in the most genuine way, limiting the application of software filtering and optimising control of front wheel steering. The sportiness is further enhanced by the aluminum shift paddles on Veloce and Speciale models: a hallmark of the brand and unique in this class.
Integrated Brake System (IBS)
The new Alfa Romeo Tonale adopts the Integrated Brake System (IBS), an innovative electromechanical system that combines stability control with conventional servo brakes. The integration between electronics and mechanics, significant weight optimisation, optimal feeling and the total absence of pedal vibrations guarantee the system an instantaneous brake response. The adoption of fixed calipers by Brembo, with four pistons and self-ventilated discs at the front and full discs at the rear, contributes to the improved braking performance.
“Dual Stage Valve” electronic suspension
On Veloce models, the “DualStage Valve” electronic suspension provides a choice between performance and comfort. Developed in conjunction with Marelli – a historical technology partner of Alfa Romeo – the electronic shock absorbers feature a special electroactuated valve within the shock absorber that provides independent damping curves. Two modes are available, Comfort and Sport. The former is the preset calibration in the D.N.A. Advanced Efficiency and Normal selections, to ensure the smoothest performance on uneven roads. Conversely, Sport mode predominates in the D.N.A. Dynamic and ESC Off selections, which reduces body movements and increases vertical rigidity, aimed at improved vehicle dynamics on corners. Finally, by pressing the dedicated button on the DNA selector, the calibration of Dynamic mode can be activated or deactivated.
Alfa Romeo electronic self-locking differential
Alfa Romeo’s electronic self-locking differential comes as standard on Tonale to guarantee perfect traction for a smooth driving experience, emphasising the agility and sporty character of this car, with a further positive impact in terms of safety. Built into the DNA selector, the system exploits the effect of the braking system by simulating a limited mechanical differential. Combined with the MacPherson front suspension, it ensures sporty and effective driving dynamics by controlling vehicle stability and by redirecting the power to the wheels when accelerating on corners. The system also provides improved control on slippery surfaces, as well as greatly reducing understeer, transferring torque from the inner to the outer wheel, so as to ensure longitudinal acceleration and consequently better road holding.
Independent MacPherson suspension with Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology
The suspension design, suitably customised for Alfa Romeo’s DNA, provides for a MacPherson-type architecture. Specifically, the geometry on the front axle is optimised for rapid and precise changes of direction, emphasising the steering feeling typical of Alfa Romeo. This reduces steering distortion, limiting the application of software filtering and optimising control of front wheel steering. In the rear, the exclusive three-arm geometry ensures rapid response when engaging and the highest level of lateral acceleration on corners. Last but not least, the Tonale’s suspension uses Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) technology – developed in collaboration with Koni, a historical technology partner of Alfa Romeo – to improve performance by ensuring perfect road holding and simultaneously improving comfort in all driving conditions.
|MODEL||Alfa Romeo Tonale Ti 1.5L FWD 7AT||Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce 1.5 FWD 7AT||Alfa Romeo Tonale Speciale 1.5 FWD 7AT|
|MSRP (incl. VAT)||R739, 900.00||R819, 900.00||R799,900.00|
|WARRANTY||5 Year / 100 000 kM||5 Year / 100 000 kM||5 Year / 100 000 kM|
|MAINTENANCE||5 Year / 100 000 kM||5 Year / 100 000 kM||5 Year / 100 000 kM|