Alfa Romeo hasn’t had the easiest time in the marketplace in recent years. Despite the launch of the Guilia and Stelvio models, sales have struggled with such a small portfolio. The upcoming Tonale crossover is expected to be a needed boost to the brand, but Alfa Romeo’s new chief is reportedly not happy with it. His displeasure is leading to a delay.
According to Automotive News Alfa’s new boss, Jean-Philippe Imparato, isn’t happy with the Tonale’s performance. Specifically, the Tonal’s plug-in hybrid performance. Imparato has directed the team to rework the Tonale to achieve better hybrid performance.
Imparato took over Alfa Romeo following the merger of Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group. The report states he first saw the new Tonale back in January and quickly directed the team to rework it. Supplier sources have since confirmed orders for revised parts, claiming the changes could add around three months to the launch timeline. The Tonale was originally slated to launch in Europe in November, but this is now unlikely.
The Tonale is slated to be built on the same architecture as the previous Jeep Compass. That model featured a plug-in hybrid model with a 1.3-liter turbo engine paired with a 60 horsepower electric motor on the rear axle. The combination generated 190 and 240 horsepower variants and could travel around 30 miles on pure electric. Assumably, these are the figures Imparato aims to improve upon with the Tonale.
Prior to running Alfa Romeo for Stellantis, Imparato ran the Peugeot brand for PSA. Given Peugeot’s electrification push, it comes as little surprise he has loftier goals for the Alfa Romeo team. One of the reasons he was selected to run the Alfa Romeo brand was to revitalize it and optimize it as Stellantis’ premium brand.