The Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept has been recognized as a recipient of Auto&Design’s Car Design Award in the Concept car category. Alfa Romeo’s futuristic SUV concept, the Tonale concept embodies all the brand’s trademark language of beauty: it is a compact SUV for urban use with a sporty personality.
Alfa Romeo cars are always created with an unquestionable Italian flair and impeccable passion. This concept car is inspired by the beauty and nuances of the human form, as well as the movement of light which that recalls pure lines and volumes.
The front-end depicts Alfa Romeo’s most recognizable key signatures: the trademark trefoil with the Alfa shield and “3 plus 3” light clusters which evoke the proud look of SZ and Brera. On the side, the full and elegant volumes typical of cars of only apparently distant generation and type wink to qualities reminiscent of the fascinating pure forms of the Duetto or the Disco Volante Spider, while the “Linea GT” of Tonale reinterprets the pouncing stance.
The rear of Tonale is embellished and softened by an enveloping rear window completed on the top by a suspended wing that exalts continuity with the clear sunroof. Meanwhile, the rear light clusters are more like a graphic sign than an optical lighting element, a sort of signature created directly by the hand of an artist. Then, there’s the 21-inch “teledial” wheels, paired with special Pirellis.
When it comes to the interior, the Tonale concept draws inspiration from the racing history of Alfa Romeo, evoking passion and brilliant driveability in a play of dynamic and powerful shapes. The cockpit of Tonale is boldly designed around driver but also to accommodate passengers in comfort. The style is a balance of harmony and tension conveying the feeling that the entire car is about to pounce.
In addition, the strong emotions transmitted by the interiors of Tonale are amplified by the contrast of premium materials, such as cool solidity of aluminium that meets the warm softness of leather and Alcantara. The cabin has translucent panels and a backlit central tunnel. The DNA mode selector, one of the key elements of Alfa Romeo, is perfectly at ease on the tunnel. Furthermore, the interior of Tonale offer an inclusive experience with details commonly reserved for exclusive trim levels.
Auto&Design Car Design Award, founded in 1984, is considered a prestige international competition, subdivided into three categories:”Production Cars”, “Concept Cars” and “Brand Design Language”.