The Alfa Romeo Tonale is the Italian brand's first electrified model and first premium C-SUV. The Alfa Romeo Tonale's proportions and reflections are much sexier than in press photos.

Full-LED headlights and taillights are thicker, the front overhang is longer, and the rear doors extend higher for smoother ingress/egress. Frameless windows, mirror-replacing cameras, and flush door handles were gone.

Despite having plenty of similarities in Alfa Romeo cars from the past, such as the Giulia GT, the Disco Volante, and the SZ, the SUV has its own character while retaining the brand's style.

Super, Sprint, TI, Veloce, and Speciale are Tonale trim levels. All of them come with considerable basic equipment, but the Speciale is the one depicted. This variant has 20-inch wheels that mimic the concept car's.

Large wheels flatter the SUV's looks, with the 18-inchers of the base-spec Super looking small and the 19-inchers of the TI and Veloce bridging the gap. 

The Super and Sprint feature LED headlights with simpler artwork, while the Veloce and Speciale have black highlights on the scudetto grille.

The design and materials are a huge step up from the discontinued Giulietta and more like the Giulia and Stelvio. While it's not a class-leading product in premium feel and interior design, the effort to match established rivals is noteworthy.

Alfa Romeo chose driver-centric simplicity over larger screens. The 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is called Cannocchialle and has stunning graphics. 

Alfa Romeo added physical climate controls underneath the vents. The three-spoke steering wheel and DNA driving mode selector are from the Giulia/Stelvio. The Tonale's horizontal strip of ambient lighting looks nicer in the dark but isn't as futuristic as we'd like.

High-end Speciale's leather and Alcantara upholstery add a sporty touch. Level 2 ADAS is standard across the Alfa Romeo range.

The Tonale, a 178.4-inch (4,530-mm) C-SUV, is practical. Rear passengers enjoy enough knee room, headroom, little door pockets, climate vents, and USB outlets. There's also a flat center seat if the other two are big enough.

In mild-hybrid variants, the boot was big, with a stated 500 lt (17.7 cubic feet), 5 lt (0.2 cu ft) more than the Mercedes GLA, but 30 lt (1 cu ft) less than the Audi Q3 and 40 lt (1.4 cu ft) less than the BMW X1.

Engineers tried to differentiate it from its sibling by adding the Giorgio platform's brake-by-wire system with Brembo calipers, wider tracks, quicker steering, and new independent suspension with Koni FSD dampers or a more complex active suspension. 

Besides the 1.6-liter turbodiesel with 128 horsepower (95 kW / 130 PS) that will likely be withdrawn in a couple of years and the US-only turbo 2.0-liter petrol with 256 hp (190 kW / 259 PS), the Tonale has an electrified range. 

The 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engine has 128 hp (96 kW / 130 PS) or 158 hp (118 kW / 160 PS), with a 48V mild hybrid system adding 20 hp (15 kW / 20 PS). The more powerful version has the Alfa-specific Variable Geometry Turbo, and all Tonale variants are auto-only.

The flagship Q4 plug-in hybrid is the only all-wheel-drive model. The system has a turbocharged 1.3-liter petrol engine and a rear-mounted electric motor that produce 272 horsepower (203 kW / 275 PS). 

The larger 15.5 kWh battery delivers 37 miles (60 km) of EV range. Alfa Romeo is apparently working on a more powerful Quadrifoglio variation of the Tonale and a fully electric version of the SUV.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale is priced competitively, but the Italian automaker hasn't announced the price of the PHEV variant due in the coming months. In Greece, the entry-level Super costs €37,300 while the Speciale costs €47,000. In Italy, the debut version was €39,000 ($39,253) and well-equipped.