The initial plan was to unveil the Alfa Romeo Tonale, a compact crossover the Italian brand desperately needs to help dramatically increase sales, sometime this summer. That launch has now been delayed by at least three months, an inside source informed Automotive News Europe. The reason reportedly has nothing to do with factory shutdowns or a semiconductor chip shortage, but rather because the brand’s newly installed CEO, Jean-Phillippe Imparato, was not pleased by what he saw.
Previously in charge of Peugeot, he took over Alfa Romeo earlier this year following the FCA-PSA Groupe merger to create Stellantis. The Tonale’s problem was the plug-in hybrid variant. Imparato wants performance improvements and those modifications will require additional time. Alfa Romeo declined to comment on the matter.