Alfa Romeo has whipped the covers off its fresh-faced Tonale concept at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, previewing a new compact SUV from the Italian brand.

Billed as its first plug-in hybrid as well as its first compact SUV (thus set to slot in neatly below the Stelvio), the Tonale concept shows off what Alfa Romeo describes as the brand's “unmistakable, original and modern style”.

While the automaker has not shared specific details around plans for the production model’s powertrain, it does confirm the plug-in hybrid system will offer a full electric mode.

The concept rides on 21-inch lightweight alloys (which Alfa fans will no doubt have noticed were inspired by those worn by the 33 Stradale), while its front end sports a lighting arrangement that harks back to that employed by the Brera.

Alfa Romeo promises the Tonale’s cabin will be “very driver oriented, but not egoistic”, boasting a “contrast of rich materials” including aluminium, leather and Alcantara. There’s also a 12,3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10,25-inch touchscreen sited in the centre of the facia.

And the origins of the new moniker? Well, like the Stelvio, the Tonale is named after a mountain pass in northern Italy…