Stellantis introduces the electrified SUV Alfa Romeo Tonale

©Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Alfa Romeo logo is pictured at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S. on November 20, 2019. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

MILAN (Reuters) – Stellantis on Tuesday unveiled its new compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) Alfa Romeo Tonale, which aims to expand into the premium market and add electrified and connected vehicles to its offering.

The world's fourth-largest automaker plans to spend over €30 billion ($34.2 billion) by 2025 to electrify its vehicle lineup and improve its software content to catch up with rivals including Tesla (NASDAQ:).

The new Tonale, which will be built at the Italian plant Pomigliano near Naples, is Alfa Romeo's first electrified model and will initially be available as a mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid version with an all-electric range of up to 80 kilometers and as a Diesel offered engine model.

Retail prices are expected to be announced later this year, before orders open in April.

It includes built-in Amazon (NASDAQ:) Alexa voice assistant capabilities. Owners can choose their car as the delivery location, allowing couriers to safely open the doors and leave a package in the vehicle.

Some analysts say the Alfa Romeo brand could be part of Stellantis' strategy in China, the world's largest auto market, where it has lagged behind most of its peers.

Brand boss Jean-Philippe Imparato has promised a new model release for Alfa Romeo every year until 2026, starting with the 2022 Tonale. This is said to include a smaller SUV, which is expected to be built in Poland.

From 2027, all new Alfa Romeo vehicles will be electric, he said.

Founded last year through the merger of Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot (OTC:) maker PSA, Stellantis is home to 14 brands, including best-selling premium Jeep, DS and Lancia and luxury Maserati.

The new Alfa Romeo Tonale is based on a former Fiat Chrysler architecture, while the first Stellantis models, built on a new common platform, are expected from next year. ($1 = 0.8767 euros)

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