Alfa Romeo Tonale debuted in USA as powerful new EV in 2023

After a long delay, the long-awaited Alfa Romeo Tonale is finally here. This is the brand’s first electrified model. The US launch of the new Alfa Romeo is well underway. Here’s everything we know about the Alfa Romeo Tonale and the Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV.

Exterior of Alfa Romeo Tonale

At the front, the Tonale features the iconic ‘Trilobo’ grille, the distinctive Alfa Romeo ‘Scudetto’ shield and aggressive full LED matrix headlights in a ‘3+3’ design. The Tonale features pronounced wheel arches, flared fenders, a sleek greenhouse and sturdy lateral shoulders. In addition, the Tonale is fitted with low-profile tires with characteristic Alfa Romeo rims. At the rear, the taillights take the slim design features of the headlights and form a sinusoidal curve that covers almost the entire width of the vehicle. According to Alfa Romeo, the all-out rear his windows are a tribute to his 8C Competizione.

Alfa Romeo has unveiled a plug-in hybrid variant of the Tonale, but hasn’t revealed it yet. On August 28, 2022, professional spy photographer Walter Vayr (Gabetz Spy Unit) released an image (see on Facebook) of a prototype of its Italian license plate being tested on public roads. Spy images showed that the only cosmetic difference to its regular Tonale was the presence of a cargo hatch in the rear left wing. The company is likely that it will complete the development of the Tonale PHEV.

Interior of Alfa Romeo Tonale

The Tonale’s interior is traditional and sporty, without overdoing the minimalism favored by traditional performance enthusiasts. Straddling the middle ground between massive and sophisticated design, the dashboard features a sporty design pattern integrated into the sophisticated passenger side area. The compact steering wheel is flat at the bottom, behind which he has two large shift paddles.

In-cabin technology highlights include a 12.3-inch full digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Both are Android powered and part of Uconnect 5. The infotainment system includes 4G connectivity, OTA updates, wireless Apple CarPlay, and wireless Android Auto.

Specification of Alfa Romeo Tonale

The Alfa Romeo Tonale rides on the same platform as the Jeep Compass and the new Global Jeep Commander, in what Stellantis calls a “small wide 4×4 architecture.” It is 178.3 inches long, longer than the compass (173.4 inches), and 72.4 inches wide and 63.0 inches high, respectively.

Alfa Romeo will launch the Tonale in the US in petrol and plug-in hybrid variants. The non-electrified version uses a 256 hp, 295 lb.-ft, 2.0 liter turbocharged engine. of torque. A 9-speed automatic transmission and his AWD system transfer power to the wheels.

Specifications of Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV

The Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV borrows the Compass 4xe’s plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, with a 1.3-liter multi-air turbocharged petrol engine working in tandem with an electric motor that powers the rear axle. A petrol engine combined with a 6-speed automatic transmission produces 180 horsepower and drives the front wheels. The electric motor driving the rear wheels produces 90 kW (121 hp) of power, stored in a larger (compared to the Compass 4xe’s 11.4 kWh) 15.5 kWh battery pack. In effect, the Tonale PHEV will be an e-AWD model.

A DNA switch allows you to control the power supplied to the wheels. In dynamic mode, the engine and electric motor deliver maximum power. Then comes Natural mode for normal or relaxed driving. Finally, an enhanced efficiency mode enables pure electric driving, allowing the Tonale PHEV to drive quietly for over 30 miles. However, this is not the EPA’s estimated number. The Tonale PHEV sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6 seconds.

Features and tirms of the Alfa Romeo Tonale

The Alfa Romeo Tonale will be available in the US in the base ‘Super’ trim, the premium ‘Ti’ trim and the sporty ‘Veloce’ trim. We’ll have to know more about the features included in these fairings closer to launch. Alfa Romeo confirms the following features as part of the standard equipment:

  • 12.3″ Full Digital Instrument Cluster
  • 10.25″ Touchscreen Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay Wireless and Android Auto Wireless
  • Smartphone Wireless Charger
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)
  • Intelligent Speed ​​Assist (
  • Blind Spot
  • Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Driver Attention Assist and Rear Seat Reminder
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Warning (LKA)

Alfa Romeo also confirmed at the US Tonale that it will offer Level 2 automated driving with Traffic Jam Assist (TJA). TJA automatically adjusts speed and lane to keep the vehicle centered in the lane and a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

Release date of the Alfa Romeo Tonale

Alfa Romeo Tonale is produced at the G.B. Vico factory in Pomigliano d’Arco (Naples), Italy. Alfa Romeo will likely unveil a plug-in hybrid variant of the Tonale later this month.

Alfa Romeo introduces the Tonale on its home market in Italy. A limited release version called Edizione Speciale (Special Edition) sells for €39,000 ($38,962). The Tonale Special Edition features a 130PS (128PS) 1.5-litre mild hybrid powertrain, although a 160PS (158PS) version will also be available in due course. Customers wishing to purchase the latter can register their interest in advance.

Alfa Romeo has confirmed that it will begin selling the Tonale in the United States in early 2023. Larry Dominic, senior vice president and head of Alfa Romeo and Fiat North America, told Andre of TLFNow that the company has both gasoline and gasoline hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) for the U.S. market. The latter, with its impressive specs, is also considered the performance version of the Tonale.

So from a pricing point of view (for the U.S.), we’re still finalizing the pricing, we’ll announce that over the next couple of months. From the availability point of view, we’re going to launch this vehicle in production in Q4 2022, and the first vehicles will be arriving end of the year and we’ll start selling them in Q1 of 2023.”

Larry Dominique  said

Competitors of the Alfa Romeo Tonale

Internationally, the Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV will compete with the Mercedes GLA 250 e, TFSI e/Audi Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e, the Audi Q3 45  and the BMW X1 xDrive25e.

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