Surely, this is the most complicated vehicle that Alfa Romeo has ever produced. Not only because it’s firing into the heart of the car market—read: mid-size crossovers—but that it’s only available as a hybrid, with three different powertrains…and in several unique configurations.
It must look and perform like an Alfa Romeo, but in such a competitive segment, reliability will also need to be fitted as standard equipment.
This article is only scratching the surface for this all-new vehicle—full press release and specifications are included at the bottom.
powertrains (rest of the world)
- ‘Hybrid’ front-wheel drive models: 130 or 160-horsepower four-cylinder 1.5-litre engine; 7-speed dual-clutch transmission; 48-volt 15-kW electric motor
- ‘Q4’ all-wheel-drive models: 275 horsepower plug-in hybrid 3-cylinder; up to 80 km electric-only range
powertrains (North America)
- 256 horsepower gasoline turbocharged 4-cylinder engine; 9-speed automatic, standard all-wheel-drive
- 272 horsepower plug-in hybrid (similar to the Q4 elsewhere); 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, six-speed automatic, a 90 kW (~150 hp) rear-axle electric motor and a 15.5-kWh battery pack.
interior & trims
- telescopic instrument panel, aluminium shift paddles
- Alfa Romeo ‘D.N.A.’ driving mode selector (Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency)
- multicolor backlights for interior and dashboard
- two large screens, one for instruments and the other, infotainment and climate
- Alcantara and neoprene interior trim (vegan leather available)
- Super (base model) and Ti (upgrade); Super + Sprint option pack or Ti + Veloce option pack are also available
hybrid driving modes for the Tonale
- e-Creeping: uses the electric motor to provide the start-up normally available in vehicles with automatic transmission, at a speed that can vary from zero mph to the equivalent of the petrol engine idling in first gear, or in reverse
- e-Launch: to start the vehicle using only the electric motor
- e-Queueing: for the car to keep going in a traffic jam, in a stop & go pattern
- e-Parking: to simplify parking maneuvers, making them practical and quiet
- choice of 17, 18, 19 and 20-inch alloy wheels
- ‘Q4’ plug-in hybrid: zero to 62mph in 6.2 seconds
- ‘Q4’ plug-in hybrid: full charge takes 2.5 hours when using a 7.4kW fast charger
What are your initial impressions of the Alfa Romeo Tonale? Perfect size, options, and blend of performance…or do you think it’s a tough sell?