Coming Soon, the Alfa Romeo Tonale

“La Metamorfosi“ Begins

The Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV arrives with sporty handling, new tech and plug-in hybrid power.

Key to the Tonale is the car’s new plug-in hybrid powertrain, comprising of a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, joined by a six-speed automatic gearbox. The electrified element is made up of a 15.5kWh battery with a rear-mounted e-motor for a total output of 271bhp.

The system puts the four-wheel-drive Tonale Plug-in Hybrid Q4’s total kerbweight at around 1,900kg, and makes it the fastest variant in the line-up, with a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds. The battery takes two and a half hours to charge using a 7.4kW home wallbox, and from a full charge range of up to 37 miles.

The PHEV option will be joined by a pair of front-wheel-drive 1.5-litre turbo petrol hybrid units that use a 48-volt electronic architecture. The 130 Hybrid offers 128bhp, while the 160 Hybrid gains variable turbine geometry tech for its compressor, increasing power to 158bhp. Both engines are joined by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and feature a 20bhp/55Nm electric motor that can propel the car at low speeds.

The Tonale features MacPherson strut suspension all round, with Frequency Selective Dampers (FSDs) as standard, while adaptive dampers will be available as an option. The FSDs change their damping characteristics depending on inputs from the suspension system, and are claimed to deliver a comfortable ride when it’s wanted, while controlling body roll to boost handling for more engaging cornering.

Alfa’s traditional DNA driving mode selector also alters certain parameters, with Advanced Efficiency mode prioritising EV running in the PHEV. Natural is a balanced setting, while Dynamic primes the car’s systems for sportier driving.

The Tonale’s new interior tech marks a step forward for Alfa Romeo’s infotainment systems, featuring a configurable 12.3-inch digital dash with graphics designed to replicate Alfa’s historic instruments, joined by a 10.25-inch central touchscreen that features Amazon Alexa, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Alexa integration also offers an intuitive voice assistant, as well as a “secure delivery service” that allows owners to select their Tonale as the location for parcel drop-offs.

There are more connected services too, with the Tonale being the first car to use NFT and blockchain technology, creating a digital record of the car’s main life events, including servicing and any over-the-air software updates.

The Tonale also features Level 2 autonomous driver assistance. Adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, drowsy driver detection, blind spot and rear-cross traffic monitoring, and a 360-degree camera. And furthermore, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated seats, a Harman Kardon stereo, a powered tailgate and wireless smartphone charging feature, as does a 500-litre boot.

There will be two trim levels from launch: Super and Ti, while Sprint and Veloce option packs will be offered. Orders open for the Tonale in April, when the car will debut in high-spec Edizione Speciale trim. Prices are likely to start from around £35,000.

Information courtesy of Auto Express

We were pleased to have attended the launch of the Tonale to the UK network of dealers at the Technology centre in Coventry, and were able to take these pictures.

Pre-ordering opens in May, and the car is to be unveiled to the public at Goodwood festival in June.

The first mild hybrid demonstrators arrive in September, followed by the first Plug in Hybrids in December.

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