2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Sport Hybrid – Alfa Romeo is on the cusp of electrification. Alfa Romeo plans to unveil a battery-electric car in 2025. Until then, the company will continue to introduce hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles in its lineup. The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale is the first of these vehicles. It aims to maintain Alfa’s fun-to-drive spirit and prepare for a future filled with batteries. On Tuesday, Alfa Romeo unveiled the 2023 Tonale SUV. This compact crossover will compete with the Lincoln Corsair and Cadillac XT4 in the US. Five Tonale variants will be available globally: two gas-electric hybrids and a plug-in hybrid. There will also be a gasoline-only version.
Due to the US’s rocky relationship with types of diesel and the fact the standard Tonale hybrids (130 and 160 horsepower) are slightly underpowered for the US, we will be limited to two variants in the US. The gas-only Tonale will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 that produces 256 horsepower and 295 pound-feet. A 6-speed automatic transmission transmits power to all four wheels.
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Sport Hybrid Review
The plug-in hybrid will be the second US version. It produces a net 272 horsepower from a 1.3-liter turbo I4 that powers the front wheels and a 90 kilowatt electric motor at the back. Its 15.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery aims to provide a manufacturer-estimated range above 30 miles; however, the EPA will have the final say here. This version will also include an automatic transmission, but with 9 speeds rather than 6. This model also comes standard with all-wheel drive.
Alfa Romeo emphasized chassis improvements that would make the Tonale easier to drive. Efficiency is not everything. MacPherson-style MacPherson struts are located front and back, while adaptive dampers allow owners to have a sportier or cushier ride depending on their mood. Brembo brake calipers can help bring things to a halt, as slowing down is as important as speeding up.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale’s design is more evolution than revolution. Visually, the front end is a bit lower than its sibling, Stelvio. Alfa claims that the three-element design of the headlights, taillights, and taillights serves as a bridge between similar-kitted-out Alfa Romeos like SZ. Tonale has a smoother, more sculpted appearance. However, there is a strong shoulder line that runs the length of the car, just below the handles. Alfa’s classic rotary-telephone-dial wheels are present and accounted for, as well.
The interior of the Tonale builds on the exterior without destroying it. The binnacle with double bubble gauges is still there, but the rest have been redesigned to give the 10.3-inch touchscreen and “eating-free” look. Although the climate controls are now sleeker, the buttons are still physically based. The mode dial is now closer to the driver. A traditional gear lever remains where it usually does. Android Automotive OS is the operating system for Uconnect 5. It borrows some features from other Stellantis vehicles like pages that provide additional information about vehicle output and performance. Over-the-air updates, Amazon Alexa compatibility, and Google Assistant connectivity are all part of the telematics. These allow you to lock, unlock, or start your vehicle from the comfort of your sofa. Alfa Romeo’s Tonale has an app that provides these ancillary benefits. Wireless Apple CarPlay or Android Auto is available for those who prefer to keep their phones. The 12.3-inch digital cluster offers more flexibility, including the ability to be configured to look like an Alfa Romeo with its radial-style gauges.
Driver-oriented vehicles may not have all the safety features that the Tonale offers, but they do offer more. You can equip the Alfa with all the usual safety features, including blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, and parking sensors. The Alfa can also manage traffic jams using lane-centering assistance and a full-speed adaptive cruise controller. Both variants arriving in the US have standard all-wheel drives, but the gas-electric hybrids heading to Europe and other markets will use front-wheel drives.
This brings us to the NFT, the 500-pound gorilla in this room. Alfa Romeo won’t try to sell you a computer-generated image showing a zombie elephant wearing British crown jewels. This NFT will instead be used to keep track of vehicle service records and help improve the residual value as used cars are used. There is one caveat. This ledger only covers work done at Alfa Romeo dealerships. If you are looking for a third-party mechanic this may not apply.
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Sport Hybrid Released
The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale will be available at dealerships starting in the first quarter of 2023. However, the order books will open in the fourth quarter of 2022. Although pricing has yet to be determined, Alfa Romeo stated that the Tonale would be available in three trims: a sportier Sprint, a midrange Ti, and a more luxurious Veloce. All Tonales will come from the automaker’s Naples plant.