Tonale takes Alfa into the future

Riley Riley

The headlights might say Brera but there’s nothing old school about the rest of Alfa’s new Tonale which arrives in February.

Alfa’s first hybrid, the compact five-seat SUV will be priced from $49,900.

Featuring a 1.5-litre four cylinder, petrol engine coupled with 7-speed dual clutch transmission and 48 volt battery, the mild hybrid produces 118kW of power at 5750 rpm and 240Nm of torque at 1500 rpm.

A variable geometry turbocharger helps to deliver diesel-like fuel-economy of 5.6L/100km.

Tonale sits on the same platform and uses the same drivetrain as the Jeep Renegade, with a front-mounted petrol engine and a rear-mounted electric motor.

The electric motor provides a 15kW/55Nm boost when required, but the car can also operate in full electric mode for short distances.

Alfa Romeo has opted for this technical solution to offer an authentic electrified experience.

The transmission enables startup and travel in electric mode at low speeds and when parking and cruising.

Alfa says Tonale marks the brand’s metamorphosis to a new era of connectivity and electrification, while remaining true to its DNA of Italian sportiness.

The ‘3+3’ triple headlights, which echo they style of the 2010 Brera coupe, were developed in conjunction with Marelli.

A new full-LED adaptive matrix simultaneously provides daylight, dynamic turn signals and a ‘welcome and goodbye’ feature (activated when the driver turns the car on or off).

New lighting technology includes:

  • Adaptive Driving Beam which constantly adjusts the dipped headlights according to speed and specific driving conditions
  • Glare-Free High Beam Segmented Technology which automatically detects traffic in front and traveling in the opposite direction to avoid glare from other cars
  • A third module which is automatically activated when turning corners to ensure the best lateral lighting

The interior is inspired by Alfa’s racing history and promotes passion and driveability, courtesy of its dynamic and powerful forms.

Alfa claims the Tonale Hybrid redefines the segment with class-leading steering feel and engagement with its 13.6 steering ratio.

Unique Brake-by-Wire technology, guarantees a strong pedal feel, immediate response and added safety benefits.

Frequency Selective Dampers (FSD), developed by Koni, improve handling while retaining a comfortable ride.

Level 2 Autonomous Driving uses the front radar and camera as well as the Hands Off Detection (HOD) sensor on the steering wheel.

Tonale also introduces Connectivity Services, through the My Alfa Connect mobile app, permitting users to remotely access their vehicle using their mobile.

Tonale Hybrid will be available in two trims – Ti and Veloce – priced from $49,900 and $56,400 respectively.

Joining the line-up will be the Tonale Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV), launching late 2023.


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