The Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV will arrive as the brand’s first electrified model in 2022. Alfa Romeo’s CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato has announced that its smallest SUV will be its first to pack an electrified powertrain and that it will launch it next year.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale is a compact SUV, and it debuted as a concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The concept version was a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, and so will be the production version. Imparato said that the luxury C-SUV will offer the distinctive Alfa Romeo Italian style and unparalleled driving dynamics. Not just that, it will be the first plug-in hybrid model of the Alfa Romeo range, the company chief added.
Imparato confirmed the developments while speaking to 150+ suppliers of the Tonale at the G.B. Vico plant in Pomigliano d’Arco, Italy.G.B. Vico plant is the production facility where the company will make the Tonale, not the Cassino plant where it manufactures the Giulia and Stelvio mid-size models.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale will ride on the same platform as the Jeep Compass and the upcoming global Jeep Commander (codename: Jeep 598), what Stellantis calls the “small-wide 4×4 architecture.” It will probably borrow the Jeep Compass 4xe’s plug-in hybrid electric powertrain in which a 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine works together with an electric motor powering the rear axle. An 11.4 kWh battery feeds the electric motor and provides a zero-emission range of 49 km (WLTP).
The Jeep Compass 4xe’s plug-in hybrid electric powertrain is available in two output levels: 140 kW (190 PS) and 177 kW (240 PS). Similarly, the Alfa Romeo Tonale’s electrified system may come in two different specifications. The pure electric range should be better than that of the Jeep Compass 4xe because of a more aerodynamic exterior and other possible factors.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV will compete with the Mercedes GLA 250 e, the Audi Q3 45 TFSI e/Audi Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI e, and the BMW X1 xDrive25e.
What is the Alfa Romeo Tonale release date?
The Alfa Romeo Tonale could debut at the 2022 Geneva Motor Show in February and go on sale in the middle of the year.
What will be the Alfa Romeo Tonale price?
The Alfa Romeo Tonale’s prices could start at around USD 35,000.
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