New Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV Set to Revitalise the Italian Brand

11 Feb 2022 by Megan Maxwell

Kickstarting a new age for Alfa Romeo, the new Tonale SUV will offer drivers a whole new range of tech, a plug-in hybrid powertrain and sporty handling.

Entering into an electric era, the Alfa Romeo Tonale will be the first EV to come from the Italian brand. According to the new CEO of Alfa Romeo, Jean-Philippe Imparato, there will be a new car launched every year until 2030, and in a bid to turn fully electric, will only produce EVs from 2027 onwards.

In the hope to improve the Italian manufacturers’ quality and performance, the SUV is set to provide drivers with more affordable hybrid tech, along with innovative technology such as a better infotainment system and connectivity.

Alfa Romeo Tonale

A New Generation of Powertrains

Looking at what the Tonale will bring its drivers, the biggest highlight is the car’s new plug-in hybrid powertrain. Providing a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.

More importantly, the Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV is offered with two electrified models made up of a 15.5kWh battery with a rear-mounted e-motor for a total output of 271bhp. The 130 Hybrid offers 128bhp, while the 160 Hybrid gains variable turbine geometry tech for its compressor, increasing power to 158bhp.

Alfa Romeo’s platform puts the four-wheel-drive Tonale Plug-in Hybrid Q4’s total weight at around 1,900kg, making it the fastest model in the line-up, with a 0-62mph time of 6.2secs. Charging the battery takes two and a half hours using a 7.4kW home WallBox, and the manufacturer claims can provide 37 miles on all-electric when fully charged.

Additionally, the Alfa Romeo Tonale will be the last of the cars to sit on the platform developed by ex-parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), since future models are moving over to Stellantis’s global platforms. It has also been confirmed the platform is set up for a fully electric Tonale, depending on consumer demand for the variation.

Innovative Tech

As part of the Alfa Romeo renovating their own brand, CEO Imparato described how technology and software will contribute to their new era.

Inside the Tonale, it features a wide selection of state-of-the-art technology you would expect in a premium SUV: a digital 12.3in screen, plus a 10.25in touchscreen with a customisable home screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

It’s also the first car in the world to have a non-fungible token (NFT), which links a car to a digital certificate based on blockchain technology. With the customer’s consent, it creates a confidential and non-modifiable record of the main stages of a car’s life, which acts as a guarantee that the car has been properly maintained, helping to improve residual value.

Additional features include a built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant and the ability for Amazon to deliver parcels directly to the car by the owner unlocking the car remotely.

A Whole New Design

The new SUV has been created with an intended audience of “young, metropolitan and dynamic customers”. With two trim levels available from launch: Super and Ti, Sprint and Veloce option packs will be offered.

Tonale’s design also includes ‘GT Line’, which runs from the rear to the headlights, as seen on the 8C Competizione, and the 3+3 headlights, which reflect those of the 1989 SZ. The front also features the iconic ‘Trilobo’ nose and distinctive ‘Scudetto’ shield. Furthermore, the alloy wheels are a modern take on the telephone-dial design that began in the 1960s on models such as the 33 Stradale.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale will arrive in the UK this autumn, with further details to come.

Make sure to follow our blog for more updates, but for now – let us know what you’re most looking forward to about the new SUV.

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