High tech debut for

Alfa Tonale SUV

Alfa Romeo Tonale, 2022, side
Alfa Romeo Tonale, 2022, rear
Alfa Romeo Tonale, 2022, interior
Alfa Romeo Tonale, 2022, instrument panel
Alfa Romeo Tonale, 2022, badge
Alfa Romeo Tonale, 2022, front

ALFA Romeo is entering the compact SUV market with a new model called the Tonale that will sit in its line up below the Stelvio.

With hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains available the car is likely to cost from around £35,000 when it arrives later in the year.

Styled in a similar vein to the Stelvio, the Tonale plug-in will use a set-up similar to that of its Stellantis sister brand Jeep in the Renegade which sees a 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine mated to an electric motor giving a total power output of 271bhp.

It will have an electric-only range of around 37 miles and be capable of accelerating to 62mph in 6.2 seconds.

The battery will take two-and-a-half hours to recharge from a fast charger.

The plug-in will be joined by two hybrid versions of the Tonale using a 1.5-litre engine mated to a 48-volt system developing either 128 or 158bhp.

While the plug-in model has a four-wheel-drive set up with the electric motor powering the rear axle, the 48-volt models are front-wheel-drive only.

All versions have automatic transmissions and there is no manual option.

Interior equipment includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and a 1.0.25-inch central touchscreen which is not only fully smartphone compatible but also with Amazon Alexa.

The Tonale is also the first car to use non-fungible token blockchain technology which will record vehicle data that can produce a certificate of the vehicle's history at resale.

Other high-tech features see Level 2 autonomous driving functions included in Alfa's DNA drive-mode system.

The Tonale measures 4.53 metres in length, 1.84 metres wide and has a height of 1.6 metres which is similar in size to other compact SUVs such as the Volkswagen T-Roc and Volvo XC40.

Full specifications are still to be announced.


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