The Alfa Romeo Tonale engines cover different fuel types, giving the compact SUV a heterogeneous range capable of satisfying equally diverse needs. If on the one hand there is still diesel, now abandoned by many manufacturers but still appreciated by those who must accumulate tens of thousands of kilometers a year, on the other hand electrification is making its first appearance at Alfa Romeo. .
And it was precisely these levels that led to the long wait for the Tonale’s debut, with CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato – in charge of the brand immediately after the birth of Stellantis – having asked his engineers to go the extra mile to create a competitive powertrain. The result was the 275hp Q4 plug-in hybrid version. But this is only the spearhead of the range, which we tell you about below.
The Tonale will begin with the version mild hybrid essence of 130 hp and 240 Nm based on the new 1.5 liter 4-cylinder turbo engine combined with a 48 V electrical system of 15 kW and 55 Nm.
The electric unit transmits energy to the wheels even when the internal combustion engine is off, intervening in certain driving phases such as starting, parking, cruising, acceleration or simply driving at low speeds.
Depending on the needs, the intervention is therefore oriented towards reducing fuel consumption or supporting the performance of the gasoline engine.
those who want more power for the Alfa Romeo Tonale can opt for the Hybrid VGT engine of 160 hp (and still 240 Nm). Still based on the 1.5 liter turbo and 48V electric unit, it features a variable geometry turbocharger with direct fuel injection at 350 bar for a spirited overall performance.
Both front-wheel drivethese two versions of the SUV use a new 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The Alfa Romeo Tonale is an advanced mild hybrid vehicle (which we call “mild hybrid”) and as such it does not need a charging station to charge: the car recovers kinetic energy dispersed during braking and deceleration and releases it in the situations described above.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale engine range also includes a 1.6 diesel (not electrified) of 130 ch and 320 Nmmated to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and – again – front-wheel drive.
Despite the continued fall in diesel car registrationsthis unit will have its say, especially in fleets and for those who travel tens of thousands of kilometers a year, without the possibility of recharging batteries.
The high end is theplug-in hybrid Q4 four-wheel drive. The Alfa Romeo is equipped with a 1.3 MultiAir turbo petrol engine which transfers the power to the front axle and is combined with a 15.5 kWh batterywhich is responsible for transmitting energy to the rear wheels via an electric motor.
In total, the Tonale plug-in hybrid develops 275 ch with a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and an autonomy in electric mode up to 80 km in the urban cycle and about 60 km in the mixed cycle. In this case, the battery can be recharged to 100% in two and a half hours thanks to the 7.4 kW fast charger.