Before Alfa Romeo goes all in on electrics, by 2027, the Italian brand is launching its first plug-in hybrid, the Tonale.
A small crossover, slotted below the Stelvio crossover, the Tonale shares a Stellantis platform with the Jeep Compass and Dodge Hornet.
It is the brand's third model in the U.S. after the Stelvio and Giulia sedan, and will be its last new vehicle with an internal combustion engine.
The Tonale, similar in size to the Audi Q3 and BMW X1, comes in three trim levels, with the base Sprint version starting at $44,590 including shipping. The Ti is priced from $46,590 and the top-of-the-line Veloce begins at $49,090, both including shipping.
The Tonale blends a 15.5-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery with a 90-kilowatt electric motor and 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine to produce 285 hp, 347 pound-feet of torque and an electric range of more than 30 miles. It zips from 0 to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds. Plans to sell the Tonale in the U.S. with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine were dropped because of regulatory rules covering carbon dioxide emissions in California and other states.
The cabin is equipped with a 10.25-inch center touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, a high-resolution surround-view camera system and monitoring system that warns drowsy or distracted drivers to pay attention or pull over. Advanced driver assistance technology includes adaptive cruise control and lane centering to control and maintain vehicle speed and direction when traffic is heavy.
Journalists recently drove the Tonale in Italy and we've rounded up some early reviews.