Article updated on November 17, 2022
The compact SUV Alfa Romeo Tonale will soon be available with its plug-in hybrid engine, a first for the Italian brand Alfa Romeo. The Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV was unveiled on November 17, 2020Here is the information about it.
While it has surpassed the 20,000 orders for this year 2022Tonale still has a card to play with a long-awaited engine: the plug-in hybrid. With this type of motorization, it is a question of combining a thermal engine with one or more electric motors.
The advantages of this plug-in hybrid engine: the possibility of driving in all-electric mode, the combined power of the internal combustion engine and the electric motor, and the reduction of CO2 emissions. The disadvantage of this type of motorization is that if the battery is not charged, the power will rest solely on the combustion engine, and the weight of the battery has an impact on the car's behavior.
When you know this and you know thatan Alfa Romeo must offer driving pleasure to its driver, we understand the work that the Italian engineers had to do to achieve this goal.
Coming back to the Alfa Romeo Tonale plug-in hybrid, it is the director of Alfa Romeo Jean-Philippe Imparato who revealed the date of presentation on his twitter account: it will be on November 17, 2022.
And yet, we already have a lot of information about this Tonale plug-in hybrid.
Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV: what we know
First of all, it is called Alfa Romeo Tonale Q4. In fact, the combustion engine at the front combined with the electric motor at the rear allows the model to have four-wheel drive, as opposed to the MHEV version which is a front-wheel drive.
Then, the gasoline engine will be a 1.3L turbo of 180 hp combined with an electric motor of 90 KW, that is to say 120 hp. The total power will be 280 hp (yes 180 + 120 it does not make 280 we know). It is coupled with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Alfa Romeo promises a safe, comfortable and fun drive on the road.
The battery will have a capacity of 15.5 kWh, which adds a weight of 125 kg to the car, for a total of 1835 kg. A full charge of the battery takes less than 2.5 hours when using the on-board 7.4 kW charger.
In terms of performance, the 0 to 100 km/h will be achieved in 6.2 seconds. The top speed will be 206 km/h in hybrid mode, 135 km/h in electric mode. For comparison, the 280 hp gasoline Stelvio achieves 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds.
CO2 emissions are a maximum of 26g/km.
The total autonomy is 80 km in all electric and 600 km in thermal + electric.
Finally, regarding the appearance of the Tonale, The exhaust outlets are visible and the modified biscione logo appears.
Alfa Romeo Tonale Q4 Special Edition
On the occasion of the launch of the hybrid model, a "Special Edition" version will be offered for order which will be the highest level of equipment with 20″ alloy wheels, red brembo calipers, etc.
It can be ordered in the next few hours because we still don't know its price...