An All-New Subcompact Luxury Crossover
Alfa Romeo has added an all-new subcompact luxury crossover to its lineup that goes by the Tonale name. The automaker touts the new five-seater as delineating the “brand metamorphosis” from combustion to electrification while staying true to its legendary Italian heritage. As this SUV segment becomes increasingly crowded, Alfa Romeo promises the Tonale will differentiate itself through styling, driving dynamics and technological innovation.
Alfa Romeo 2023 Tonal Design
The Tonale will not be mistaken for anything other than an Alfa Romeo. Beautifully sculpted, the front fascia features the signature ‘Trilobo’ grille and the marque’s unmistakable ‘Scudetto’ shield. From its smooth lines to the pillar-mounted exterior mirrors and sporty dial wheel design, the overall look is both sporty and timeless. Luckily Alfa Romeo resisted the urge to follow trends, such as incorporating flush door handles and blacked-out D-pillars, opting instead to create a more attractive and elegant look – the Tonale will look great a decade from now. .
Inside the Tonale, passengers will find a well-appointed, visually pleasing and comfortable cabin that projects a premium appearance. Alfa Romeo incorporated a three-spoke steering wheel (with paddle shifters), a traditional PRND gear lever on the center column and sporty bucket seats for front passengers. The dashboard features a standard 12.3-inch digital main instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen running Uconnect 5 – Alfa Romeo claims the displays are the largest in class (digital services include Alfa Connect with over-the-air capability, and there’s standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto).
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale powertrain
Alfa Romeo will offer the Tonale two distinctly different powertrains in three unique versions: Sprint, Ti and Veloce.
Standard models feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4, rated at 256 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The combustion engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission sending power to all four wheels via the company’s Q4 AWD system. Additionally, the engine features a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection and an engine start-stop system to maximize power and fuel efficiency.
The top-of-the-line Tonale is a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid (PHEV). Its powertrain uses a 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 (rated at 180hp) and a 6-speed automatic transmission to drive the front wheels. The rear wheels, which give the PHEV its Q4 all-wheel-drive system, are powered by a 90 kW (121 hp) electric motor. The total combined power of the system is 272 horsepower. A standard 15.5kWh lithium-ion battery can power the Tonale for around 30 miles, completely combustion-free.
On that note, Alfa Romeo configures the Tonale PHEV with three different drive modes: Dual Power/Dynamic, Natural and Advanced Efficiency. Dual Power/Dynamic configures the combustion engine and electric motor to deliver maximum power to optimize performance. Natural is the default drive mode that balances the combustion engine and electric motor without compromising comfort or performance. Advanced efficiency limits the vehicle to battery power only for approximately 30 miles of non-combustion driving.
How will the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale drive?
Alfa Romeo promises “impeccable sports car-like dynamics” for the new Tonale, citing the most direct steering in the segment, powerful Brembo brakes and fully independent suspension with FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) dampers. The “Alfa DNA” system manages the two predefined damping programs: Comfort and Sport. The default program is Comfort, which provides the most compliant ride, especially on rough roads (the Natural and Advanced Efficiency drive mode setting). Sport stiffens the ride to optimize handling and reduce body roll (this is the setting when Dual Power/Dynamic riding mode is selected).
How much does the Alfa Romeo Tonale 2023 cost?
Alfa Romeo hasn’t released Tonale pricing at press time, but it should be very competitively priced in the segment – expect base prices to be around $36,000-$40,000. . Premium Veloce models will likely fetch just over $50,000. The Italian-made Tonale will arrive in dealerships in early 2023.
Who should buy a 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale?
The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale targets a high-end “young, metropolitan and dynamic clientele” who will likely be new to the brand. Tonale buyers will seek premium styling, luxury, strong driving dynamics and technological innovation. The Tonale is small overall, but that won’t deter buyers as they don’t transport more than one other person on a regular basis – this vehicle is ideal for singles, young professionals and couples without children . The Alfa Romeo Tonale is unique – the Italian subcompact is not a Mercedes-Benz, Audi or BMW (it’s actually the pick against the German automakers). The Tonale targets those who want to be unique and individual but don’t want to compromise.