2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Preview

Chris Teague | Feb 08, 2022

Stellantis has made its electrification goals clear, so it’s now time for all its brands to get on board with the program. Alfa Romeo is one of the smallest brands under the Stellantis umbrella, but the legendary Italian automaker is on track to release its first electrified vehicle in late 2022. The Tonale is a compact luxury SUV with an available plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain and truly forward-looking tech.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce Blue Front Quarter View European spec

Alfa Romeo offers the 2023 Tonale in three trims: Sprint, Ti, and Veloce. Two powertrains are on offer: A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 256 horsepower and a turbocharged 1.3-liter 4-cylinder with a PHEV system that produces a combined 272 hp. A 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (AWD) are standard for all trims.

What’s New for the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale?

  • Tonale is a brand-new model for the 2023 model year
  • Two powertrains are offered, including a plug-in hybrid
  • Stellantis’ Uconnect 5 is standard, and all Tonale buyers get a non-fungible token with their purchase of the vehicle
  • Orders for the SUV will open in the fourth quarter of 2022, and shipments will begin in the first quarter of 2023
  • Alfa has released no pricing details

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Exterior

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce Blue Rear Quarter View European spec

The Tonale’s final design lands relatively close to the concept vehicle shown a few years back. The SUV features a sleek profile and Alfa’s typically dramatic front-end design. Exterior dimensions are compact, as the Tonale measures 178.3 inches long, 72.4 inches wide, and 63 inches tall. Slim headlights flank the triangular grille with unique LED signature lighting elements intended to evoke memories of the Alfa Romeo SZ Zagato and Proteo concept car. Alfa notes that full-LED lighting helps preserve fuel economy and improve brightness. The units form the daytime running lights, turn signals, and offer a welcome and goodbye feature.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Interior

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce Interior Dashboard European spec

The Tonale’s cabin features a strong focus on the driver. Controls and displays are oriented toward the driver’s seat and give easy access while the vehicle is in motion. Interior finishes are coated in unique patterns, and there are plenty of neat logos throughout the cabin to keep things interesting.

Alfa Romeo hasn’t clarified materials and configuration specs for the various trim levels. Still, its press images show a classy interior with Alcantara or suede upholstery with matching accents on the dash and doors. The Tonale features a steering wheel-mounted start/stop button and a digital gauge cluster like its larger cousin, the Stelvio SUV.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Specs

The Tonale is available with two powertrain options. The headlining propulsion system here is a PHEV system that uses a turbocharged 1.3-liter engine with an electric motor on the rear axle that provides AWD. Combined output lands at 272 hp, and the system can deliver up to 30 miles of all-electric range.

A traditional gas powertrain is also available. It comes with a 256-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 9-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard, and Alfa says the gas powertrain meets the conditions for a super-ultra-low emissions 30 (SULEV 30) rating.

Part of what makes Alfa Romeo and all performance vehicles special is their ability to change behavior using drive modes. The Tonale PHEV features three modes that impact its performance:

  • Dual Power (PHEV)/Dynamic: Maximum output from the engine and electric motor
  • Natural: Standard performance for everyday use
  • Advanced Efficiency: Pushes the vehicle into pure electric operation for the duration of its 30-mile range

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Safety

The Tonale is too new for crash-test results, but Alfa outlined its numerous standard safety features:

Level 2 autonomous driving system is available, which means that the Tonale will be capable of steering itself and maintaining its speed in limited situations. The driver must be in the seat and ready to take control at any time. This is similar to how Cadillac Super Cruise and Tesla Autopilot operate.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Technology

Stellantis’ new Uconnect 5 system comes standard and runs on a 10.25-inch touchscreen, accompanied by a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. The system offers over-the-air updates, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa functionality. Uconnect has long been one of the more intuitive and fluid systems on the market. The fifth-generation update brings a new user experience on the Android automotive operating system.

Connectivity with the Alfa Connect mobile app is standard, which brings the ability to lock and unlock doors, start the engine, call for help, and more. An “Assist Call” function lets owners contact a support line to learn how to use the Uconnect system, while a stolen-vehicle tracker helps police find the Tonale if a thief nabs it. Alfa also offers “Family Drive Alerts,” which functions like GM’s Teen Driver system by notifying parents when their young driver misses curfew, exceeds the speed limit, or travels outside a defined geographic area.

The big news for those who care about such things is that every Tonale comes with a non-fungible token (NFT). The non-modifiable record contains information about the vehicle’s usage and maintenance records, and presumably accidents and other issues. Alfa says the NFT lends credibility to Tonale owners when they sell their vehicle, as it’s a trustworthy record of the vehicle’s backstory.

2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Competitors

The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale will compete with luxury models, including the BMW X1Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Audi Q3.

Alfa Romeo is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of February 8, 2022, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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