The Alfa Romeo Tonale is the very first model from the Italian brand to integrate electrification.

With sportiness a priority for just about any Alfa, the brand spent a lot of its time tweaking the Tonale’s chassis, making it stiffer and lighter than versions of the SCCS platform found elsewhere in parent company Stellantis’ portfolio. Alfa fit all four of the Tonale’s corners with struts and frequency-selective damping to ensure an appropriate yet sporty ride. An optional electronically adjustable suspension arises the wick even more. Alfa promises the Tonale’s brake-by-wire tech will “seamlessly” balance regenerative and mechanical braking, in addition to ABS functions, while its electronic power steering is likely to be quick and precise. 

The inside has been made for and round the occupants, so once we get the chance to check the Tonale, we’ll be expecting plenty of space and comfort. Featuring the Uconnect 5, the latest version of Alfa’s infotainment suite, built on the Android operating system, the Alfa Romeo Tonale features some cool connected features, rendering it more attractive to a younger audience base. Previously, Alfa Romeo hasn’t delivered the sort of interior quality that would be synonymous with a premium brand, which was until updates on the Stelvio corrected this. The Tonale is defined to cement such improvements further, Alfa Romeo Tonale having its mix of aluminium, vegan leather and Alcantara, Alfa Romeo Tonale a synethetic suede.

Alfa claims this can be a nod to its sporting heritage, though we can’t help feeling simpler digital speed and rev display would better suit the youth of its target customer. What’s more, the entire system updates remotely, negating the need to go to the dealership or Alfa Romeo Tonale mess about with USB sticks. This enables parents to own their very own audio preferences saved when they’re driving solo, meaning the youngsters’favourite Peppa Pig hits can lay on an alternative profile. What’s more, the driver’s seat position, wing mirror and climate choices remain unaffected by the children’profile. Toggling between the two is apparently one easy, non-distracting button touch too. Fortunately, Alfa’s thought about that.  The Android-based system also features Alexa Auto, bringing the familiar digital assistant to the vehicle. User and driver profiles have been separate out though, which is really a smart move. It features a 10.25-inch central display and a 12.3-inch cluster display. The cluster can be customised and there’s even an ‘efficiency coach’to simply help PHEV customers get the best out from the battery. There’s wireless connection to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Consisting of a brand-new 1.5-liter turbocharged I-4 paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with a built-in electric motor, the front-drive-only Tonale Hybrid is likely to be for sale in both 130- and 160-hp forms. Alfa will even give you a 130-hp turbodiesel Tonale with front-wheel drive and a six-speed dual-clutch automatic in Europe and Africa. Europe, Asia, and Africa could have the option of three additional powertrains. Alfa says it doesn’t have plans to bring the new Tonale Hybrid or diesel stateside, as neither is powerful or torquey enough for North American tastes. In Europe and Asia, the new Tonale Hybrid is going to be standard.

With three full-hybrid drivetrains along with traditional gas and diesel options, the new 2023 Tonale is Alfa’s means of stylishly setting the tone for its electrified path into the future.  Additionally it marks the first faltering step in Alfa Romeo’s sprint toward a promised all-electric lineup by 2027. The launches of Alfa Romeo SUV is significant, but for the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale, it’s doubly so. The newest Tonale isn’t just Alfa’s first small SUV.

With the wireless link with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the complete system updates remotely, negating the requirement to visit the dealership or mess about with USB sticks.  The Android-based system also features Alexa Auto, bringing the familiar digital assistant in to the vehicle. What’s more, the driver’s seat position, wing mirror, and climate choices remain unaffected by the youngsters’profile.  This enables parents to own their very own audio preferences saved when driving solo, meaning the children’favorite Peppa Pig hits can take a seat on an alternative profile. User and driver profiles have now been separated out though, which really is a smart move.

It combines a 15.5kWh battery with a 1.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, delivering over 30 miles of pure-electric range. Built utilizing the Stellantis ‘global medium family’architecture, the Q4 AWD comes with a nine-speed gearbox, turbocharger and direct fuel injection – all talking to the racing heritage of the brand. Though there’s no manual transmission available, a three-spoke sports tyre and flappy paddles are available as an option for keen drivers. While engine stop-start technology helps maintain the Tonale’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine ULEZ compliant, the choice with the greenest smarts needs to be Alfa Romeo’s first electric-petrol hybrid. The Alfa Romeo Tonale offers two powertrain choices; the Q4 AWD and (more excitingly) the PHEV Q4 AWD, which reaps all the advantages of regenerative braking technology.