Fancy a little Italian flair with your electrified vehicle? Alfa Romeo’s first-ever compact crossover, the Tonale, is about to hit dealerships, and the Milan-based automaker’s plug-in hybrid version – also its first ever – turns out to be its most powerful model.
The gas-powered Tonale, with a 2.0L turbocharged engine, will start at $44,995 for the base Sprint version, while the upmarket Veloce 2.0L will start at $46,495. The Tonale PHEV, with a 1.3L turbocharged gas engine, 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery and 90 kW electric motor, starts at $54,995 for the Sprint, while the Veloce starts at $57,495.
The gas version produces 256 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. But the PHEV puts down a best-in-class 285 hp, along with the ability to travel up to 48 km on battery alone. And though the price difference is around $10k between powertrain versions, the PHEV qualifies for up to $5,000 in Canadian EV rebates to soften the blow.
The all-wheel-drive Tonale features Alfa’s Frequency Damping Suspension (FDS) system for more dynamic performance, a host of driver assist features, a 10.25‑inch centre touchscreen and 12.3‑inch driver’s cluster screen with Uconnect, and an NFT (non‑fungible token) digital certificate. Expect to see it in dealerships early this year.