“The Alfa Romeo heritage shines through with the modern style and ingenuity that make the Tonale Hybrid a one-of-a-kind.”

Snapshot

  • Alfa’s small SUV priced for Australia
  • Starting from $49,900 plus on-roads
  • Two variants at launch: Ti and Veloce
  • Rated 5.6L/100km fuel efficiency

The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale is gearing up for a February release in Australia with a 48-volt hybrid powertrain and two trim levels.

Tonale pricing kicks off at $49,900 before on-road costs for the Ti and climbs to $56,400 for Veloce. Options packs and six paint colours are available to tailor the Tonale to your preferences.

The Tonale small SUV is a rival for the Mercedes-Benz GLA-class, Audi Q3, Lexus UX and BMW X1. Alfa has kept pricing sharp for its new SUV, with the $49,900 list price undercutting the most affordable BMW X1 in Australia.

Underneath the Tonale is Stellantis’s same ‘Small Wide 4×4’ platform as found in the Jeep Compass and Renegade, though Alfa says it’s an updated version.

The Tonale has been pitched as Alfa’s saviour, and the first step on the brand’s electric journey. Reports indicate the small SUV may also offer a fully-electric model in the future.

“We are very excited to see Alfa Romeo move towards electrification. The Tonale Hybrid is the ultimate blend of past, present and future, with its classic style, meticulous interior and driver-centric environment”, said Alfa Romeo Australia managing director, Kevin Flynn.

Powertrain and efficiency

Tonale will arrive in Australia with just one engine choice. It’s a hybrid that uses a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder teamed with a 48-volt electrical system for 118kW/240Nm.

The electric motor produces 15kW and 55Nm, which Alfa says is enough to get the Tonale off the line and up to around 15km/h.

Providing electricity for the motor is a 0.8kWh battery, so there’s no meaningful EV-only driving range. Alfa claims 5.6L/100km fuel efficiency (NEDC).

Alfa has confirmed that a plug-in hybrid Tonale is due in the third-quarter of 2023 featuring much feistier peak outputs of 205kW/550Nm. The PHEV will also use an all-wheel-drive system where the regular Tonale is front-drive only.

Equipment and technology

The base Tonale wears Alfa’s storied Ti badge and gets a healthy amount of technology and equipment standard including digital instruments, wireless smartphone mirroring and leatherette/cloth upholstery.

Alfa Romeo Tonale Ti equipment:
18-Inch Alloy Wheels 
Matrix LED headlights with auto high-beam
Carbon cloth/leatherette upholstery
Six-way manual adjust seat with powered driver lumbar adjust
10.25-Inch Touchscreen Infotainment and Navigation System
Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
12.3-Inch digital driver’s display
Wireless charging pad
Keyless entry and start
Tyre pressure monitoring
Adaptive cruise control 

The Tonale Ti can be specced up with a technology pack that brings stop and go for the adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and a 360-degree camera.

The sportier Veloce takes things up a notch in Tonale land with bigger 19-inch alloy wheels, red Brembo brake calipers and more driver assistance technology.

Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce adds:
19-inch Alloy Wheels 
Red Brembo brake calipers
Dark Miron body kit and grille details
Privacy glass
Alcantara/leatherette upholstery 
Aluminium gear shift paddles
Adjustable dampers
Technology pack

Both the Ti and Tonale are available in five colours, though only the Veloce can be finished in Montreal green metallic. Each grade is available with the with the Lusso pack.

Lusso Pack adds:
20-inch alloy wheels
Heated and ventilated front seats
Eight-way power front seats
Black perforated leather upholstery
Dark Miron body kit and grille details
14-speaker 465-Watt Harman Kardon sound system

Safety equipment

The Alfa Tonale was awarded five stars in Euro NCAP safety testing, though it is yet to be evaluated by ANCAP.

Standard safety features include front AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, driver monitoring, lane-departure warning, lane-trace assist, front and rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition and six airbags.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale is available to order now with deliveries beginning in February 2023.

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