Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV is slated to come to Australia in late 2023

Alfa Romeo Australia now intends to launch its first plug-in hybrid in late 2023, with the powerful Tonale PHEV firmly anchored.

This is a change from the Italian brand, which said earlier this year it had only managed to include mild-hybrid versions of the Tonale.

The all-wheel-drive PHEV is called the Tonale Q and is touted as the performance variant of the range, not just the most fuel-efficient.

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The system combines a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine connected to the front wheels only and an electric motor driving the rear axle, with a system output of 205 kW and a quoted zero to 100 km/h time of 6 .2 seconds.

Its battery is 15.5kWh and offers a claimed combined EV range of 60km before consuming a drop of petrol. A 7.4 kW AC wall box should charge them in around 2.5 hours, Alfa Romeo adds.

“We are very pleased to see Alfa Romeo moving towards electrification,” said Kevin Flynn, Managing Director Alfa Romeo Australia.

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The Tonale PHEV will arrive 8-10 months after the Tonale Hybrid, which Alfa Romeo said today would arrive in Australia in February 2023, priced between $49,900 and $56,400 before road costs.

The Tonale Hybrid uses a 1.5 liter engine coupled to a seven-speed DCT, a 15 kW motor and a 48 V and 0.8 kWh battery with system outputs of 118 kW and 240 Nm .

Alfa Romeo claims that the Tonale Hybrid can consume only 5.6 l/100 km.

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The Tonale’s role will be to serve as a new entry point into the range, which also includes Giulia and Stelvio. It’s the starting point for Alfa’s latest five-year plan, which sees the company launching a new model every year until 2026.

It will be built in a refurbished Stellantis plant in Naples.

The tonal is 4530 mm long, 1840 mm wide and 1600 mm high. This makes it 157mm shorter, 63mm narrower and 48mm lower than the Stelvio.

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Rather than using a platform from the Stellantis EMP group, the Tonale rides on a still-active Fiat Chrysler C-SUV platform – thought to be shared with the Jeep Compass, but with suspension and steering that’s better for more suitable for sporty driving than for soft driving and a completely new electric architecture.

Alfa Romeo claims the Tonale has the most direct steering ratio in the class, comes with Brembo brakes, available multi-stage dampers, targeted automatic wheel braking in corners and MacPherson strut suspension front and rear.

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