2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Will Only Be Plug-In Hybrid in US
Dropping the 2.0-liter Tonale for the hybrid version will reduce Alfa Romeo’s overall emissions in the U.S. by 40 percent.
The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale isn't even on sale yet in North America and it's already losing options. When the Tonale hits U.S. dealers in 2023, it will be without its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine option. Instead, the Tonale will only come with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. According to Automotive News Europe, Alfa Romeo's CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said the Tonale's switch to a hybrid powertrain will lower the brand's overall emissions by 40 percent.
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Potential customers who were hoping for a sporty crossover might still be in luck, though. Not only does the plug-in hybrid Tonale have fewer emissions than the 2.0-liter car, it has more power. The Alfa Romeo Tonale hybrid gets a 1.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that powers the front wheels, while an electric motor powers the rear wheels. Combined, the Tonale hybrid makes 272 horsepower, which is more than the 256 horsepower from the 2.0-liter Tonale. Sweetening the hybrid deal is its 30-plus miles of electric range, making it more versatile than the standard Tonale.
Interestingly, the Dodge Hornet—the Tonale's mechanical twin—will only come with the standard turbo-four in the U.S. and won't offer the hybrid powertrain. And since both cars are mechanically identical and even look similar, customers will still have their choice of powertrains. Both cars will even be built in Italy, so there won't be much difference between the two.
The Alfa Romeo Tonale has been on sale in Europe for a couple of months already but it won't go on sale in the U.S. until next year and orders for the U.S. Tonale hybrid started November 17. It's too early to tell how the Tonale hybrid will be received by U.S. customers but Imparato claims that Alfa already has 35,000 orders for the Tonale hybrid in Europe.
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