- The Alfa Romeo Tonale will only be sold as a plug-in hybrid in America, according to a report by Car News Europe that Car and Driver confirmed with Stellantis.
- Alfa’s decision to drop the previously announced 2.0-liter gas engine from the Tonale’s US lineup is said to be an effort to reduce C02 emissions.
- Earlier this week, Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said A Europe the plug-in hybrid Tonale will reduce the brand’s average carbon emissions by 40 percent.
UPDATE 11/18/22: A Stellantis spokesperson confirmed Car and Driver: “Yes, we’re all going PHEV for the Alfa Romeo Tonale in the United States. One of the advantages of an agile brand is the ability to make changes quickly and we will capitalize on that as much as possible. Alfa Romeo’s future is also electric and this decision puts us faster in that direction. Finally, as a premium brand, the PHEV better aligns with what our customers want in this segment, as it offers an enhanced experience, greater performance and more than 30 miles of electric range.”
The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale was originally slated to be offered in America with two powertrains: one with a traditional gasoline engine and the other with a plug-in hybrid setup. However, plans have changed, like yesterday Car News Europe reports the company is dropping the gas-only option and selling the Tonale exclusively as a plug-in hybrid in the US market.
The news comes after Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of Alfa Romeo, told earlier this week A Europe the American Tonal will now be PHEV only. The decision was apparently made to reduce C02 emissions. Imparto said the plug-in hybrid Tonale will help Alfa Romeo reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent, according to A Europe. We’ve reached out to Alfa’s North American team for comment on the news, but have yet to receive a response.
When the 2023 Tonale was announced earlier this year, the US version was said to have two powertrain options. The 272-hp plug-in hybrid is the more powerful of the two, combining a 180-hp turbocharged 1.3-liter inline-four driving the front wheels with a 121-hp electric motor feeding the rear axle. This is the Tonale’s only powertrain now that the previously announced 256-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder has reportedly been scrapped.
For those disappointed in Alfa’s decision to ditch the gas-only turbo-four, the Tonale’s corporate counterpart, the Dodge Hornet, is expected to continue to be offered with that engine, as well as the same plug-in hybrid powertrain . The Hornet is expected to go on sale soon, with the Tonale to follow early next year.
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