Alfa Romeo house owners have been plugging of their vehicles for years, however normally to OBD fault code readers to work out what the hell has gone incorrect this time.
However for the primary time, now you can purchase an Alfa that plugs into mains electrical energy to cost an onboard battery pack that provides as much as 50 miles (80 km) of emissions-free driving. Referred to as the Tonale Plug-In Hybrid This autumn, it’s additionally the one method to purchase a Tonale with all-wheel drive, no less than in Europe, the place the brand new automotive has simply gone on sale alongside the present front-wheel drive delicate hybrid.
Alfa had already launched some particulars of the brand new plug-in hybrid mannequin on the Tonale’s world reveal earlier this 12 months, however in case you missed that, the This autumn employs an inline four-cylinder petrol engine on the nostril that drives solely the entrance wheels by means of a six-speed computerized transmission, and a rear-mounted electrical motor hooked as much as a 15.5 kWh battery that solely drives the rear axle. It’s an evolution of the system fitted to the European-market 4XE model of the Jeep Compass, whose platform the Tonale shares.
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The 1.3-liter fuel motor kicks out 178 hp (180 PS) and the electrical motor a further 121 hp (123 PS), for a mixed output of 276 hp (280 PS). Zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) takes 6.2 seconds, which is greater than 2.5 seconds quicker than the 158 hp (160 PS) mild-hybrid Tonale we drove in October. Flat out, the Tonale PHEV will do 128 mph (206 km/h) in hybrid mode, or 84 mph (135 km/h) when working purely on volts.
Seemingly of extra significance to potential patrons is that the This autumn has a claimed electrical vary of over 50 miles (80 km) on the WLTP city cycle, and greater than 373 miles (600 km) of complete vary when utilizing each energy sources. Make use of the 7.4 kW onboard charger and you’ll totally cost the battery in lower than 2.5 hours.
To this point the Tonale This autumn PHEV has solely been introduced in Europe, whereas the one Tonale Alfa Romeo USA has confirmed on the market in 2023 has a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and a traditional all-wheel drive system combo that Europe doesn’t get. However given the way in which the market is transferring in direction of electrification it appears doubtless that the PHEV will make its method throughout the Atlantic ultimately, and possibly – a lot to Alfa’s annoyance – along with a PHEV model of its Dodge Hornet brother.