The Alfa Romeo Tonale 2023 will be offered exclusively with a plug-in hybrid powertrain in the US when it finally goes on sale here early next year.
The information was confirmed to Automotive News (subscription required) last week by Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato.
The handsome compact crossover was unveiled in February with a 2.0-litre turbo-4 and a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 1.3-litre turbo-4 for the front wheels and an electric motor for the rear wheels .
A company spokesperson told Automotive News that the reason for dropping the 2.0-liter engine was the need to reduce CO2 emissions, especially in states that follow strict CO2 rules. emissions set up by California. The addition of the Tonale plug-in hybrid will help Alfa Romeo reduce its average emissions by 40%, Imparato said.
The plug-in hybrid is the most powerful powertrain. It delivers a combined power of 272 hp compared to 256 hp from the 2.0-liter engine.
Going with an electrified-only Tonale family will also help customers adapt as Alfa Romeo prepares to pass the all-electric route from 2026.
American buyers still fond of the 2.0-liter engine will find it in the 2023 Dodge Hornets, which arrives in December. The Hornet and the Tonale are twins under the skin and even share a plant in Pomigliano, Italy.
While the Hornet’s 2.0-liter engine will match the Tonale’s initial output of 256 hp, the plug-in hybrid setup will deliver 288 hp in the Hornet.