2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale goes plug-in hybrid solely in US
The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale will probably be supplied completely with a plug-in hybrid powertrain within the U.S. when it lastly goes on sale right here early subsequent yr.
The data was confirmed to Automotive Information (subscription required) final week by Alfa Romeo CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato.
The good-looking compact crossover was revealed in February with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 and a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 1.3-liter turbo-4 for the entrance wheels and an electrical motor for the rear wheels.
An organization spokesperson informed Automotive Information the explanation to drop the two.0-liter engine was a necessity to scale back CO2 emissions, particularly within the states that observe the strict emissions guidelines pioneered by California. The addition of the plug-in hybrid Tonale will assist Alfa Romeo scale back its common emissions by 40%, Imparato mentioned.
The plug-in hybrid is definitely the stronger powertrain. It delivers a mixed 272 hp versus 256 hp from the two.0-liter engine.
Going with an electrified-only Tonale household will even assist prospects alter as Alfa Romeo prepares to go the full-electric route as quickly as 2026.
U.S. patrons nonetheless eager on the two.0-liter engine will discover it within the associated 2023 Dodge Hornet, which arrives in December. The Hornet and Tonale are twins below the pores and skin, and even share a plant in Pomigliano, Italy.
Whereas the two.0-liter engine within the Hornet will match the Tonale’s authentic 256-hp ranking, the plug-in hybrid setup will ship 288 hp within the Hornet.