Alfa Officially States Mileage for Tonale PHEV

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

Say what you will – and many have – about the name Alfa Romeo selected for its new compact crossover, there’s no denying the thing fits well into the brand’s current design language. Alfa intends for it to fit well into a customer’s monthly balance sheet as well, announcing today it expects the Tonale to run 33 miles solely on electricity and return a rating of 77 MPGe.

I’m sure there are content wonks deep within the bowels of Verticalscope in Toronto who’d much prefer we’d make you click on the article to reveal that information, but that approach irritates me and insults the reader. With that minor rant out of the way, we’ll remind you that the Tonale is powered by a 1.3L engine which tag teams an electric motor and 15.5-kWh battery to belt out 285 horsepower and a system total 347 lb.-ft of torque.


Combined fuel economy is an official 29 miles per gallon, which isn’t exactly Prius territory but neither is the power output of the Tonale. Italian style doesn’t show up for nothing, right? Still, the presence of better than 30 miles of gasoline-free driving will be more than enough to cover the daily commutes of many customers, permitting them to save a few liras at the pumps.

It is worth noting we’ve found through our own personal testing that some Stellantis PHEVs demand lighting the internal combustion fires in certain weather conditions even if the battery has ample charge, a trait worth keeping in mind if one lives in the snow belt. We'll have to wait until testing a Tonale PHEV in similar conditions to see if it exhibits the same trait. Total range on a fully charged battery and a full tank of fuel is an estimated 360 miles. 


The machine will be available in three trims, all of which will be familiar to Alfaisti. Sprint models start at $42,995 and Ti variants will cost 2 grand more. The top-spec Veloce has a starting price tag of $47,495 plus $1,595 destination. It is expected the Tonale PHEV will begin arriving in dealers next month.


[Images: Alfa Romeo]


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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Ras815 Ras815 on Jun 01, 2023

    Minor editorial note, but the plural of lira is lire.

  • Chris P Bacon Chris P Bacon on Jun 01, 2023

    "It is worth noting we’ve found through our own personal testing that some Stellantis PHEVs demand lighting the internal combustion fires in certain weather conditions even if the battery has ample charge, a trait worth keeping in mind if one lives in the snow belt."


    It's also worth noting that my Jeep dealer applied a software update to my Wrangler 4xe that took care of this issue.

    • Jalop1991 Jalop1991 on Jun 01, 2023

      It's also worth noting that Pacifica PHEV has certain ICE behaviors at 40F and below, and different ones again at 32F and below--and I fully expect the Tonail/Hornet twins will behave the same way.


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  • VoGhost I was talking today to a guy who pulled up in an '86 Camry. Said it ran like a top, got 30 mpg, the AC was ice cold and everywhere he goes, people ask to buy it. He seemed happy.
  • VoGhost TL:DL. Younger people less racist.
  • VoGhost None of the commenters who won't buy from China think twice about getting their oil from Saudi Arabia. They may even be filling up with Venezuelan or Russian petroleum, for all they know.
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