The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale will provide some Italian blood to the subcompact luxury crossover market. The Tonale’s beautiful bodywork, complemented by Alfa Romeo’s trademark sharp-nosed face, is sure to capture admiring looks. Additionally, the business guarantees that driving it will be enjoyable because of its completely independent suspension and optional adjustable dampers. Power is provided by either a 256-hp turbo-four as usual or a more potent plug-in hybrid powertrain with an estimated all-electric range of more than 30 miles. The BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA250, and Volvo XC40 are competitors in the same segment as the 2023 Tonale.
The 2023 Tonale will have three trim levels. But Alfa hasn’t said how much any of them would cost or what specific amenities they will include. According to our forecast, the entry-level model will cost between $36,000 and $40,000, matching the starting price of comparable subcompact luxury crossovers.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Despite having two different engine choices, all Tonale models come standard with all-wheel drive. The standard setup generates 256 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Traditional styling is given a modern twist by the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and three-spoke steering wheel in the dash. The 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and six-speed automatic transmission that Alfa provides for the plug-in Tonale are supposed to enable a range of more than 30 miles when running solely on electricity.
A completely independent suspension is standard on all versions, with adaptive dampers as an option. Only a European model, which had a less powerful hybrid powertrain than what will be available in North America, has been available for us to test drive thus far. Alfa promises a driving experience that will stay loyal to its “race-inspired DNA,” but we’ll have to wait to test drive a U.S.-spec vehicle to verify the brand’s claims.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
The dashboard’s architecture and the round air vents within are derived from the Stelvio SUV and the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. Traditional styling is given a modern twist by the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and three-spoke steering wheel in the dash. There are also two well-known paddle shifters available. The headrests on the front seats have Alfa Romeo crests and red contrast stitching, which give them a sporty appearance. The front seats appear to be especially supportive.
Connectivity and Information
Every Tonale comes equipped with a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard. Software called Uconnect 5, which is present in many other Stellantis models, is included. It has numerous customizable interfaces with up to five different user profiles in addition to a home screen that may be customized.