In Italian La Metamorfosi translates to “metamorphosis,” and with the upcoming reveal of the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale, the Italian wing of Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, begins its changeover to an all-electric brand.
We know Alfa Romeo will be a completely electric brand by 2027, and the first all-electric vehicle is expected in 2024. So how does the Tonale fit into the metamorphosis? Well, the concept revealed at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show debuted as the brand’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).
Thus, the full production reveal of the Alfa Romeo Tonale on Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. ushers in the beginning of that change.
The Tonale is expected to be a five-passenger crossover that slots just below the Stelvio in the Alfa Romeo lineup.
Rumored dimensions for the Tonale show the size to be smaller than the Stelvio by a good amount. The current Stelvio’s dimensions are 185 inches long by 77 inches wide by 66 inches high, and the Tonale is expected to be 178.3 inches long by 72.2 in wide and 63.1 in high.
Per the original press release on the concept, we might also expect to see 21-inch wheels, a full digital cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen as well as the standard D.N.A. Alfa Romeo drive modes.
It’s believed the Tonale will share the same platform as the Jeep Renegade.
The answer to this question is – probably eventually. To start, the Tonale will be a PHEV, but with Alfa Romeo’s first all electric vehicle launching in 2024, we expect a full-EV version to follow a year or so after the original release.
While all engine/motor details are speculative, all rumors seem to congeal together and are in agreement that the Tonale will have a 1.3-liter engine plus a motor assist. Overall it’s expected to produce around 240 horsepower with all-wheel drive being standard. Sharing with Jeep, we can assume it will be similar to other Jeep vehicles with the 4xe powertrain.
Fuel economy, range and torque is unknown at this point.
Vehicles with personality are rare. If you’ve driven an Alfa Romeo car or SUV you’ve seen how fun to drive they are. They are loaded with personality and a few quirks. But they’re fun and enjoyable. It seemed like Alfa Romeo was going to vacate the US market when Stellantis took over. The Fiat influence pushed Alfa forward, and you can argue that Fiat had a negative impact on the rest of the more popular brands.
But if this truly is a metamorphosis for Alfa Romeo then it will be fun to see how the Tonale drives and what the future holds for this Italian brand. But please name it something else or at least tell us how to pronounce it properly.