EFFICIENCY AT THE SERVICE OF ITALIAN DNA
alfa romeo puts the finishing touch to the range Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV. The model with which the Italian brand entered the world of electrification and which has more than doubled its sales in the Spanish market -in March- is now available in a plug-in hybrid version. An SUV that combines its unmistakable sporty character with maximum efficiency and that has the much sought after ZERO label from the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT). The price? From 50,200 euros.
The latest launch of the Italian firm mounts a plug-in hybrid engine of 280 HP of power with 4×4 traction, which reflects how efficiency is not incompatible with sportiness and dynamism behind the wheel. So much so that this model, despite being an SUV, manages to go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.2 seconds and it reaches 135 km/h in fully electric mode and 206 km/h in hybrid mode -speed, which we remember, cannot be reached on Spanish roads-.
Some sensations behind the wheel that this newspaper has witnessed on a tour of the province of La Rioja -with a visit to the Wurth Museum included-, lasting more than two hours, in which the Alfa Romeo Tonale PHEV plug-in hybrid has shown a touch on the asphalt very sports showing off the aforementioned 280 CV. Sportiness, but also comfort at the wheel, since this model offers behavior dynamic and soft -without rocking- and with a precise direction.
First plug-in hybrid ‘made in Alfa’
The new heart of the Tonale plug-in hybrid consists of a turbocharged 1.3-litre, 4-cylinder multiAir engine and 180 hp mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission providing drive to the front axle. A propellant that is combined with an electric capable of supplying 90 kW of maximum power and 250 Nm of torque to the rear axle. A strategy that moves away from that chosen by other brands that have opted to give more importance to the ‘zero emissions’ part, but thanks to which the model presents greater dynamism and sportiness on the road.
The 306 volt, 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery provides more than 80 km of autonomy in electric mode in the urban cycle and more than 60 km autonomy in full cycle, which takes less than 2.5 hours to recharge from the vehicle’s 7.4 kW charger.
the system of all four wheel drive incorporated into the new Tonale, which provides front-wheel drive with the internal combustion engine and rear-wheel drive with the electric motor, it conveys a sensation of light, agile and dynamic driving, which is so characteristic of the Italian car manufacturer.
Interior with quality finishes
Alfa has been in charge of taking care of the smallest detail of the interior qualities of its firstborn in the ‘metamorphosis’ towards electrification, guaranteeing the comfort on-board -both for the passengers in the first row and for those traveling in the second- and habitability with a rationally distributed space and a trunk that offers optimal load capacity and a ‘hands-free’ opening system.
The driving experience offered by the new Tonale plug-in hybrid is quiet and vibration-free. Characteristic of electric cars, which produces an experience of relaxing driving. The comfort of the vehicle is enhanced by the aesthetic refinement, the quality of the materials and finishes, and a wide range of innovative technologies that are very easy to use.
Among the most innovative technological solutions, the integration with the voice assistant stands out amazon alexa, which offers convenient hands-free interaction with the system and is activated by speech. This helps keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road. In addition, Alexa allows you to know the status of the vehicle from the comfort of home and provides useful information, such as the battery charge level.