Alfa Romeo Tonale, dynamics at their best, and that’s why

When you think of the Alfa Romeo, you think of sporty driving, sleek design and energetic. Just let it be the correct description of Alfa Romeo Tonale to be. This new (plug-in) hybrid SUV is a big step towards Alfa Romeo’s goal: zero emissions – full electric in 2027. Alfa Romeo Tonale debuts as a fully equipped Tonale Edizione Speciale 130PK Hybrid version packed with amazing technical gadgets. But one feature makes Tonale truly unique.

Alfa Romeo Tonale has world first

Before we switch to the amazing handling of this compact SUV, let’s take a look inside. There we see something unique in the technology. Namely the nft certificate. Tonale is the first car in the world with this certificate. What is it? The technology is based on the concept of a blockchain card, a confidential and unchanging record of the most important stages in the life of an individual vehicle. This technology certifies the car upon purchase. The certificate continues to evolve during use and the car’s further life cycle. Great advantage for the residual value. It is actually a mix of NAP data, the services, events with the car and maintenance. All this in one manageable app on your phone. Why did Alfa Romeo develop this? Because it removes all paperwork and if you sell the car, you can see at a glance what has happened to the car. Do not be alarmed, nothing about you is personally hidden. Clean car data is visible. If you do not want this, just turn it off.

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You have been warned

If we look further inside this exhibit of the Italian car brand; Tonale comes standard with a brand new infotainment system, including Android operating system, CarPlay, Over-the-Air (OTA) updates and Amazon Alexa integration. Another cool detail: this SUV can drive level 2 autonomously with new Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). The driver’s and driving experience, control and emotions are central to the Alfa Romeo. So all systems work without disturbing that experience.

Driving Assistance Systems include Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control (IAC), Lane Centering (LC) and Traffic Jam Assist. They ensure automatic speed adjustment, safe distance from the vehicle in front and that the car remains in the middle of the lane. Tonale also has Autonomous Emergency Braking to alert the driver of an impending collision with automatic brake action. If you are tired or about to fall asleep, Drowsy Driver Detection intervenes and warns you. Then Tonale offers a Blind Spot Detection that signals road users in your blind spots, Rear Cross Path Detection, which warns of crossing traffic when reversing and a 360 ° camera. Enough to feel safe and comfortable.

The interior of Tonale is gorgeous Italian design. With a minimal number of buttons and a nicely set up 22.5 inch TFT touch screen. The seats are adjustable in all directions and the cheeks and back can also be adjusted to your own comfort. Personally, I think it’s a shame – because I’m tall – that there is no extension in the seat. But it does not affect the seating comfort.

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Alfa Romeo Tonale – handling and appearance

This Tonale is a gem on the road. No understeer, narrow curves, no incline and the FSD shock absorbers emphasize driving comfort. I personally think the neutral position is the best ride in the mountains. Direct, but not too much, and the suspension remains comfortable. If you drive on flatter, straight roads, I choose D for dynamic. The integrated braking system (IBS) and the aluminum gearshift shoes complete the driving experience. It has a good grip, especially on the wet road we drive on. A good grip with this front-wheel drive. Tonale offers two driveline solutions: the one I drove and the four-wheel drive on the super-fast Plug-in Hybrid e-Q4. It’s your choice. Tonale’s appearance has a typical Alfa Romeo appearance with a pinch of Stelvio at the back and nice thick in the flanks. The small details, such as the Italian flag on the mirrors, give you the extra dynamic Alpha feel.

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Which Tonale version will be yours

Tonale offers two levels of electrification: Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid. Tonale introduces the 160 hp hybrid VGT engine. Connected to a TCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and the P2 electric motor (48 volts, 15 kW and 55 Nm). They make sure that the 1.5-liter petrol engine drives the wheels, even when the internal combustion engine is off. This way you get a real electric driving experience. The transmission makes it possible to start electrically and to drive at low speeds. There is also a 130 hp hybrid version with 7-speed TCT automatic transmission and a P2 electric motor.

Then there is the rugged 275 hp Tonale Plug-in Hybrid Q4 with an acceleration of 6.2 seconds from standstill to 100 km / h. This version has a full electric range of up to 80 kilometers. According to Alfa Romeo, the Q4 traction provides an unsurpassed level of safety and driving pleasure. We believe in that.

Two trim levels are available: Super and Ten. Super can be expanded with a Sprint package with many sporting options. Ten can be supplemented with the Veloce package (which we run): the maximum in performance and sportiness. Alfa Romeo provides a 5-year warranty on cars and parts and an 8-year or 150,000 km warranty on the battery.

Price from € 46,000.

Wanda Bregman

Wanda has four serious addictions: travel, writing, sports and adventure. And preferably in combination. Appears at the top of her travel list …

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