What is a Tonale? A Tonale is a compact SUV built in Pomigliano, Italy, and is sold worldwide by Alfa Romeo. The Tonale is the first PHEV hybrid powered Alfa Romeo and is the first new model from the Italian brand in six years. The Tonale is named after the famous windy, extremely narrow, Tonale mountain pass road in Northern Italy.
Why are Alfa Romeo’s so special? There are a lot of things that make the Alfa Romeo brand special. The company builds unique vehicles, with exceptional designs and great performance, in segments where standing out is becoming more and more difficult. The Tonale Veloce hybrid SUV is a perfect example of just how impressive Alfa Romeo is.
Every 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale comes with a PHEV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle power train. It combines a 1.3L liter turbocharged 4 cylinder gas engine under the hood with a 90 kW electric motor mounted on the rear axle. Total power output measures 285 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque, which is sent through a 6 speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters into a standard AWD all wheel drive traction control system.
Alfa Romeo’s first plug-in hybrid has an all electric driving range of 33 miles with a 77 MPGe rating. The gas engine gets 29 MPG in city and highway driving. The total driving range is 360 miles. The greenhouse gas rating is an 8 and the smog rating is a 6; both out of 10. These are all good numbers for a compact crossover AWD plug-in hybrid SUV.
And how long does it take to charge the battery? The Alfa Romeo Tonale has an onboard 7.4 kW battery charger. With a 120 volt Level I charger, the battery fully recharges in about 8 hours. You can shorten the charging time down to less than 4 hours using a 240 volt Level II battery charger at home, school, or work.
This week Alfa Romeo sent me a 2024 Tonale Veloce AWD Hybrid SUV to test drive and review. The Veloce edition has a base window sticker price of $47,495. The options on the SUV are: the Verde Fangio bright metallic green paint for $2,200, the customer preferred package for $2,500, the active assist advanced package for $2,000, the power moonroof for $1,200 and a set of 20″ by 8″ Grigio 5 hole aluminum alloy wheels with a set of Alfa Romeo logo gloss red disc brake calipers for $2,000. The MSRP manufactures suggested retail price, including the $1,595 delivery charge, is: $58,990.
After adding in the state and local sales tax, plus the DMV and dealer fees, the out the door and in your garage total purchase price came to: $66,364. If you love everything Italian, then this is the SUV for you. With sexy sheet metal, fantastic looking alloy wheels and EV power; the Tonale gets its DNA from Maserati, Fiat and Ferrari; which are all fantastic stalemates!
The Veloce edition has a premium interior and sound package that starts with: perforated leather seats, ventilated front seats, driver seat memory, a Harman Kardon premium audio system with 12 speakers, an automatic dimming rear exterior mirror, an active driving assist program, a surround view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist with automatic stop, front and rear parking distance assist and a set of 235/40 R20″ black wall all season tires.
According to Stellantis, the parent company of Alfa Romeo, the Tonale is eligible for the $7,500 federal tax credit, but only as a lease. You can lease a Tonale for only $495 a month, for 36 months, with $4,270 due at signing. See your local dealer for the details.
Italian automaker Alfa Romeo advertises its lineup of high end luxury sport sedans and SUVs with the slogan: “la meccanica delle emozioni”, which translates to The Mechanics of Emotion and since June 24th, 1910, Alfa Romeo has always been Driven by Passion.
So, when you’re ready for a new compact SUV, and you love the style, design and Italian flair of Italy, then the 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce AWD Hybrid SUV should be on your ride and drive list. As it’s one of the newest and best looking SUV’s for sale in the entire compact class over all of the other 2024 crossover models to date.
Call, click or visit your local Alfa Romeo dealer for a test drive, and a Bottom Line price review, on the new 2024 Alfa Romeo Tonale Veloce AWD Hybrid SUV. And remember that the base price for a new Tonale starts at only $42,995 and it’s a great SUV overall.
Be smart, stay safe and just breathe. Remember, You Are What You Drive, and maybe, just for those reasons alone, you should Drive one, Buy one, Today. Have a great day, take care, and enjoy the ride – Tony the Car Guy.
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