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SPOTTED: 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Q4 Plug-In PHEV:

New Plug-In Hybrid Electric C-Segment SUV Caught On Italian Roads...

The 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale is the first all-new vehicle from the Italian marque in 6 years. It also marks a big move for the brand to get involved with one of the most competitive segments in the automotive industry.

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With the first deliveries of the all-new 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Speciale models making their way to customers recently. The Tonale has only been available with the new turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four-cylinder gasoline mHEV engine first shown on the Jeep® Renegade and Compass e-Hybrid models. The new engine is part of the Stellantis Global Small Engine (GSE) or “FireFly” family, depending on where you are located. 

Just a couple of days ago, Alfa Romeo opened up orders for its new 1.6-liter inline-four-cylinder turbodiesel engine that pairs a 6-speed Alfa Romeo TCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. The combination is good for 130 horsepower and 236 ft.-lbs. (320 Nm) of torque.

Both engines have only been offered on front-wheel-drive models.

But if you want Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) capability in Europe, you will have to step up to the plug-in hybrid electric model. The Tonale’s Q4 PHEV powertrain integrates two electric motors and a 15.5-kWh battery pack (4.1-kWh bigger than the Jeep Renegade and Compass 4xe), with a fuel-efficient 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. This architecture provides two cars in one – a battery-electric vehicle featuring an electric motor and a high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack on the rear axle and a conventional vehicle with an internal combustion engine (ICE) fitted on the front axle, creating AWD.

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The Q4 system delivers a total output of 275 horsepower and makes the Q4 PHEV system the sportiest offering in its class-leading 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) acceleration in just 6.2 seconds. The Q4 PHEV system allows the Tonale to have an all-electric range of up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) in the city cycle and 37.2 miles (60 kilometers) when city and highway are combined.

A full-battery charge for the Tonale Q4 takes 2.5 hours when using the 7.4-kW fast charger.

The PHEV powertrain will also make its debut in the North American market in 2023, as well. There it will be offered with a turbocharged 2.0-liter GME-T4 inline-four-cylinder that is also paired with AWD.

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These recent spy photos of the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale Q4 PHEV were taken by our friends at GabetzSPYUnit. Showing us that Stellantis engineers are fine-tuning the new PHEV before it hits the market. This particular vehicle shot is a Ti-trimmed model. The Ti trim is the mid-range model that should be one of the more popular models in the lineup.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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