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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 the 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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