Initial, Alfa Romeo Tonale is expected to offer multiple engine options in the US. But now, European Automotive News reported that the automaker’s CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato said Alfa had changed its mind. Now, the Tonale plug-in hybrid will be the only version sold here.
An Alfa Romeo spokesperson said the decision was motivated by the need to reduce emissions in California and other CARB-compliant states. California introduced its proposed Enhanced Clean Auto Regulations II in August of this year, which are still awaiting formal approval. Under the new regulations, carmakers’ share of zero-CO2 vehicles will have to increase to 35% by 2026 and 100% by 2035.
As Imparato puts it, the Tonale PHEV “is more than just another powertrain; it is an existential need.
The now-cancelled 2.0-liter turbocharged Tonale makes 256 horsepower and has all-wheel drive, which would probably make it an interesting small crossover. However, the PHEV will make even more power, making a total of 275 hp from a 177 hp turbocharged inline three-cylinder engine and a 122 hp electric motor.
That said, if you still want a non-hybrid Tonale, Dodge will still be happy to sell you a new wasp. It is closely related to Tonale, decided to sell it sad report Alfa Romeo. And while you can certainly see a few differences, the two look so similar, we understand why. Then again, it’s hard to imagine that there would be much overlap between potential Dodge and Alfa Romeo buyers.
Alfa started taking orders for the Tonale plug-in hybrid this week, arriving in Europe in the first quarter of next year for the first time. Tonales US-spec will arrive a few weeks later.