Alfa Romeo has launched its new premium compact SUV ‘Tonale’ in the global markets. The new premium compact SUV is positioned below Alfa Romeo’s flagship SUV Stelvio and debuts the use of NFT digital certificate, which is the first for a production car.
First production car to use NFT based on blockchain technology
The Alfa Romeo Tonale becomes the first car in the world to come equipped with an NFT (non-fungible token) digital certificate. Based on the blockchain concept, Tonale uses NFT to increase its residual value. NFTs usually are sued to indicate the ownership of a digital form of items, such as those belonging to the field of art, entertainment, sport, gaming or craft.
The use of NFT in Alfa Romeo Tonale is quite simplified. The Tonale will track the data of the vehicle, based on which it will generate a certificate that can be used as a guarantee of the vehicle’s overall status and behaviour in its overall term of usage. This will surely prove as an additional source of credibility for the user, whenever he wishes to sell his Tonale to some other person or car dealer.
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale – Other technologies
Apart from the use of NFT, the Tonale comes equipped with other modern features like a built-in Amazon Alexa voice assistant, which can enable to user to get his parcel delivered directly to his car. The Tonale also comes equipped with features like a 12.3-inch full TFT instrument console, 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, over-the-air software updates and a whole range of ADAS functions.
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale – Design
The Alfa Romeo Tonale has a got a smooth crossover-like styling, which looks quintessentially Italian. Targeted at younger audiences, the Tonale gets sleeker and horizontally laid ‘3+3’ LED headlamps, which use triple LED projectors and pay a tribute to the headlamp design of the Alfa Romeo SX launched in 1989. The traditional triangular ‘Tribolo’ grille sits in the middle of the front fascia, which along with the bumper inserts, gets a honeycomb mesh pattern. The round-themed gunmetal alloy wheels mimic the design of the wheels of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale from the 1960s.
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale – Engine and Transmission
The Alfa Romeo Tonale has been launched with three powertrain options, two of which are mild-hybrid engines and one is a plug-in hybrid. Talking about the mild-hybrid engines first, there is a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which is paired with a 48V electric motor and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This engine is available in two power output options – 130 bhp and 160 bhp.
Then comes the plug-in hybrid engine option, the base of which is a 1.3-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine from the Fiat 500. This engine powers the front wheels, while there is an additional electric motor that powers the rear wheels. In addition, the car gets a 15.5 kWh battery, which provides a range of 60-80 km of driving range in pure electric mode. The combined power output of the powertrain is rated at 275 bhp.
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale – Chassis
The Alfa Romeo Tonale is the last model in Alfa Romeo’s history to be based on the platform developed by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which is also shared with other compact models like Fiat 500X and Jeep Renegade. The Tonale is 4.53 meters long, 1.84 meters wide and 1.6 meters tall, which make it as big as its direct peers like Audi Q3, BMW X1, Mercedes Benz GLA and Volvo XC40.