Alfa Romeo Tonale Hybrid With Partial Armor Joins Italy’s Police Force

1 year ago - 3 July 2023, motor1
Alfa Romeo Tonale Hybrid With Partial Armor Joins Italy’s Police Force
The company will deliver 400 crossovers to the Carabinieri.

The Alfa Romeo Tonale is joining the Carabinieri, Italy’s police force. The automaker will deliver 400 hybrid crossovers to the agency between July and late 2024, and they will join the mobile radio unit that operates throughout the country.

The Tonale hybrid uses an electrified 1.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 163 horsepower that pairs with the automaker’s seven-speed TCT dual-clutch automatic transmission. The crossovers will wear the mobile radio unit’s traditional red-and-blue livery with a white roof.

Alfa Romeo redesigned the crossover’s cabin so officers could fit specific equipment like bulletproof vests and firearms. The police-ready Tonale also has a single cell for secure prisoner transport, flashing blue LED lights, a two-tone electric siren, and partial armor to protect the officers.

Alfa Romeo redesigned the crossover’s cabin so officers could fit specific equipment like bulletproof vests and firearms. The police-ready Tonale also has a single cell for secure prisoner transport, flashing blue LED lights, a two-tone electric siren, and partial armor to protect the officers.

Alfa hasn’t been the only automaker to supply the Carabinieri with vehicles over the years. In 2015, SEAT delivered the Leon to the organization, which arrived with a retuned suspension and all the kit required by law enforcement agencies, like armor, emergency lights, and more.

Police departments worldwide use various makes and models for duty, and the lineup is ever-changing. In the US, you’ll find the Ford Explorer and Dodge Charger as popular choices, but electric vehicles are also starting to pop up in rearview mirrors. And some departments will always be eager to add high-performance cars to their fleets to ensure they can keep up with the quickest criminals.

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