Alfa Romeo’s smallest crossover turns into a police car in Italy

Alfa Romeo’s smallest crossover turns into a police car in Italy

As part of the contract won by Stellantis, Alfa Romeo recently delivered the first unit of the Tonale police car to the Italian State Police. The event was held at the company’s headquarters in Turin in the presence of government officials, joined by the carmaker’s president.

It was said to the advantage “Ballistic and breakage protection,“The Alfa Romeo Tonale police car has the typical color mixing white, blue and a hint of the Italian flag. It comes equipped with emergency lights, radio and all the necessary equipment to help it fight crime. Its power is a 1.5-liter electric mill with 163 hp and a 7-speed automatic transmission.

In total, Stellantis will have to supply a total of 850 cars to the Italian State Police in the first half of 2024. The Tonale follows in the footsteps of other Alfa Romeos that have taken on this role over the decades, including the Giulia and its predecessor. And 159, in addition to the 1900 Super TI, Giulietta 1300, Giulia Super 1600, and others.

This isn’t Tonale’s first foray into the world of crime-fighting, as she also joined Italy’s Carabinieri earlier this year as part of a 400-car collection. Just like the one used by the State Police, it has the same engine in the same configuration, and takes less than eight seconds to reach 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph). There is partial armor on the deck, along with a slightly modified interior to house long firearms, bulletproof vets, the usual strobe and emergency lights, a siren, and Carabinieri outfits on the outside.

Alfa Romeo Tonale police car

Photo: Stellantis

The Alfa Romeo Tonale, the Dodge Hornet’s sibling, entered production last year. It’s built on the same platform as the second-generation Jeep Compass and sits below the Stelvio in the brand’s lineup. In the US, the company offers the car in three trim levels, including Sprint, Ti and Veloce. Pricing starts at $43,845 for the least expensive model, $46,155 for the mid-spec, and $50,195 for the top model, excluding a $1,595 destination charge.

Whichever you choose, all Tonale versions are powered by a 1.3-litre electric petrol motor that has a combined power of 285 hp. This model comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel drive system dating back to 77 mpg On average, regardless of grade.

The Dodge Hornet comes with a 268-hp 2.0-liter straight-four engine in GT and GT Plus trims, with a nine-speed automatic transmission and… SUV. Pricing starts at $31,400 and $36,400, respectively. The RT and R/T Plus both feature a 288-hp 1.3-liter hybrid engine and carry a suggested price of $41,400 and $46,400. Average fuel consumption for the latter two models is identical to that of the Alfa Romeo Tonale, while the more affordable versions deliver 24 mpg.

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