The first Jeep Renegade and Alfa Romeo Giulietta vehicles destined to join the fleets of the Crime Prevention Unit and of Police Stations were handed over yesterday at the Police Academy (Istituto Superiore di Polizia) in Rome at the presence of Police Chief, Franco Gabrielli, and Chief Operating Officer of the FCA EMEA Region, Alfredo Altavilla. A new Giulia Veloce, with a Highway Patrol outfit, which will become the official convoy outrunner, was also presented. The ceremony reasserted the time-honoured partnership that has tied FCA to the Italian State Police for nearly a century.
The Italian Police has successfully sampled the extraordinary features of the Jeep Renegade 2.0 Multjet 4×4 120 HP Sport, the best mid-size SUV in its category both off and on the road. Its dynamic capabilities and its proportions make it perfect for law enforcement activities in cities and hard-to-reach rural areas even in the toughest conditions. The 1.6 Multjet 120 HP version of Alfa Romeo Giulietta, with its performance and features, is the car that best expresses the need for quick action and security that the Police demand.
Today, with the presentation of the Giulia Veloce in Highway Patrol outfit, the Alfa Romeo fleet of the Italian State Police includes two cars with 2.0 turbo petrol 280 HP engine provided on loan for use basis, which will be used as official convoy outrunners.
The new Alfa Romeo fits a 2.0 turbo petrol engine delivering 280 HP at 5250 rpm and implements innovative Q4 technology developed to manage traction in real time to ensure the best in terms of performance, efficiency and security. In short, the system secures the advantages of all-wheel drive and at the same time guarantees fuel efficiency, reactivity and rear-wheel driving satisfaction. In addition to full comfort-related equipment, Giulia Veloce fits new and efficient active safety systems, such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) with Autonomous Emergency Brake (AEB) and pedestrian recognition, IBS (Integrated Brake System), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and cruise control with speed limiter.
Over the course of the year, the FCA Group has supplied many cars to the Italian Police to demonstrate the versatility of the range characterised by the country’s excellent technological know-how and best creative spirit: Fiat Tipo 5Doors for Prefectures and Police Headquarters, Fiat Panda 4×4 and Fiat Punto for Police Stations, Scudo and Doblò for Dog Units, and the Fiat Professional best-seller Ducato for transporting passengers and goods.
Alfa Romeo and the Italian State Police
For over half a century the Italian State Police has relying on Alfa Romeo cars and engines to enforce law and order. The Alfa Romeo 1900 T.I. was the first model to establish the “Police – Alfa Romeo” connection with its 100 HP, power and safety at the beginning of the 1950s. In 1955, the role of “panther”, as police cars are dubbed, passed from the 1900 to the fast Giulietta T.I. This model was followed by the Giulia with 1600 cubic centimetre engine that delivered 92 HP. In the 1960s, the Alfa Romeo “panther” line-up included coupé models, like the 2600 Sprint with Bertone bodywork, and vans, such as the Romeo II. Other Alfa Romeo models were to become “panthers” and become firmly established in the country’s collective imaginary, like the Alfetta, the New Giulietta, the Alfasud, the 33, the Alfa 90, the Alfa 75, the 156 and the 159, sedan and Sportwagon, to today’s Giulietta and Giulia Veloce.