Catching Ladri and Locking Them Up … In Your Community

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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Or, at least, Italian communities. In an unexpected benefit of Fiat Chrysler and its Italian-American relations, a few of the Arma dei Carabinieri are being outfitted with armored Jeep Grand Cherokees. Nineteen of them, to be precise.

With power going to all four wheels, Italian cops should be able to chase their quarry clear across Trevi Fountain. All it needs are some Boadicea wheel attachments.

In case you’re wondering why these Jeeps aren’t slathered with seafoam green and white livery, it’s due to Italy’s unique arrangement of law enforcement. Carabinieri are a military police force, a Gendarmerie-like group governed by the Ministry of Defense, with military and civilian duties. The Polizia di Stato is similar to other civilian police forces and is governed by the Ministry of Interior.

With that out of the way, we can tell you all of these rigs are — in the finest European tradition — powered by diesel. That’s the 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 making 190 horsepower, in case you’ve forgotten. You probably have, since FCA currently treats diesel in North America with the same suspicion our Associate Editor would give to a rat that suddenly appeared in his apartment.

(This is true, and I’m gonna git that sucker – Ed.)

Armored bits on these GCs include unspecified body panels (can’t give too much away, I guess), plus bullet-resistant windows and tires. The suspension components of these tactical Jeep have been appropriately beefed up, allowing them to endure the armor’s extra weight.

Inside, the units have been fortified with all manner of extra electronics befitting official duty. A tablet mounted atop the 8.4 uConnect screen reminds this author that the new 12-inch unit currently wowing new Ram customers, which will likely see duty in a host of other FCA vehicles as soon as the company figures out supply issues. Engineer I am not, but it sure looks like the new jumbrotron would fit the GC’s dash without moving too many – if any – hard points.

These aren’t the first rigs FCA has supplied to the Carabinieri. Jeep Wranglers have been patrolling the coast since June, while those on the pavement beat have been enjoying a pair of Giulia Quadrifoglios for a couple of years now. They are not equipped with Boadiceas.

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Peeryog OK , my fault. But there were a number of inadvertent scatalogical references in the original post. To which, having the intellectual maturity of a 12 year old boy, I snickered.
  • Ajla People that buy a new Silverado or Sierra without a V8 are like the people that get salmon at Peter Luger.
  • MKizzy The Mazda 6 wagon needs to be brought here pronto. Sexy looks aside, it would look less out of place in Mazda's CUV lineup vs the sedan, and since Mazda wants to go "premium," wagon customers tend to be the most affluent (if Daimer-Benz is to be believed). My second choice is the attractive Hyundai i40 wagon, which would replace the defunct VW Sportwagon in the small/mid size wagon niche.
  • Carlson Fan GM needs new leadership. A 9000lb off-road vehicle???? Don't get that thing stuck in a remote area.Imagine if they had brought back the iconic K5 Blazer name and built something to compete with the Wrangler like Ford did with the Bronco. They could have offered that with an electric power train in addition to the gas models. Ford may have some quality issues right now but whoever is steering that ship knows what they are doing. The Bronco & Maverick where both brilliant ideas.
  • Carlson Fan "But it does give General Motors an opportunity to dangle a diesel in front of the faces of consumers and presumably one that yields better gas mileage than the 6.2-liter V8 they’d otherwise be buying."I'll take the 6.2 thank you. The diesel offers some advantages over gas if you use the truck for towing, lower total cost of ownership isn't one of them. I'll add in the gas engine offers better long term reliability & cold weather performance if you live where it snows like me.