Soon enough, some police officers in Italy would be chasing criminal in armored versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This comes as the Arma dei Carabinieri, an Italian military force charged with police duties, has ordered a fleet of 19 units of Jeep Grand Cherokee to keep them well-equipped to guard against criminals and catch them.
All-new, each of the newly ordered Jeep Grand Cherokee is dressed up and equipped to help the Carabanieri in their police work, especially in combating terrorism. The exterior of these special Jeep Grand Cherokee are wrapped in the force’s institutional blue livery, with clear and large Carabinieri letterings on the front and on the sides. Likewise, these special Jeep Grand Cherokee models come with all-new blue LED flashers on the tailgate, located beside the license plate.
To make these Jeep Grand Cherokee models capable of helping the Carabinieri, various parts were armored. These armored parts include the windscreen, side window and body, as well as their tires. Likewise, the suspension components of these tactical Jeep Grand Cherokees were reinforced, allowing them to have better on-road handling capabilities. As a result of these modifications, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been transformed into a tactical vehicle that doesn’t just offer superb mechanical reliability to take on any mission while ensuring that members of the Carabinieri are safe and sound.
Inside these new Jeep Grand Cherokee mobile units are special equipment as well as advanced technological systems employed by the Carabinieri. These systems include the Odino system that connects -- in real time to the joint databases -- of the Italian Police, the vehicle registration authorities as well as the ANIA (Associazione Nazionale fra le Imprese Assicuratrici or Italian Association of Insurance Companies). The Odino system comes with a seven-inch Android tablet located placed on sliding tracks on the dashboard.
Special fleet of 19 Jeep Grand Cherokee models for the Carabinieri is powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 Multijet diesel engine that delivers 190 hp of power output to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The first of these 19 Jeep Grand Cherokee models were recently delivered to the Italian Carabinieri in Rome. By the end of 2018, all 19 Jeep Grand Cherokee models would have been delivered – all performing their duties as part of the police force.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have been as supplier of mobile vehicles units for the Italian Carabinieri, starting after World War II when all patrol cars of this unit were Alfa Romeo models. In June 2018, Alfa Romeo turned over two Giulia Quadrifoglio units to the Carabinieri. In June, the Carabinieri started patrolling the streets with a fleet of Jeep Wranglers.