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When Alfa Romeo introduced the 2021 Giulia and Stelvio in December, the company noted they would be joined by the “upcoming PHEV Tonale, which will start production next year.”

While the company has been tight-lipped about the crossover, Motor.es is reporting the Tonale will be introduced this fall.

While nothing is official, the publication says there will be a Tonale Launch Edition and it will go on sale in November. The standard model will apparently arrive shortly thereafter in early 2022.

Also Read: Alfa Romeo Tonale Is A Sexy Preview Of A New Compact Crossover

Previewed by a concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Tonale will slot beneath the Stelvio and become the brand’s entry-level crossover. Needless to say, there’s a lot riding on it as Alfa’s return to the United States hasn’t been a roaring success as the brand only sold 18,292 units in America last year.

The production Tonale will reportedly echo the concept, but feature revised lighting units and more traditional side mirrors. The interior is said to largely carryover, but some of the more extreme elements will likely be dropped.

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but will reportedly be shared with the Jeep Renegade. If that’s the case, the plug-in hybrid variant should have a turbocharged 1.3-liter petrol engine with outputs of 128 hp (96 kW / 130 PS) and 178 hp (132 kW / 180 PS).

The engine is backed up by an 11.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which powers an electric motor that develops 59 hp (44 kW / 60 PS). This gives the plug-in hybrid Renegade combined outputs of 187 hp (140 kW / 190 PS) and 237 hp (176 kW / 240 PS). Of course, the most important number is an electric-only range of approximately 26 miles (42 km) in the WLTP cycle.

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The Hastings-on-Hudson Police Department in Westchester County, New York, has added a Tesla Model Y to its fleet of police cars. While the Model 3 has been used as a police vehicle before, this is the first Model Y to be officially revealed as a police vehicle.

The department announced on Facebook that it’s “the first Model Y that has been outfitted with lights, sirens, and a radio for police use – in the whole country (maybe even the world!).” They also say the Model Y has been equipped with a low-profile Whelen CenCom Core Lighting system that features automation and remote connectivity.

As of recent, we have begun to see more an more of Tesla’s vehicles being used for public services. Notable examples include this Model 3 taxi in NYC, as well as as a Model S police car in California, a Model X police car in Australia , and a Cybertruck been ordered by the police in Dubai.

Read: We Could See Rivian R1S And R1T Working As Police Cruisers (But PD’s Budgets Might Not)

It should be noted that this Model Y won’t be serving as a patrol car but will be assigned to the detective division. That seems to stem mainly from an efficiency and range anxiety standpoint, since the type of driving patrol cars do is more conducive to a heavy fluctuation in range, and the type of driving done by detectives is likely more controlled and calm.

In addition, this is not the first Model Y to be used as a police car, just the first to be officially unveiled. Police departments in Fremont, California and Spokane, Washington have also been testing out the idea, but have yet to officially unveil the cars to the public.

See Also: Tesla Cybertruck Rendered In Police, Ambulance, And Other Forms

The Model Y in question is a Long Range model, and the Hastings-on-Hudson Police Department estimates a saving of $8,525 in gasoline costs over five years. While it might not sound like much, as more electric vehicles are introduced to the fleet those savings will start to add up. It still begs the question, though, if the extra cost of the Model Y is worth it over the other options.

Automakers require a steady stream of content for their social media channels and sometimes it’s not exactly well thought-out.

BMW USA appears to have joined that club as the company reportedly posted this video on Instagram, before deleting it.

As you can see, it features an M2 racing around a track as its odometer turns from 2020 to 2021. The clip was designed to celebrate the New Year, but that’s not why it’s drawing attention.

Also Read: BMW M2 CS Goes Official With 444 HP, A Six-Speed Manual And Carbon Fiber Galore

If you turn on the sound while watching the video, you’ll hear something other than a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six. It’s not entirely clear which engine the soundtrack was taken from, but it sounds suspiciously Italian and like something with a few more cylinders. Redditors have speculated it is Lamborghini’s V10 but, regardless, it’s no M2.

While the lack of a verified check mark raised a few questions about the authenticity of the video, a little digging suggests BMW USA did post the clip on multiple social media sites before deleting it. In fact, it still remains live on a handful of pages for BMW dealerships.

Needless to say, it’s a little embarrassing and fans were quick to call the company out. However, some people have suggested the clip was created by a third-party or a hapless intern and that seems reasonable enough. Of course, someone likely had to approve the video before it ended up on social media.

That being said, it’s not the worst thing in the world as the clip was created as a fun way to the mark the beginning of 2021. It backfired, but it’s not exactly the first time enthusiasts have complained about artificial noises.

 

 

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