Is the Citroen C4 Picasso the best car for the National Police?

Although sea rush in some cases, National Police remains confident Citroen C4 Picasso as standard patrol car . The news is delivering Citroen thousand units C4 Picasso to the National Police by the Spanish subsidiary of Citroen, in a ceremony held in Madrid in the presence of the Director of the National Police and the Minister of Interior. We could end here, but what we ask is from motor if the Citroen C4 Picasso is truly the best car for the National Police .

How are C4 Picasso handed over to the National Police?

All C4 will be equipped with Picasso HDi 120 engine associated with an automatic transmission.

The thousand units delivered to national security body are identical and correspond to C4 Picasso hatchback. In all cases they are equipped with the 120 engine BlueHDi – 1.6 HDi 120 CV – and an automatic change of torque converter and six relations. A combination course comfortable and energy efficient main reasons given by the National Police to renew the contract with Citroen. Nor can we forget the historical relationship with Citroen , which dates back to the time of the BX.

citroen-c4-picasso-policia-1 The 942 units delivered to the National Police have been acquired on lease by the company LeasePlan, and after four years of use, will be returned to LeasePlan. Imagine the body to be offered up the option to buy at the end of the period, but will be renovated. The vehicles are equipped with a police kit called “Z”, adapted by Tecnove Security in Ciudad Real. talked about lighting and police communications, plus rear seat adapted to transport detainees.

Are the most appropriate vehicle?

know that diesel cars are not the most suitable for urban use only.

are vehicles manufactured in Spain, almost fundamental requirement to tip the balance against other alternatives. As vehicles manufactured in Spain, a necessary condition is expected in public tenders of the National Police, the alternatives are few: Peugeot, Renault, Nissan, Volkswagen and SEAT are the only brands that manufacture vehicles in Spain. The choice of Citroën predictably responds to historical reasons, besides presenting the best technical and economic .

citroen-c4-picasso-policia-3 not know the details of the tender, but the only point squeaky – from my point of view – in the choice of vehicle is the m otor turbodiesel chosen by the National Police . We know that a diesel engine is not the best option on vehicles whose use will be predominantly urban. By nature, nitrogen oxide emissions will be higher, despite being equipped with a system SCR to injects AdBlue on its exhaust gas cleaning most oxides issued nitrogen.

By packaging space and the choice of a Citroen C4 Picasso is hardly improved.

I understand that space-size ratio Citroen C4 Picasso – manufactured in Vigo – is one of the most interesting vehicles for the police, with the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur – The SEAT Altea we have stopped manufacturing – cars with less interior space. I can also understand the adoption of an automatic gearbox in the Citroen C4 Picasso: besides comfort in city traffic, releases a large amount of space in the center console , and the lever is mounted on the steering column.

c4-policia-al-agua-2 Before, the police used these C4 Picasso of the previous generation.

Perhaps my only complaint about this decision is not to have equipped the Citroën C4 Picasso of a gasoline engine inherently cleaner than diesel. Citroën offered in C4 Picasso’s powerful 1.6 THP 165 hp in combination with automatic transmission , at a price of only € 560 rate higher than the engine BlueHDi 120. While maintenance costs are borne by the contract with LeasePlan, their consumption will exceed themselves (homologous an average of 5.6 l / 100 km), and they must fully assume the National Police.

Still, I think it would be a better choice and allow us to have cleaner cities. Optimally, I think best suited for the engine C4 police Picasso would be PureTech three cylinders , a turbocharged gasoline with 130 hp and more than adequate for urban traffic performance engine – besides standardizing an average consumption of 5.0 l / 100 km – but not available with automatic transmission. And all this article to argue that the police should have charged cars with gasoline engines.

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