The Gendarmerie had announced a contract with the Spanish brand at the end of 2020, but has already put an end to the collaboration.
This is a collaboration that will not last. While the National Gendarmerie announced last fall that Seat had won its tender to replace the Renault Mégane RS of the rapid intervention brigade (BRI), it seems that the contract has already been broken.
Indeed, the Gendarmerie confirmed to West France that after the first 17 Seat Leon Cupra produced at the end of 2020, none would be delivered in 2021. The contract had already been controversial at the time, some criticizing the abandonment of French brands by the police, even though the Spanish police ordered many vehicles from Peugeot.
On the other hand, it would seem that the Gendarmerie now wants to turn to fast hybrid vehicles, to play this role of controlling excessive speeding on the highway. Specifications that would explain the sudden stop of orders for Seat Leon Cupra, while the BRI wants to acquire 50 additional fast vehicles.
Cupra Leon e-Hybrid vs. Peugeot 508 PSE?
If the Gendarmerie wishes to embark on the path of the hybrid, several options are available to it. First, if relations with Seat remained good, it could turn to the new Cupra Leon e-Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid version of the new Cupra Leon. Always efficient with its 245 hp, it is capable of around 60 km of autonomy in electric mode, reaching 100 km / h in 6.7 seconds, and a maximum speed of 225 km / h. It is available from € 39,600.
But if, to silence the controversies, the Gendarmerie decides to return to French manufacturers, the Peugeot 508 PSE seems to be a ready candidate. If the French sedan is much more expensive (from € 67,100), it is also more efficient. With 360 hp, it delivers 0 to 100 km / h in 5.2 seconds, on the way to a top speed limited to 250 km / h. Its autonomy in 100% electric mode is, however, shorter, at 42 km. But it’s a safe bet that this criterion is not the most important for the gendarmes.
To be continued.