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2012 Police Interceptor Unveiled by Ford

2012 Police Interceptor Unveiled by Ford

Ford says this Taurus-based Police Interceptor Concept will exceed the durability, safety and performance of the Ford Crown Victoria, which is being phased out. (Ford photo)

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

March 13, 2010

“We are very optimistic that with this vehicle … we could even gain on that” level of market share, Czubay said.

General Motors, Chrysler and Connersville, Ind.-based Carbon Motors plan to increase their market share or launch new police cars.

Chrysler has set a goal of expanding its police car market share from 17% to 40% in the next 12 to 18 months with its rear-wheel drive Dodge Charger patrol car.

And, in October, GM announced plans to introduce the Chevrolet Caprice police car in 2011. GM said the new Caprice will offer V8 or V6 engines.

Ford also is offering two engine options: A 3.5-liter V6 engine with 263 horsepower and a 3.5-liter direct-injection turbocharged EcoBoost engine with 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.

Ford’s Crown Victoria Police Interceptor has been popular with police departments because of its rigid, full-frame construction and rear-wheel drive transmission, all for a relatively low price, said Jim Hall, managing director of 2953 Analytics in Birmingham.

“The bottom line is they have a police car that defines the American police car,” Hall said. “Police departments love it for a million reasons, including its durability.”

Ford executives said the new vehicle is more durable and performs better than the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

“We routinely run over 8-inch curbs at 40 m.p.h. to validate suspension strength,” said Scott Tobin, Ford’s vehicle line director for product development.

Fields also said the new vehicle is the only police car on the market that can withstand a rear-end collision at 75 m.p.h. The seats have areas cut out to accommodate utility belts, and the interior has space for standard police equipment.

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    JonH7

    11 months ago

    144 Comments

    Nice interceptor!

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    Anonymous

    12 months ago

    Cool car, but too bad that it's basically a fwd car... And yes, it is "technically" awd, but it's just not the same as a rwd car...

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    Sgt_Hondo402

    12 months ago

    94 Comments

    This new interceptor has real sweet lines. Several Police agencies in So. Illinois utilize these cars

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    IDEALIST

    about 1 year ago

    12382 Comments

    nice

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    Mongo1

    about 1 year ago

    342 Comments

    My First ford was a Galaxy 500 and would stall the engine if I put the lights and Siren on. Top speed was about 70 and took two football fields to stop. It was great, something about your first, will always be special.

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    justmax

    over 1 year ago

    34 Comments

    This is badass car in person belleville has few is going replace all units. I wish sheriff dept hookup with these.

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    kalderman

    over 1 year ago

    6 Comments

    those look awesome!

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    Anonymous

    over 1 year ago

    They are nice to drive

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    snhadley

    over 1 year ago

    1186 Comments

    We picked up a few of them. They are SWEET!

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    HijoDeDiosMRM

    over 1 year ago

    346 Comments

    I can't wait to see one.This seems to be a really nice one.I've seen videos of the new Chevrolet Impala and the Carbon.I think that it's going to be a while before I see any of these in my area.

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    excop23260

    over 1 year ago

    786 Comments

    Sem to be OKAY rides. Henrico County (VA) started rolling out marked 2013 Taurus pursuit cars in September, 2012. The first ones I have seen are marked for Sergeants. HPD has a near-total 'take-home-car" program, and saves bunches of money by mainitaining cars in very good condition instead of constantly buying newer ones to replace cars trashed by SOME officers..

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    swatj10

    over 1 year ago

    760 Comments

    The Carbondale Police have been seen cruising the streets in these. They are a spin off of the Taurus

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    KWallace1611

    over 1 year ago

    34 Comments

    I'm not completely certain but I may have seen one of these patrolling yesterday.

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    warose

    over 1 year ago

    496 Comments

    on side by side comparison i would rather have the new chevy caprice.

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    Spectre3

    over 1 year ago

    12802 Comments

    This is a sweet looking car. I think I retired too early.

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