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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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    Leddy610

    about 4 years ago

    204 Comments

    I love the new looks, but if Carbon Motors successfully markets their E7, I don't see how the new PI will be able to compete. The E7 is designed specifically for our job. Although I do love how the CVPI has treated me, I love the room that the E7 will provide (I'm 6'5", 240 lbs). We'll see. But, it will be nice to have 2 very nice options from which departments can choose.

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    pharrell1

    about 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    I have the new taurus SHO and let me tell you, she is a beast!!! Its all wheels drive twin turbo... only down fall ive noticed thus far is that it needs a massive brake upgrade... plenty of room both in the car and in the trunk... cant wait to see these things on the road...

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    TGman

    about 4 years ago

    594 Comments

    Looks kinda small

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    erikshirley

    about 4 years ago

    260 Comments

    Hope it holds up like the old crown vic

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    LCSO32

    about 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    Very Nice...

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    charlottedude120

    about 4 years ago

    228 Comments

    VERY NICE AS IT CALL BE.

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    creekcop

    about 4 years ago

    1056 Comments

    Does anyone know if this is front or rear wheel drive? I'm assuming it's front based on the taurus set up...? If that's the case, I'm not a fan.

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    gi_motor4

    about 4 years ago

    38 Comments

    I Likey. Maybe I should get back into Law Enforcement...........................

    Nope

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    CRfan1ne

    about 4 years ago

    54 Comments

    Looks really good

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    policeryan

    about 4 years ago

    852 Comments

    sounds awesome but i am still excited for the carbon motors e7

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    95Zcar

    about 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Although I will argue 184reitred's statement about Ford being the ultimate muscle car (Based on the number of Mousetangs I leave in my rear view mirror), I will say it appears that Ford has nailed it for a cruiser. Not mentioned here but what I have heard is that all the add ons from the Crown Vic like cage and consoles will transfer right over to the new Interceptor; adminstrators and bean counters will love that.

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    184retired

    about 4 years ago

    3806 Comments

    Nice.....Ford the ultimate muscle car!!!

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    chiefkcr

    about 4 years ago

    3620 Comments

    Looks and sounds good !

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    clevelandcavs2727

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    very nicccccccce

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    Ironpig

    about 4 years ago

    760 Comments

    I also have the wait and see approach here. I'm on the Carbon Motors ad hoc design team and considering what they're building for Carbon, Ford better come loaded for bear on this one just like Chevy. There's no problem getting in and out of a Carbon as the seat moves back (with the cage installed) to fit a man who's 6-8. The suicide doors are also big enough to load a rhino and we can't even try and compare the power. The only problem I see is the price. Ford and Chevy are using existing platforms where Carbon began from scratch. We'll see.

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