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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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    kowa

    about 4 years ago

    578 Comments

    I'm curious as to how the tall guy's will fare? My guy is 6'5" and 280 lb... He has problems with his crown vic... Hmmm.....a shoehorn and lube maybe??

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    about 4 years ago

    6748 Comments

    Oooooh look at the preeetty lights..... Yup, it's preeetty!

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    On the bright side, Taze, it's not the old 1980/1990s Taurus; it's the newer Ford 500 that they got rid of and rebadged as the Taurus. Still...pardon me while I go all Tim Allen and grunt happily for a few moments.

    Me likey.

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    Iprintem

    about 4 years ago

    230 Comments

    After being at an agency where we lost 2 officers to high speed rear end collisions in the Crown Vic, I would withhold my approval until AFTER THEY put their butts in the drivers seat then crashed it at 75 mph and then don't end up dead. I wouldn't care to put anymore officers in any more danger that they are already in.

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    ill_taze_u_bro

    about 4 years ago

    2846 Comments

    Big draw back for me is that it's on the Taurus frame, but I will give it the wait and see before I pass final judgement. I will tell you this, I'll hold on to my crown vic as long as I can.

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    Cajun_Cowboy

    about 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    I'm 6"2" 245 lbs, with vest and duty belt I'll have to be like Hudini to get out of this car.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    I nice car, I would hope,we could have such a car here in Germany as a Police car.

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    usa_24

    about 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    Wow nice car.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    about 4 years ago

    6948 Comments

    "Bump" cf6k14

    I too have had a lot of problems with my Crown Vic's AM/FM radio system. But..!! Like you, I still love the heck out of my faithful work horse.

    Would personally like to see Ford stick with the Crown Vic beyond the year 2011.

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    diderr

    about 4 years ago

    66 Comments

    Interesting, but I like the Charger and Vic.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Awesome, love Fords. Loved my Crown Vic. The only problem I had with them was the AM/FM radio kept going out on them. Can't wait to phase out the Chevy Impala's in our fleet. Looking forward to seeing what the SUV is going to be like. In Montana, it would be a better choice for our department.

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    FutureLawMan83

    about 4 years ago

    562 Comments

    This thing is sweet, I would drive one.

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    Beowulf_7

    about 4 years ago

    712 Comments

    On the Taurus Sedan structure. . . .so does that mean that it is front wheel drive? No frame? Yeah, the suspension may be able to handle those 8 inch curbs but what happens to the body without a frame. How many curbs do you get to go over before it goes down the road sideways? Ford has taken GM's playbook and worked it right on through. You take something that is just about correct and then drop it to replace it with an inferior product to have to start the process all over again.

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    theshieldman2000

    about 4 years ago

    578 Comments

    sorry......Im a chevy man. It looks sharp though!

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    matsnap

    about 4 years ago

    482 Comments

    It looks expensive, but sounds like it will be worth the money. If it's built on the Taurus structure, it might be uncomfortable for taller officers.

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