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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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  • Img_0338_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Looks good, but I'm worried about the comfort level inside of the car, especially with a cage inside of it. I hope it's really huge in the inside & still cranks out the same power as the CVPI or better. Durability is must have too!! Let's just wait & see till it's on the real test track, the streets.

  • Tobys1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    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??

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


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

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 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.

  • Blue_line_heart_max50


    over 4 years ago


    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.

  • Iii_max50


    over 4 years ago


    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.

  • 720268037_m_max50


    over 4 years ago


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

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

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

  • Image_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Wow nice car.

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 4 years ago


    "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.

  • Christmas_picture_1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Interesting, but I like the Charger and Vic.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 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.

  • Images_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    This thing is sweet, I would drive one.

  • Silver_warrior_max50


    over 4 years ago


    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.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


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

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