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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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    matsnap

    over 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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    SkoolCop

    over 4 years ago

    4586 Comments

    I am skeptical of anything based on a Ford Taurus. A V-6 and a "turbocharged EcoBoost engine" as powerplant options? They do not say if the latter is a V-6 with the turbo option or a V-8. I have heard that it is only a V-6 on steroids. Sorry, if it aint got a V-8, it won't last with what we do with our cars. A V-6 or a V-6 on steroids is still just a V-6. (BTW, I say the same thing about the Dodge Charger with a V-6) It will work too hard and simply not perform despite what Ford is saying and at a much higher maintenance cost per unit. Keep in mind that they will say anything to sell a car. I like the reported crash results but have yet to see any proof that it will perform as advertised. The same with driving up curbs at 40 mph...... just a bit on the hard to believe side of the fence. The duty belt cutouts is a concept and design thieved from the Carbon Motors. Overall, I don't like or care for the car.

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    Depdawg226

    over 4 years ago

    6860 Comments

    LOOKS LIKE IT WOULD MAKE ONE MEAN "PACE CAR" @ DAYTONA !

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    Madison7940

    over 4 years ago

    180 Comments

    looks sharp and i am sure it is fast but will there be any comfort?

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    Murdawg

    over 4 years ago

    1176 Comments

    Wow!!I I need to order one hehehe LOL. I use to have a '99 Police package crown vic, which was the best car I ever owned, now I have an '06 Dodge Charger, which I cannot stand personally, it's only a v6 imagine that. Anywayz, way to go FORD and just putting in my 2cents for what it's worth.

    -Jason

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    pudhcat

    over 4 years ago

    2522 Comments

    Looks great for a Ford but I wonder how much leg room this is going to offer being a Taurus body. Alot of our guys need a can open to extract themselves out of our marked Chevy Impalas and we got rid of our unmarked Taurus' because they were too small inside leg room wise. The package sounds good but.....at least our tall folks still have their F150's and suv's

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    chrissanders

    over 4 years ago

    5232 Comments

    I would still rather have the Charger. Don't really think a Taurus based vehicle would be better than the Charger.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Wow...Can't wait to see if I get a chance to drive it....looks sharp.

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    Badazz_Rebel_Cop1123

    over 4 years ago

    826 Comments

    I would rather have a Dodge charger or a chevy camaro....hell with this piece of crap

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    buck63

    over 4 years ago

    324 Comments

    If it is going to be the size of the Taurus then I don't know. I am 6'3 230pds I don't know how comfortable it will be riding around with a vest and a full duty belt on for 12 hours is going to be, plus the cage behind the seat not allowing the driver to lean their seat back enough.

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    CBPD607

    over 4 years ago

    264 Comments

    Not the Taurus again.........that didn't work the first time! The return of the Caprice brings a tear to my eye. Love that battle wagon!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Hell yah.

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    jdob02

    over 4 years ago

    116 Comments

    I want one.. ha ha.. but my department will only get one once they are about 5 years old.. ha ha down fall of a small town...

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    jdob02

    over 4 years ago

    116 Comments

    I want one.. ha ha.. but my department will only get one once they are about 5 years old.. ha ha down fall of a small town...

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    gmiley

    over 4 years ago

    118 Comments

    bout time the boys in blue get something to work with

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