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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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    Patrolman25

    about 4 years ago

    178 Comments

    I want

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    Weberstudios

    about 4 years ago

    204 Comments

    I think It looks too futuristic. haha. Robocop anyone?

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    dino98

    about 4 years ago

    674 Comments

    It can handle running over curbs at 40mph? I'm liking that, although I'm not sure my kidneys will.

    I wonder how much room there will be inside after all the gadgets and equipment is stuffed in there.

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    Robocop33

    about 4 years ago

    14600 Comments

    JMS, the Carbon Motors E7 has lots of room. They stuck a 6' 10" Officer in one and he had plenty of leg and head room!

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    Bury

    about 4 years ago

    1340 Comments

    NICE, but I'll take my two wheel Honda ST1300 any day!

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    jms_campbell

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Why are all the car manufactures making smaller framed police cars? I am a big guy and I like the room the crown vic has, but I guess I will just have to get used to being cramped.

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    NYPDALT

    about 4 years ago

    3130 Comments

    Looks nice but I like the Crown Vic as well

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    Irishcop1961

    about 4 years ago

    45968 Comments

    Looks sharpe.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    I like the car basically but IS this is the one that speeds up uncontrollably? Last time it hit a brick wall according to the news cast I heard.

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    BSPD88

    about 4 years ago

    2204 Comments

    Still like the Crown Vic

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    shaun741

    about 4 years ago

    2758 Comments

    Nice car

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    Jonas

    about 4 years ago

    41144 Comments

    Way cool!

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    MIKE344

    about 4 years ago

    328 Comments

    Sweet!!!!!!!!!! ,very nice,hope to see a few in my department!!!!!!!!!!

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    varadarcop

    about 4 years ago

    566 Comments

    The Crown Vic has been meeting the 75mph rear crash test standard for years... the only car in the world that passes that test. Glad to see many features of the CV will carry over to the new PI, such as the ballistic panels, and more.
    PS: the ballistic panels will defeat a shotgun slug, a 7.62mm round, a .223 round and standard semi-auto rounds. A good friend to have in your door. Chevy and Dodge DONT offer it.

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    daniel102081

    about 4 years ago

    90 Comments

    hopefully by then I'll be in law enforcement, not saying I'll have this car, but it sure would be nice! :)

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