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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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  • Mustang_bullitt_gt_2001_30_max50

    Snipercop

    about 4 years ago

    214 Comments

    I would love one. My Crown is great but it's time to try something new. For crappy weather, FWD is much better than my Crown. Can't go anywhere in the snow with performance radials. Let's not throw out the baby with the bathwater. Give it a chance before you shoot it down. No one will be able to afford the Carbon Motors cars that everyone thinks is so wonderful. Dodge is OK on slick roads, but underpowered without the hemi. All of ours have had several fuel issues as well as cooling issues. The Charger was never meant to be a police car.

  • Cop_cat_max50

    Keetay

    about 4 years ago

    50 Comments

    It's not crap! Get over yourself! You would be in it in heartbeat if it was in front of ya and you know it, lol.

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    aldo0050

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I love to see all of you saying how wonderful it looks, and i agree it looks great. Lets remember FRONT WHEEL DRIVE AND EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPS DO NOT MIX. The majority of officers on the road are never even explained how to "load" the front end prior to a high speed turn in a front wheel drive police vehicle in a pursuit. It's all about training, and we all know that means money. Stick to what is proven over and over. Rear wheel drive, and horsepower. Thats what catches the badguys!!!!!!!

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    aldo0050

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    I love to see all of you saying how wonderful it looks, and i agree it looks great. Lets remember FRONT WHEEL DRIVE AND EMERGENCY VEHICLE OPS DO NOT MIX. The majority of officers on the road are never even explained how to "load" the front end prior to a high speed turn in a front wheel drive police vehicle in a pursuit. It's all about training, and we all know that means money. Stick to what is proven over and over. Rear wheel drive, and horsepower. Thats what catches the badguys!!!!!!!

  • _cid_a925d91c73f849688ce353e19212dac0_pat_max50

    SCOP_1

    about 4 years ago

    28 Comments

    Seems to me that the only dept that used them as a standard was NYPD Traffic (aka the Brownies). It may look mean, but the Taurus has always been considered a piece of crap by road officers. Seems that Ford is taking a page out of Congresses play book. If they don't like it, ignore them and force it upon them. I also am looking at Carbon Motors.

  • Dsci1209_max50

    fernandez

    about 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    i agree dodge is better

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    swatj10

    about 4 years ago

    760 Comments

    Looks cool however I dig the Dodge Charger Hemi

  • Raquel_s_8th_bday___friends_917_max50

    Tina61S9

    about 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    NO FRONT WHEEL DRIVE! Doesnt Ford listen to anyone in the LE community??? Maybe they oughta talk to the folks at Carbon Motors...where REAL police cars will roll off the line in 2012....

  • 69449_1211356382103_1774586232_374199_4168085_n_1__max50

    gheil

    about 4 years ago

    478 Comments

    Just as long as it doesn't blow up and burn the officer(s) inside during a rear end collision.

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    TACLICK

    about 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    Looks pretty cool, but pretty expesive at the same time im sure. Still a fan of the Charger. We drive F150s at our department so I guess it dont matter. haha

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    bobrowski

    about 4 years ago

    32 Comments

    i honestly don't like the design,the room inside,or the fact of the front wheel drive it will be a high maintnance car it should not be considered a police intercepter if its a turbo engine

  • Mandy_and_me_max50

    FCPD0341

    about 4 years ago

    792 Comments

    Yeah I am sure with our budget debacle we will get one of those around the time I am retiring

  • 707168ad30b8a8c4_max50

    RLC939

    about 4 years ago

    366 Comments

    I can't give an opinion either way...I am stuck with my 2007 CV for the next 3 years....all I can do is look, maybe the 2013 version will be more updated!

  • 66012229676ps_max50

    ridethelightning2008

    about 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    I think it looks great! I still love those Dodge Charger squad cars though, especially the unmarked ones.

  • Layneesue_max50

    kayleejenkins

    about 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    I'm a fan of the new Caprice. Looks real sharp and more efficient than the ones out now. I like the Impala's, also. But this new car looks mean and very intimidating. Sounds good to me!

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