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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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  • Ferret_max50

    Talon

    over 4 years ago

    638 Comments

    Sharp looking vehicle and interesting safety features ... I'm willing to drive anything once.

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    CwsC

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Wait for chevy to come out with their new one and it will laugh at the vic sorry ford

  • Dsc_0161_max50

    jdaughtry

    over 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    Man can I test one out PLEASE !!

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    woodya

    over 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    They will lose a lot of business after dropping the Crown Vic. We have nothing but bad with any front wheel drive vehicle. A lot of departments have advised Ford to not drop the Vic. They basically advised they don't care, it is a done deal. There is no room in the Taurus based vehicle for the driver or prisoner. Chevy is bringing out a pursuit vehicle and probably take over the market. I love a Ford and shame they are going to let the company go down hill. Maybe they are looking for a stimulus from give a way bonga.

  • 6921071_max50

    Rookie13

    over 4 years ago

    2484 Comments

    Carbon Motors E7 does look nicer, but I think it's way more expensive.

  • 21122007861_max50

    delvic_25

    over 4 years ago

    372 Comments

    AMAZING

  • Bringiton_max50

    Fullmetal

    over 4 years ago

    28 Comments

    Looks awesome! I'd drive one. I love Ford.

  • Ship_patch_max50

    KB3MMX

    over 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    The Carbon motors E7 looks way nicer than this thing.
    Seems like there are some good ideas in this vehicle though, like the seat cut outs for your duty belt and stab plates to protect driver & passenger sides..

  • Nypd_max50

    wannabcop11

    over 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    I could care less for this Ford Junk!!! BRING ON THE CAPRICE!!!

  • 49bfaae2b36120ea_max50

    markusr

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    That is nice i mean crown vics been around for ever but it 2010 police depts can do a lil upgrading an this would be a great investment

  • Absolutelawenf_max50

    ksphatcop

    over 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    looks like an Impala :) haha. I would still rather have a Caprice.

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    recuit

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    well that tooo much cause just waste of money

  • Snapshot_e_max50

    j_mrhoads

    over 4 years ago

    124 Comments

    expensive or not thats what i want to be able to drive wen i finally get to the finish line of schoolwork and am eligable for hiring.... then again with myy heavy foot might not be a smart idea LOL

  • Img00039_max50

    bfriskey

    over 4 years ago

    980 Comments

    I have to admit, I'm biased, BUT I WANT ONE .American Company, no GOVERNMENT bail out, ( we only pay for it ONCE!) and a powerful beast of a cruiser. I agree, a little more room would be nice..Always trading space, fuel economy, weight, and handling- This is the Hungry Man's Cruiser / F22 of the modern era.I can hear it growling.
    Let's wait to see how they managed the new gen electronic requirements of LE..
    BUMP SGT_FITZ

  • 4_max50

    VegasCop

    over 4 years ago

    36 Comments

    Too bad nobody has the budget for this thing.

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