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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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  • Wings_max50

    copper5817

    about 4 years ago

    892 Comments

    I want one! That is if it really does what they say...doubtful, but it sounds cool! It's about time someone did a cutout for those belts...

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    buck

    about 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    nice vehicle

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    Hudzilla68

    about 4 years ago

    10 Comments

    Looks nice, sounds nice, but how much more is it going to be?

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    TGOOS566

    about 4 years ago

    218 Comments

    not being a commissioned police officer i doubt i will ever get the chance to drive one of these, how ever i am a police car buff and i think that ford might be one the right track,i had the opportunity to drive a 89 mustang pursuit vehicle, as a buddy of mine in the natyional guard was a dps officer i got to drive his old car back to his house while he was in his newer car, i have always wanted to get my hands on a decommissioned police vehicle but they are hard to get ahold of in my community, "Ford keep prividing the best technolgy for our police officer, sheriff deputy's and state troopers

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    extremeforce1

    about 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    im going to go out and get arrested so i can get a ride in one of those beautys.im wondering if there going to be available to the public.years ago i had an 1989 taurus sho 5 speed and that car was fast so im thinking this one is going to rip yeah i think i need one lol

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    JMeaders

    about 4 years ago

    46 Comments

    I'm going to end the whining that I keep reading about cars being too small. First off I'm 6'10" and weigh 215lbs. While working as a cadet for the Redding Police Department I regularly drove a CV marked patrol car. I fit just fine in the front compartment. The back is a different story. At one point the department considered the Charger and had one sent out for evaluation. I was called to sit in the front and rear compartments to see how much room there was. I fit in the rear compartment with little discomfort and the front compartment was fairly roomy. This new Taurus body Interceptor sounds like a great concept and sounds like Ford has finally gotten the bigger picture of making a purpose built vehicle. The car looks big enough to offer room in the front compartment for taller officers and still have enough room in the back for the prisoner to be somewhat comfortable (who cares). I still have yet to see the Carbon E7 and the Impalas are a joke. As far as looks go this new Ford Interceptor looks purposed. I mean that saying you can tell it is a police car. It doesn't looks vicious like the Chargers do but it doesn't look like a pushover. You could say it is public friendly. Like if you saw that rolling up on a call you felt comfortable but as a criminal you know you're screwed.

    This is my opinion and as a fan of the CV I hate to see it go but it's time for purpose built police cars that help keep officers safe and their office the best it can be.

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    artrooper

    about 4 years ago

    16 Comments

    Way to go Ford! You have insured Dodge's continued success, and Chevy's re-birth in the police market. I would have thought better of a company that didn't take any bailout money. I hope you can recover from this mistake, and yes....it is a mistake.

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    dparker

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    This is the biggest mistake that the Ford Motor Company has ever made. I guess we will have to buy trucks and SUVs.

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    starr26

    about 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    nice try ford, but carbon motors still has you beat hands down!!!

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    mtty

    about 4 years ago

    114 Comments

    Yes, but what about the back seat area, we had problems with our Ford-provided (FREE! for evaluation)Taurus Police cars, we had 3 or more for evaluation that there was no room in the front seat and absoultely no room for the guest rider in the back seat area. I already cannot get into the backseat of a Police-equipped Crown Victoria.

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    K9Bowguy

    about 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Ford completely missed it with this one. With all of the stuff we have to haul around these days, throw in a K9 cage or a prisoner transport cage, and where is the officer gonna fit into this thing? Looks like they just conceded to the Dodge Boys.

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    Daysend

    about 4 years ago

    902 Comments

    It really needs some slicker 'not shiny" looking rims, and it looks like a toy. I'm sorry, it just doesn't look mean, cool, awe inspiring, nor does it inspire respect.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    Looks good

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    trooperman911

    about 4 years ago

    2472 Comments

    The new Taurus Built Police Intercepter for Police sounds sweet, and after driving Crown Vics all of my police career, I still prefer the Crown Vic. It may prove to be a mistake in stopping the manufacture of the Crown Vic. I can't knock it completely without taking the new replacement for a test run for patrol, and traffic control. Seems vehicles are getting smaller all the time. The car sure looks good in the photograph, and as the old addage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Maybe, maybe not. I feel the Dodge is more effective for State Police, as far as performance and accuracy goes. Then again...Who knows, we'll have to wait and see or try it for ourselves. God bless.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    twyoungs I don't know what you are talking about but the CV is bigger then the WIMPala and the Charger.

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