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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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  • Reaper2_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I hate the chargers. too small and to many blind spots. Not built for police work......only upside is that they are fast....and look cool.

  • M_84c7a84cabfa4bcbf2857d50d9e7ce69_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Looks like a great idea for some of the dept. like Highway Patrol but too small for everyday practicality... Make it bigger like a Hummer $ Bad Ass vehicle $ and now you have a real chance at dominating and have greater presence.

  • 12-5-2008_4_39_53_pm_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Love the car so you guys are going too be faster then the crimenals huh?

  • Joshwork_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I thought the cash for clunkers program was over.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    30 years ago me and a buddy talked about building a purpose built patrol car like the Checker Co. did for the taxi cars. The Carbon shows some promise. No way could I drive todays small cars. I'm 6 ft tall and weight 210 lbs and I barely fit in them. Give me the large cruisers or an SUV,

  • Trp523_car_max50


    about 4 years ago


    We have one as a Detective car...nice for a little family car...WORTHLESS for a patrol car...NO ROOM!!!!!!
    I will keep my Dodge Charger thanks.....

  • Storm_max50


    about 4 years ago


    It's an awsome looking car, sounds like it fast, but does it provide what is needed for a police car?

  • Purple_heart_ceremony_7-9-04__1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    My husband was killed in a Crown Vic when it exploded....How sweet that they add in the comment about it holding up to rear end impacts at 75 miles an hour...that's what they said about the Vics also! This car kills!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    is it front whell drive ? I hope not

  • Detective_20badge_20-_20silver_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Taurus-based = CRAP

  • Badge_clear_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Its a neat looking car, however the Crown Vic already had issues with putting bad guys in the back seat, and now with a smaller car and a cage, a toddler might have issues fitting. But hey, I won't totally knock it till I see one all outfitted.

  • Crown_vic_max50


    about 4 years ago


    My big question for Carbon Motors is how can I get it repaired and get it back on the road quickly? In our case we take our Crown Vics to our Ford dealer, get it repaired (and parts are always in stock) and have the car back on the road within hours. The Crown Vic is nice, but based on a twenty year old design and it is time for it to go. The new Interceptor outperforms the Crown Vic in every way and has more room. I'll take a new Ford with AWD and the twin turbo Ecoboost.

  • High_school_reunion_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I like it. I want one as a POV.

  • Freeze_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I don't like it! I think getting rid of the Crown Vic was a bad decision.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    i think putting an intercepter together using a Tuarus frame is beyond stupid, it's dangerous. The modern Crown Vic os already to small for some people to get into anyways. With all the equipment thats in the car now, it's damn uncomfortable to drive around in for 10+ hours as it is. Not to mention that if you have to stuff someone in the back. Some people i've taken into custody have a next to impossible time fitting in the back. They have to sit sideways and all jammed up. Normally I would give a crap if a criminal is uncomfortable while he take the ride to lock-up, But I'm thinking of the individuals safety if something should happen, like a wreck. Someone hitting me?
    So no i think it's a bad idea, and its obvious that ford didn't ask any cops how they would like the new car to be outfitted. I agree with CoDog5515, Carbon One has ford scared.

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