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Ford Introduces New Police Interceptor SUV

Ford Introduces New Police Interceptor SUV

Courtesy Ford Motor Company

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

September 01, 2010

Ford is betting that its all-new police SUV — images of which are being released today for the first time — will help it retain its dominance of the police car segment even as General Motors and Chrysler are launching their own new police cars.

Ford’s new Police Interceptor SUV is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower. It will be offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

The SUV also is designed so that aftermarket parts — such as computers and communications equipment — are interchangeable with Ford’s Police Interceptor sedan unveiled this year.

“These two vehicles offer the perfect solution to what a modern police department needs today,” said Jim Holland, Ford’s chief engineer for the SUV.

Production of the Ford police car and SUV, both of which are based on the underpinnings of the Ford Taurus, is to begin next year at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant after Ford closes its St. Thomas Assembly Plant in Ontario where it builds its popular Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

The Crown Victoria, introduced as a police car in 1983, has been the top choice of law enforcement organizations since 1996, when GM discontinued its rear-wheel drive Caprice police car. The Crown Victoria police car typically accounts for nearly three-fourths of the 75,000 police vehicles sold annually.

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Ford said its new police Interceptor car and SUV have more horsepower, better handling and are as durable as the vaunted Crown Victoria.

Ford’s Crown Victoria police car faced lawsuits after deaths were linked to fires caused by rear-end collisions. But Ford said the new Interceptor sedan and the SUV will be rated for 75 m.p.h.rear-end crash tests.

“Ford has put together a great package to take the place of the Crown Victoria,” said Michigan State Police Lt. Keith Wilson, who serves on Ford’s police advisory board and is with the state’s precision driving unit.

One challenge the Interceptor might face is its offer of either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Police departments often prefer rear-wheel drive cars because they provide better weight distribution and traction.

“There are going to be people out there who are staunch, rear-wheel drive enthusiasts,” said Brian Moran, a retired lieutenant of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Still, Moran, who has served on both Ford and Chrysler police advisory boards, prefers Ford’s new car but has not test-driven the SUV.

Ford’s new police car comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 263 horsepower or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6 engine with 365 horsepower.

Ford’s new police vehicles will not be available until late next year. Meanwhile, Chrysler’s all-new Dodge Charger Pursuit and GM’s new Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle are on sale now.

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“They are trying to take advantage of it, but the reality is we are not losing any share of the marketplace right now,” said Kevin Koswick, Ford’s director of North American fleet operations.

Later this month, the three competing police cars will face off for the first time in an annual three-day vehicle evaluation by the Michigan State Police, which helps influence other police departments’ buying decisions.

“Bring the competition on and let the product speak for itself,” said Mark Fields, Ford’s president of the Americas.


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    JonH7

    over 1 year ago

    144 Comments

    Even nicer than the sedan version... :-)

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    MetroRW30

    about 2 years ago

    320 Comments

    I was told we'll be transitioning to these as our fleet is turned over. Will be glad for the extra cargo area (I take my car home, and have a lot of gear stuffed in the trunk and backseat of my crown vic)...but am not sure how it will handle high-speed driving

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    Sarge2006

    almost 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    The reason for the CV's demise is its fuel economy. It cannot meet the goverments mandates requirements for 2012. As for the replacements I see comming.......we will see.

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    Ahi

    almost 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    I'm excited to see the new vehicles coming out, but being in Utah makes it hard to see them for awhile...

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    colby112

    almost 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    stick with the vic!!!!!

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    gammyland

    almost 4 years ago

    438 Comments

    We just put a Expedition in service. Not pursuit rated, but nice to drive. Looking forward to the 4 wheel drive this winter. Although I'll always be a vic fan.....Actually a caprice fan. Fingers crossed for the new chevy's!!

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    Tackleberry38

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Great seeing a SUV. I drive an explorer now and wouldn't want it any other way. Disappointed in Fords new ideas for a car tho. I own a Charger RT as a personal vehicle and think their performanace is unbelievable. I am also a state driving instructor and have taken both the Crown Vic and Charger on the high speed track. The Charger wins hands down!!

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    SULLYMAN

    almost 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    The rear wheel drive is the only answer. In regards to the V6, we'll have to see- the 263HP seems powerful enougj...but how will it accelerate with a V6? The rear collision safety is bang on- 75mph impact-proof should save some brothers!

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    tatorhead

    almost 4 years ago

    106 Comments

    i would rather be in a chevy

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    akviz909

    almost 4 years ago

    22 Comments

    Ok... how can anyone LIKE the CV compared to the Charger?? The Charger has quicker braking, less ABS chatter, better traction control system, more powerful engine, less body roll at highway speeds, better lumbar back support, etc, etc,... I had no problem with the conversion from CV to Charger. Any day I get stuck with the CV is a day of depressing patrol...

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    crownvic71

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Ford what are yall doin? Why cant we upgrade the crown vics and leave em out the. 75% of police vehicles are vics, and i think that departments like crown vics over chargers but would prefer the charger over the taurus look-a-like that still has tranny issues. I dont think yall will intend the sales goal with this idea. I believe services and parts would loose on the deal to cuz a lot of people and pd's still drive crown vics

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    HPD405

    almost 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    I rather see the crown vic stick around with the new 5.0 engine ford is putting in the mustangs. i went from a crown vic to a dodge charger, and i rather be driving the crown vic with the chargers performance. The only thing ford should have done was change over to the 5.0 engine and stick with the rear wheel drive. I am not impressed with what ford is doing.

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    outohea

    almost 4 years ago

    14 Comments

    I never did like crown vics. They have a deadly flaw. I do like the new Taurus concept at least it can withstand a rear impact without exploding. Not sure about the new SUV. Many departments are already using Chargers and here where I'm at are equipped with Malibus. Guess some field testing is going to have to be done first. The V6 is not a problem with power though. They have plenty of power. Even more than some of the previous V8's. But, the FWD isn't a smart move. AWD or RWD would be better. Just my two cents.

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    ConservativeDeputy

    almost 4 years ago

    22 Comments

    WHOEVER AT FORD MOTOR COMPANY THAT CAME UP WITH A FRONT WHEEL DRIVE POLICE INTERCEPTOR SHOULD BE FIRED. THE REAR WHEEL DRIVE BODY ON FRAME INTERCEPTOR IS THE WAY TO STAY AND SHOULD BE CONTINUED. GRANTED THE CROWN VIC CHASSIS AND POWERTRAIN IS DATED AND SHOULD BE CHANGED.

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    jordan482

    almost 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    I would like to see the torque rating before I make an opinion, although numbers on paper are just that... on paper. HP at the wheels is different than at the flywheel, and power to weight ratio makes a difference too. The only thing that matters is on the road. Keep the stats and let's drive.

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