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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.

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.

“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.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    @northerncop Check your facts before you spout off. The new v6's offer more power than their 4.6L V8 counterparts.

  • Img_2734_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I guess Ford is tired of selling polce cars. V6 will not cut it you need a V8. Idiots!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    OMG!!!!!!! Ford has officially gone off the deep end. Apparantly they don't want to be in the interceptor business. If they did they would not have come up with something so stupid!!!! Front wheel drive V6 is completely stupid. Ford you need to contact some road dogs and see what they would tell you to build. Stop asking the bean counters for their opinion. They are not the ones out chasing the crooks and putting their lives on the line. Ford engineers, ya'll are a bunch of morons.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Not impressed at all!

  • Me_posed_tkd_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Just a few quick thoughts: 1. Does anyone remember back in the early 90's, when Ford tried to use the Taurus SHO as a pursuit vehicle? A high output FWD. I don't recall seeing a whole lot of those SHO's as police cars, but I do recall seeing Mustangs and Crown Vics; Possibly because of the special EVOC training needed for FWD driving, in a RWD world. 2. I think that when the E7 gets approval and goes into FULL production the market will have a dramatic shift; Maybe not to the point that the Crown Vic has dominated, but a shift just the same. 3. Looking at the pictures, you have to either flip the keyboard or the arm rest up, to gain access to the switches to light someone up, OR gain access to your weapon release button. I see MORE gear in a SMALLER space, looks kind of cramped in there. Like a couple of other comments here implied, Why would Ford cut their own throats (and market share), and completely throw away a platform that has served them so well? GM and Chrysler woke up, and are back in the pursuit vehicle game. I think a lot of agencies will, or have been, either stockpile Crown Vics, or switch to Dodge. Up here in the Portland,OR metro area we are starting to see a lot of Chargers in service with various agencies.

  • Phoenix2000-caseydadchad6_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I beg to differ with the Dodge comment Leo... When I started in this field I drove Dodge Diplomats (Plymouth Gran Fury actually) and now three angencies, and about seven different makes and models of service vehicles later, I still think the Mopar cop car was the best one I've used. ... I like that Ford is going to offer their CAR in AWD. I think we've needed that for a while now. As far as the SUV goes, I'm not a fan of them with regard to being used in police work.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    They will regret the decision of ceasing production of the crown vic, i think it still has great looks. With chevy introducing the caprice, i think will steal the market in police vehicles. Everyone knows that dodge doesnt make a great product...that has been seen for years and years to come...

  • Joel


    almost 4 years ago


    This is the new 2011 Ford Explorer. If you do a Google search on 2011 Ford Explorer, the Ford website will come up, and you can compare both vehicles. This is just a 2011 Explorer with Police Decals and red/blue lights installed, a prisoner cage installed, and all the electronic accessories...... why don't they just come out and introduce it as an "Explorer"???? The word "Explorer" is not mentioned one time in the writeup..... interesting.

  • Dscf2230_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    The Crown Vic will cease production due to the fact that the old V8 block used cannot meet the new vehicle emissions standards. Ford isn't killing the car by choice.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Nothin to do with the Frod, but my agency has purchased around 25 Chargers over the past year. About 1/3 of them are having a mojor problem with exhaust leaking into the cabin area. It nearly killed one of our K-9's. Supposedly Dodge is sending an engineer and technician down to see what the problem is because the dealership can't figure it out. Is anyone else have similar problem?

  • Amsec_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Anyone know what brand the MDT and mount shown in the pictures is?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Builtin roll bars with horizonal cross bars which keep roof and sides from crushing officer in severe accidents. the standard prisoner cage does a pretty good job by its self but no one will admitt it due to libility concerns. but all You haft to do is look out side your local cop body shop to see the protection provided by a roll bar / cage.


  • Joefriday_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    "Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it"
    Remember 1996 Chevrolet dropped the caprice and offered the Tahoe as a police package ? That did not go over well. Nice supplement vehicle but bottom line no PD with a sense of liability will allow a truck chassis vehicle to pursue a chase many even restrict thier use as response vehicles.

  • Image010_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    An SUV is still a limited use vehicle for most agencies. While good for the southwest US and some rural areas most police work still happens in metro or small town areas where an SUV would be of limited use. The expense would also be a big consideration.

  • M_19fab7a7d0da4444aaf2f940f4acbd15_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    o wow this is a big change for ford... why give up the best thing ford ever gave to a officer Crown Victoria. but now they are trying to push a SUV in its place... OK fwd i guess its would be good for a lot of things.. 1" able to take off from a stop faster n with more control in rainy weather.. with the drive train set up they will have in there, i am guessing they will get good fuel mileage... AWD is by fare the best idea, for a all weather a terrain. but with the way economy is going with rising fuel cost. i still feel the well built ford Crown Victoria is still the best bet over all...

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