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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.

  • Img_2225_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    You hit it right on the nail PDPATCHES...I have no idea where the thinking came from. It baffles me anytime I think about it. I mean in this article and others they tell you right up front that they had 75% of the market. So what happened? Someone decision maker wake up one morning at Ford and say "time to stop, we don't need the market"......If you have something that is making you money year in and year out, seems like you would leave it alone. That would be like dropping the top selling pickup for god only know how many decades...the Ford F150........oh well, everyone has choices now, live with it.

  • Car_004_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I always have been, am now and always will be a Ford man, BUT, I am not liking the front wheel drive. Took A LONG TIME for GM to catch on and start producing the rear drive police vehicles again and Ford should have picked up on that. The option should be rear or AWD!! I hope this works out and I can't wait to see the reviews. I will just hope my agency will continue to purchase Fords because my property value will drop if I have to park a Dodge or GM product in my driveway!!

  • Different_mourning_badge_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    OK, how much????

  • Hernandez_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I wonder of Carbon Motors has any plans for a ground up Police SUV like their soon to be released E7 police cruisers?

  • Image_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Can't wait to see one up close!

  • Fake_sunset_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Should be interesting

  • Zzzzzzznypdflag_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    If Ford wants to regain the title of King of Police vehicles it should bring back the Crown Victoria !!!!!!!!!

  • Avatar_max160_max160_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    This seems like a cut & paste from the last interceptor article.

  • Jpd_new_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Is it me or are Police vehicles getting smaller?

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Gonna take a "Wait & See" attitude about this til MSP finishes the testing.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 4 years ago


    Robocop, I am totally with you! Ford relies TOO MUCH on MSP's opinion when making these vehicles. What makes MSP the leading authority over NYSP, CHP or any other agency across the country? They dont! The only thing that they have over alot of agencies, is snow! Bring that down here to Florida and let the FHP use the vehicle and it wont stand the test of time. Front wheel drive SUV's! You might as well give us a Dodge Caravan. Its front wheel drive and is also a V6 too! Alot like you, I will stick with the Charger! I love it, love it, love it!

  • _buqjoi__wk___kgrhgoh-dyejlll4_iebkoo-nito____3_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Its about time that General Motors,Chrysler and others are now figuring it out finally that police cruisers require allot more attention to the options that are needed to make an officers mobile office user friendly but most importantly a safe vehicle to work in. Things like built in fire supression systems,built in computer systems and so on so when encountering a crash the officers safety is the number 1 importance

  • Me_last_wk_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Id like to try it out

  • 1979_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    I am glad that someone is trying at least to make an SUV Police vehicle but there are many things I do not like about this unit. Front wheel drive? It is basically a Ford Taurus with a SUV body and they even make that claim. I hope that carbon Motors works on an SUV type unit once the E7 goes into production and shows its worth. Until 2012 I think I will stick to the Dodge Charger Pursuit and then it will be the E7 by Carbon Motors that will be the best Police Unit out there. I am not so sure that the MSP are all that independent in their testing and vehicle comparison. Seems that Ford has been paying quite a few MSP big wheels and those involved with the driver training are under their employ. Can the MSP do these tests without any bias considering the money Ford has pumped into their pockets?

  • Remember_max50_max50_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Very Nice!!

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