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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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    cplmsta38

    almost 4 years ago

    98 Comments

    Sharp looking, would like to see the reviews.

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    motorman6235

    almost 4 years ago

    5982 Comments

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    philfroggy

    almost 4 years ago

    1564 Comments

    It looks nice, I look forward to seeing the reviews

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    Archangel72

    almost 4 years ago

    534 Comments

    Can't wait to see what the Michigan State Police have to say about these cars when they test them!

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    wasimtiger1

    almost 4 years ago

    274 Comments

    nice lookin .

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    Sarge144

    almost 4 years ago

    138 Comments

    I still like the idea of the Taurus based Interceptor with the 3.5 EcoBoost and all wheel drive. In our snow belt, it could be the ultimate cruiser.

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    Collegecop_WA

    almost 4 years ago

    2380 Comments

    I will be interested in seeing the evaluations from the Michigan State Police vehicle tests next year to see how they rate the new Fords.

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    Blueblood1974

    almost 4 years ago

    5204 Comments

    Great!

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    mike

    almost 4 years ago

    80 Comments

    The Crown Vic interceptors have been produced at 250HP, so even with the V6 this is an improvement in performance. sgt_black_cloud241 - AWD is one of the options (though 4x4 would be nice for real off road.)

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    sgt_black_cloud241

    almost 4 years ago

    190 Comments

    280 HP? That's it? Probably governed anyway.. .. .. .. and no 4X4? WTF? 90% of our area is off-road back-country. Back to the drawing board, guys. NEXT?!?

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    Chaser1

    almost 4 years ago

    52 Comments

    EVOC will have to offer a complete driving test for the front wheel drive SUV. All wheel drive is better for handling but still, most veterans will be used to the rear wheel handling. It's a nice improvement but I don't know about for police work.

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    quiggers186

    almost 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    A a SUV driver love to take this for a spin. You guys are lucky at least the car companies are making cars for you. Spare a thought for us across the pond, our cars are off the forecourt and then packed full of stuff!!

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    Grafton817

    almost 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    Seriously? a front wheel drive SUV! And I'm a little worried about a V6 only sedan. Yeah, they offer a twin turbo but I don't think my department will spring the extra money for that over the base model. And I'm dreading front wheel drive for winters in Wisconsin!!!

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    DetBruin

    almost 4 years ago

    866 Comments

    I love the SUV police vehicles, but once you put all the crap in them it throws of the center of gravity and changes the handling capabilities. Out here the SUV's are used a mobile command posts so the rear as stuffed with tv, computers, priters, metal stroage bins etc. So it is not a vehicle to be used in a pursuit and when rolling code 3 you really have to be careful.

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