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Suprise, Suprise…? 2012 Ford Police Interceptor Taurus-based…

March 13, 2010

We have known for a while that Ford has been developing a police interceptor to combat Chevrolet’s new Statesman-based Caprice for quite a while. But this morning in Las Vegas, Ford has taken the cover off it’s replacement for the aging Crown Victoria – the 2010 Taurus.

Unlike the old Crown Victoria (which the current model has been around since… um… the dinosaurs with it’s ‘Panther’ RWD architecture), the new Ford Police Interceptor is all about safety, reliability and serving police needs. Oh, and now about economy as well.

Of course the Taurus needed some modifying to cut the police grade, but what does it involve? Well, Ford has engineered the unibody design of the Taurus to withstand immense forces – like a 75 mph (120km/h) rear collision! This came about after concerns from police agencies about the ‘weak’ design of a unibody compared to the Crown Vic’s body-on-frame design which has been modified to take even less stress than the new Taurus! Taurus 1 – CV – 0.

Next, we must move onto the engine. The old CV uses Ford’s ancient-as-the-hills 4.6 litre V8 – which is ok if economy wasn’t a factor in today’s times. The Taurus, though, comes in two levels – base (with the Taurus’ 3.5 litre V6 – good for 196kW and 340Nm) using either front or all-wheel-drive beefed-up underpinnings from the Taurus. That’ll be good for normal police work, but what about highway pursuit? It’s SHO time! With all-wheel-drive and Ford’s new EcoBoost 3.5 litre V6 (making 270kW and 475Nm), the Highway Pursuit model is a sure fire way of catching those crim’s on the interstate in their stolen pick-up!

That’s the go going. What about the stop? Well Ford addressed that too with bigger, more usable brakes. Featuring 60% more swept area than a standard Taurus and 20 percent more thermal mass to help resist fade, the new Taurus P.I. will definitely stop in time when those aforementioned crim’s manage to roll that truck! Ford has also re-calibrated all the safety electronic systems of the car to make the Taurus P.I. more .

Inside Ford has optimized the standard Taurus interior for Police Interceptor duty with new seats claimed to offer better comfort while easing egress with smaller lateral bolsters. They even have cut-outs for police-issue utility belts. The transmission shifter has also been moved from the console to the steering column to make room for all the gear that today’s officers require be mounted in the center. Ford has even maintained the same nine-inch width between the seats to allow existing equipment to be mounted from older Crown Vic Interceptors. The switches on the steering wheel can also be re-mapped to control extra aftermarket equipment like lights, sirens and spot-lights.

The Police Interceptor’s back seat has a new roomier bench to make getting prisoners in and out easier. The rear door panels have also been slimmed down to make entry/exit easier and they swing out an extra-wide 71 degrees,10 degrees more than a regular Taurus.

Ford has also announced that a utility version – based on the Taurus’ platform – will be unveiled later this year. This suggest two options. A Flex variant or an Explorer. My tips go to Explorer being a U.S. paddy wagon equivalent.

Oh, and to my American readers – don’t worry, you won’t see this baby in your rear view mirror till next year…

Stay tuned to find out more about the P.I. and other Ford news…

PRESS RELEASE

ALL-NEW FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR PURPOSE-BUILT TO LEAD MARKET, SUPPORT THOSE WHO SERVE, PROTECT

* Ford reveals its all-new, purpose-built Police Interceptor, engineered to exceed durability, safety and performance of today’s leading police car – the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor
* New Ford Police Interceptor sedan will offer two fuel-efficient powertrain options – including EcoBoost with all wheel-drive – along with an array of safety technologies; interior has been designed to meet unique law enforcement needs
* Ford’s new Police Interceptor will be offered without interruption when production of the Ford Crown Victoria ends in late 2011
* Ford confirms production of an additional Police Interceptor, a utility vehicle that will be pursuit-rated to complement the sedan; vehicle to be revealed later this year

Las Vegas, March 12, 2010 – Ford reveals its all-new, purpose-built Police Interceptor sedan today, showcasing a car for law enforcement officials that will exceed the durability, safety, performance and fuel economy of the industry’s leading police car – the Ford Crown Victoria – while also confirming production of a Police Interceptor utility vehicle.

Ford, the police vehicle market leader for 15 years, specifically designed and engineered an all-new Police Interceptor to handle the rigors of police work, including industry-leading powertrain, safety and technology innovations.

Ford will also add a second Police Interceptor to the lineup, a utility vehicle to provide customers a choice of the best vehicle to suit their needs. More details will be released in the third quarter of this year.

“Police nationwide asked for a new kind of weapon in the battle for public safety, and Ford is answering the call with a purpose-built vehicle – engineered and built in America – that’s as dynamic as it is durable,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas.

To develop the all-new Police Interceptor, Ford engineers worked hand-in-hand with Ford’s Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals, which provided input on key vehicle attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver comfort and functionality.

“Their feedback mattered to us,” said Scott Tobin, Ford vehicle line director for cars and crossovers. “Safety and durability were at the top of their list. So safety and durability were at the top of ours.”

A focus on safety
Continuing Ford’s safety leadership includes engineering the Police Interceptor to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing. Currently, the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the only pursuit sedan to meet this test.

The new Police Interceptor also features Ford’s exclusive Safety Canopy® side-curtain air bag rollover protection system to help protect front and rear outboard passengers in both rollover and side-impact crashes. The multiple side-curtain air bags use Ford’s unique Roll Fold technology to help them slip between the occupant and the side window.

Increased power, enhanced sophistication
Ford’s Police Interceptor engine strategy will provide a V8 lineup that performs equal to or better than V8 engines. The lineup comes with two powertrain options, allowing police to choose the powerhouse that best meets their patrol requirements.

A highly efficient 3.5 litre V6 engine delivering at least 263 horsepower (196kW) and E85 compatibility is 25 percent more efficient than the 4.6 litre Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) V8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Plus, an all-new 3.5 litre EcoBoost™ V6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine will deliver at least 365 horsepower (270kW) and 350 ft.-lb. (475Nm) of torque across a broad rpm range.

“We have an extremely powerful standard engine, and to top that off, we also offer our exclusive EcoBoost technology,” said Tobin. “Both are designed for the severe-duty cycle that police engage in on a daily basis.”

EcoBoost brings municipalities and police fleet administrators the first ultra high-performance, yet environmentally friendly, police pursuit vehicle. Offering performance that bests normally aspirated V-8 powered police cruisers and comparable fuel economy and CO2 emissions to the standard V-6, EcoBoost represents a triple-win for police departments, the tax-paying constituents they serve and the environment they help collectively to preserve.

A high-capacity six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission delivers the power of EcoBoost to the road via the sophisticated torque-sensing all-wheel-drive system.

“Ford remains committed to leading the police vehicle market, and our new Police Interceptor demonstrates how much engineering and innovation we’re willing to invest to address the unique needs of those who protect and serve communities throughout America,” Fields said.

Rigidly tested, police-tuned
Throughout its development, Ford’s new Police Interceptor has been put through the paces, undergoing a battery of torture tests to ensure its individual components can hold up to the rigorous driving styles of police professionals.

Certification testing designed by the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department evaluates the durability and capability of the vehicle through a variety of tests where the car’s systems are pushed to the limits for nearly an hour and a half – far exceeding the demands most patrol cars ever experience.

To meet the rigors of the durability testing, the brakes have been increased in size and performance. The cooling package is purpose-built as well, featuring a heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator. Its honeycomb grille is designed to work in harmony with the interior components, offering more air flow throughout the vehicle. Plus, the standard 18-inch steel wheels are vented, designed to work in concert with the enhanced brake system.

“This vehicle is pursuit-ready,” said Carl Widmann, vehicle engineering manager. “It’s no nonsense, through and through.”

Functional, inside and out

Special features continue inside, too. “Working with our police partners, we’ve considered every detail,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service. “Approximately 90 percent of the interior has been redesigned to meet the needs of our special police customers.”

Front seats have been specially designed, with a lower bolster removed to better accommodate officers’ utility belts. Inserted into the seatback are anti-stab plates, designed to protect front-seat occupants.

The Police Interceptor second row also has been optimized to address police-specific needs.
The vinyl seats are specially sculpted and set back to improve second-row space and maximize legroom. The back door hinges are modified to open up another 10 degrees versus traditional rear doors.

The Ford Police Interceptor also is equipped with a column shift specifically designed so the console area is free for the ever-increasing amounts of aftermarket police equipment necessary for officers to do their jobs.

The new vehicle also features:

* BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System): The system uses two radar sensors located in the rear quarter panels to detect vehicles in the surrounding lanes. If a vehicle enters the driver’s blind-spot zones, the system alerts the driver with a warning light in the side-view mirror.
* Cross Traffic Alert: This system uses the existing BLIS radar modules to sense oncoming traffic when slowly backing out of a parking spot. This industry-exclusive system functions only while the vehicle is in reverse and warns when cross-traffic appears within three car-widths.
* Rear View Camera System: When the vehicle is in rear camera mode, a color image with guidance markers on the rear view mirror will assist the driver in backing up.
* Reverse Sensing System: An audible tone will alert the driver to certain objects up to 6 feet behind the vehicle.
* Standard AdvanceTrac® ESC (electronic stability control): This helps maintain the intended path by measuring side-to-side yaw, or skidding, by the vehicle’s speed, throttle position and steering wheel angle. When wheel slip is sensed, AdvanceTrac reduces engine torque and applies selected brakes.
* Ford SYNC®: The Ford-exclusive, hands-free information system has the potential to be customized and remapped to work specifically with police aftermarket equipment such as lights and sirens, allowing officers to focus on the task at hand.

Ford’s new Police Interceptor sedan will be manufactured at Ford’s Chicago (Ill.) Assembly Plant and will be offered without interruption when production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends in late 2011.

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5 comments

  1. I was hoping that they would design a totally new car for the Intercepter!


  2. This should help overall Taurus sales – it’s done better than the old one, but I think the Fusion has basically taken over the ’80s/90s/early ’00s Taurus’ sweet spot in the market as far as retail buyers, rental and business fleets are concerned.

    It probably won’t dominate the police market like the Vic did, but will probably be seen as a sensible alternative from a parts-and-servicing standpoint to a specially imported Caprice, a will-Mopar-survive-or-won’t-they Charger or the Carbon, if Carbon ever ships.


  3. Made in the U.S.A. speaks volumes.


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