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Police Officers Test-Drive 2012 Ford Police Interceptors

March 07, 2011  | 


The Ford Motor Co. is featuring the company's 2012 Police Interceptor sedan and utility in six Web videos that feature test driving and evaluation by law enforcement officers.

In the videos, officers drive the new Police Interceptors, which debut later this year, in a series of competitive driving exercises against the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and Dodge Charger Pursuit.

Officers test power and performance on a black lake simulating slick conditions, capability and durability in the Dog Bone gravel pit, and acceleration, handling and braking tests on a tight, aggressive cone course.

"As we prepare for one of the biggest launches in our history of developing police vehicles, we're committed to remaining the nation's largest provider," according to Lisa Teed, Ford Police Interceptor marketing manager. "These videos prove our new vehicles are purpose-built, capable, and deliver the safety, technology and performance officers need to excel at their jobs."

Ford's Police Interceptor sedan and utility have been put through their paces, undergoing a battery of torture tests to ensure the vehicles' individual components can hold up to rigorous driving.

The Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department tested the durability and capability of the vehicles through a variety of punishing tracks. Ford's pursuit-rated utility brings versatility to law enforcement in times when agencies have to do more with less, according to Ford.

Ford's portfolio provides departments the ability to select the vehicle that best meets their needs. Agencies can now select from a combination of two body styles, all-wheel drive (AWD) or front-wheel drive (FWD), and multiple powertrains delivering at least 20% better fuel efficiency than the 4.6-liter single-overhead-cam (SOHC) V-8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Ford's 2012 Police Interceptor utility vehicle is equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine. This Ti-VCT engine, which delivers at least 300 hp and E85 compatibility, is mated to a unique six-speed automatic transmission that combines lowered initial gears for improved off-the-line acceleration and higher gearing for improved efficiency at lower engine rpm when cruising.

For the sedan, officers will have their choice of a 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering at least 280 hp and E85 compatibility, or the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine delivering at least 365 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque across a broad rpm range.

Both Ford Police Interceptors will be manufactured at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant and will debut after production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends at the end of 2011.

Watch the videos:

Ford Police Interceptors: City Pursuit

Ford Police Interceptors: Purpose Built

Ford Police Interceptors: Wet Pad

Ford Police Interceptors: Performance and Handling

Ford Police Interceptors: Dog Bone

Ford Police Interceptors: Officer Protection

Tags: Patrol Cars, Ford Police Interceptor, Ford CVPI

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