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Ford Police Interceptors Roll Off Chicago Assembly Line

February 08, 2012  | 

Photo: Ford Motor Co.
Photo: Ford Motor Co.

Ford is showing final production models of its 2013 Police Interceptor at the Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public on Friday.

The Detroit automaker's replacement to the Crown Vic interceptor began rolling off the line at the Chicago Assembly Plant in January.

Ford will offer the 2013 Ford Police Interceptor sedan to agencies in front-wheel and all-wheel, including its EcoBoost V-6 with all-wheel drive. The vehicle arrives with an array of safety technologies and an interior designed to meet law enforcement needs.

The version being shown in Chicago until Feb. 19 is the final production version with parts that will ship with the vehicle, Lisa Teed, Ford's Police Interceptor marketing manager, tells POLICE Magazine. The first vehicles were produced in January. The vehicle was given the 2013 model-year designation because production began in January rather than in 2011.

Among the first vehicles produced was the 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, which sits on a car rather than truck platform.

"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," Teed said in a release.

Among its safety features, the Police Interceptor is engineered to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing. The new Police Interceptor also features Ford's Safety Canopy side-curtain airbag rollover protection system to help protect front and rear outboard passengers in both rollover and side-impact crashes. The multiple side-curtain airbags use Ford's Roll Fold technology to help them slip between the occupant and the side window.

As for engine performance, the V-6 engines that arrive in the interceptor outperformed the Ford Crown Vic's V-8 engine during the Michigan State Police's annual vehicle testing. The vehicles arrive with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that's rated at 263 hp with E85 compatibility and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine rated at 365 hp. The EcoBoost delivers 350 lb.-ft. of torque across a broad rpm range, according to Ford.

"EcoBoost powertrain performance is optimized for closing speed and maximizing takedowns, thus preventing high-speed pursuits from even forming," said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for the police interceptors.  

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 airflow throughout the vehicle. Plus, the standard 18-inch steel wheels are vented, designed to work in concert with the enhanced brake system.

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's 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 10 degrees more than traditional rear doors. The Ford Police Interceptor is equipped with a column shift specifically designed so the console area is free for the ever-increasing amounts of aftermarket police equipment.

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 sideview 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 system functions while the vehicle is in reverse and warns the driver when cross-traffic appears within three car widths.
  • Rear-view camera: When the vehicle is in rear camera mode, a color image with guidance markers on the rearview mirror assists 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 hands-free information system has the potential to be customized and remapped to work specifically with police aftermarket equipment such as lights and sirens.

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Comments (15)

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Thomas @ 2/9/2012 4:10 PM

Really hope they made the car big enough for actual men to drive. the Impala is so small even little people in gear can hardly get in and out of it. I am a little 6'6" man and it is like watching a clown car when we try and exit the car.

Rod @ 2/9/2012 4:55 PM

I had the pleasure of checking out this units in person last year. I sat in both the sedan and the utility unit. Both units were not completely done, the sedan needed a different dashboard to acamodate the driver. The Suv was done and was the best one to choose if you are a bigger or taller person. Both units looked very nice with the equipment they already had installed by Ford. I was not able to drive them because of work but sure wish I did.

lawman94 @ 2/9/2012 5:46 PM

What a joke Ford? If it aint broke dont fix it.. The crown vic was the work horse of the police world and again greed is going to drop you on your "A%^"!!!! The Taurus didnt work in the 90's and it aint gona work now. I do like " It will prevent high-speed pursuits from even forming" Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Lol Ford needs to hire some beat cops to put a car together because this looks like a KIA with a light bar.

Take care everyone and Ford thanks for the laughs :-)

Dorothy @ 2/9/2012 7:35 PM

I can't wait to get a ride...in this...!!

Ryan @ 2/9/2012 7:49 PM

I am in the same boat as Thomas. Height, and bulk combined with a smaller car doesn't work well for me. If that all wheel drive is so great why didn't they just add it to the Vic? Turbo chargers generate a lot of heat as well. I am sure that won't help much in the longevity department.

joe @ 2/9/2012 8:04 PM

The longevity department of the specifically engineered eco boost now has first in its history a LIQUID COOLED via coolant lines passing through the Turbo to keep the temps at bay, hence the bigger radiator and the grill design..more air passing through keeps the water cool and the turbos cool as well..

Ryan @ 2/9/2012 9:45 PM

Ok you got me Joe. I just miss the nice, big Ford. I just hope they are able to handle all the idling time ( I guess those turbos would not be generating much, or any heat near idle. yes/no).

James Brown @ 2/10/2012 1:52 AM

Crown Vics need more leg room. I'm a modest six footer and with a cage installed the leg room is inadequate, and the prisoners we transport are stuffed in like sardines. Perhaps a super cab pickup would be an answer.

Tom @ 2/10/2012 11:07 PM

Once again, FORD re-invents the wheel but only to make a square. Why change from a very successful Crown Victoria to a ultra-small, cramped car and extremely under powered V-6. Once ballistic front door panels, cage, all the radio equipment, light bar, computer hardware gear, video camera gear, war bags, and two officers are added to the weight ratio, this Found on Road Dead car is extremely under powered and completely useless car. Thank you ford for providing a completely useless car.

tom @ 2/10/2012 11:16 PM

By the way Dodge is extending the length of their charger in order to store more equipment in the trunk. Oh, again thank you FORD designers for re-incarnating the Ford tortoise.

Tom James @ 2/11/2012 7:13 AM

This is a small car. Why leave a good car like the Crown Vic and go to a dincky little piece....... All wheel drive the Crown Vic. Bring the bigger car back. I spend a minimum of 12 hours in a car. Comfort is a good thing.

Leonard @ 2/11/2012 8:00 AM

as a retired deputy sheriff long hrs and high heat this will tell the story again they do not have to be in them 10-12 hrs ether again vic or big dodge's thanks

Mike houston @ 2/11/2012 10:32 PM

This vehicle does look like a kia,cramped and I can see no quick exit wearing your uniform cap or stetson without banging your head. Oh for the good ole days of the Plymouth Fury for speed (426 interceptor) and the Chevy Caprice (for handling and room):-)

Pappy @ 2/11/2012 11:13 PM

As an old State Patrol officer,it has been my misfortion to drive Fords ,too many times , to not know Junk when I drive it. The old Dodges would out run any Ford made , and I think the new ones

will also. The Fords durability stunk in my Destert work area. Overheated, Poor Brakes , Minimal AC and couldnt hit 135 MPH on a

down hill run. We had Dodges that would do 160 MPH , TIMED Speed. Fords spent the most time in the shop of all veh. we used.

tomo @ 2/22/2012 5:20 AM

The reason Ford had to drop the Crown Vic is because of government mandated fuel economy standards. In other words -- the government made them do it. If you're a cop, you're also part of the government. So shut up about it.

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