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Ford Turbocharges Police Interceptor Utility

August 21, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Ford.
Photo courtesy of Ford.
Ford will begin offering its 2014 Police Interceptor Utility vehicle with its turbo-charged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine later this year, the automaker announced.

The engine can deliver 365 hp and produce 350 lb.-ft. of torque, and is same one that Ford uses in its F-150 pickup truck models equipped with a V-6 engine. Ford also offers this engine in its Police Interceptor sedan.

With the addition of this engine, Ford will offer three engine choices for the P.I. Utility. They include the currently available 3.5-liter V-6 with front-wheel drive, a 3.7-liter V-6 with all-wheel-drive, and the new 365 hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with all-wheel-drive.

Ford's Police Advisory Board identified this engine as their "No. 1 want," said Ford's Gerry Koss, fleet marketing manager for the automaker. He went to say that the Police Interceptor Utility represents half of the company's police vehicle orders and that the sales results prove that the automaker's two-vehicle strategy was on target.

The turbo-charged P.I. Utility is scheduled to go into production during the fourth quarter of this year. He added that the automaker will announce pricing for this engine at that same time, Koss told Government Fleet. The vehicle has been submitted for Michigan State Police vehicle testing in September.

The Nevada Highway Patrol plans to put this vehicle into service.

"This is good news," said the agency's Lt. Charlie Powell, commander of fleet operations. "We at Nevada Highway Patrol look forward to putting this platform in the field as soon as practical."

By Greg Basich

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Comments (5)

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Marshal Fine @ 8/23/2013 8:08 AM

Dear Ford... uh..........TWO turbos @ $?? each = our fleet managers will faint at the replacement costs........
Dear Lt. Powell....... did you tell your fleet people about the (2) turbos per car ?
Dumbest idea in a LONG time......
Dear readers... your mileage may vary !! Rant mode off...........

Capt. Crunch @ 8/23/2013 9:23 AM

365 HP for a V6, awsome.

Tom C. @ 8/23/2013 9:58 AM

The retail price for the twin turbo 3.5L V6 in the sedan is over $3100 over the non-turbo 3.5L V6 so I'm guessing the cost of this option will be close. I would find that hard to justify especially when the standard 3.7L in the PI Utility is faster than the V8 in the Crown Vic PI. As for the FWD non-turbo 3.5L, I've never read anywhere that it is even available in the PI Utility, only the 3.7L in the SUV. Can anyone confirm that?

Tom C. @ 8/23/2013 10:03 AM

As for the twin turbo V6, Ford really has done its homework on it. The maintenance costs and schedule are identical to the non-turbo and the fuel economy suffers very little. They've done some harsh durability testing on them too and these things hold up. To me, initial cost is the biggest factor against it but that doesn't mean I think Ford should drop it. Offering the non-turbo 3.7L in the AWD Sedan and AWD Utility as standard with the TTV6 as an option is a smart move because it always Ford to appeal to a wider audience with the upside of identical parts, maintenance schedules, and training.

Aaron @ 9/9/2013 5:50 PM

@Tom C: yeah, that's an error....the FWD and 3.5L combo is an option on the sedan, not the utility, although I think the utility still comes with a FWD option along with the 3.7L

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