Ford Police Interceptors are built to be very fuel-efficient

Article by Christian A., on March 16, 2012

The new Ford Police Interceptors are built to be very fuel-efficient. This is seen to be a great help to cities who are concerned about skyrocketing expenses as experts have made predictions that fuel prices will rise to record heights this year. The all-new Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle models were designed by Ford engineers to save fuel when they’re not running.

However, this was done in such a way as not to compromise pursuit performance. The city and highway fuel economy ratings for the new Police Interceptors are higher by 25% compared to the retired Crown Victoria, the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the U.S. for the past 15 years. However, it’s a fact that many law enforcement vehicles spend most of their time idling.

This is where the new models can offer even more fuel savings. The Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle that are being shipped to law enforcement agencies are offered with efficient powertrain packages that have improved performance and fuel economy. They are combined with standard and exclusive all-wheel drive for optimized traction and control.

The Police Interceptor sedan is powered by the base 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 288hp and EPA-certified fuel economy of 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway. The Police Interceptor sedan brings an improvement of 4 mpg city and 5 mpg highway as well as an extra 38hp over the Crown Victoria.

The all-wheel-drive Police Interceptor sedan is offered with an optional EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 that’s rated 365hp and is EPA-certified at 16 mpg city, 23 mpg highway. The EcoBoost Police Interceptor was subjected to 0-60 mph acceleration tests at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department where it did better than all competitive police cars from General Motors and Chrysler.

The Police Interceptor utility is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 304hp. Its EPA rating of 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway tops the class, doing even better than the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV. In the LASD tests, the Police Interceptor utility bested the V8-powered Tahoe. It can accelerate to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds while the Tahoe can do it in 9.5 seconds.

In law enforcement, the leading police car is the Ford Crown Victoria. However, the brand has recently revealed that it has come out with a model that will exceed the Crown Victoria when it comes to durability, performance, safety, and fuel economy. Dubbed as the Ford Police Interceptor, this purpose-built sedan is, without a doubt, for law enforcement personnel.

In addition, Ford revealed as well that it will be producing a utility vehicle. To come up with the Police Interceptor, engineers at Ford teamed up with the brand’s very own Police Advisory Board composed of law enforcement professionals. The Board was the one responsible for giving the needed input on a number of qualities like driver comfort, durability, functionality, performance, and safety.

Commenting on the new vehicle, Ford Americas President Mark Fields shared that many police officers across the country have been asking for a new weapon in the fight to enhance public safety.

In answer to this request, he added, the brand is offering a vehicle that is not only purposely built for this task but one that is both engineered and manufactured in the U.S. Fields continued by saying that this makes the Police Interceptor sedan as durable as it is dynamic. For 15 years, Ford has been the leader when it comes to police vehicles.

The new Police Interceptor was designed and engineered specifically to meet the demands of police work. It also has the technological advancements, safety, and powertrain that are found at the top of its segment. As mentioned, Ford will be launching a second version which is a utility vehicle. With this, the brand hopes to give customers a chance to drive a vehicle that is able to meet their needs. Ford disclosed that additional details will be announced by the third quarter of this year.

Topics: ford, police car

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