People residing in the state of Victoria in Australia may soon find a number of Mercedes-Benz cars making rounds on the streets as police patrol cars. This comes as BMW Australia recently inked a partnership agreement to supply the police force in Victoria, Australia, with cars to be used as highway patrol units.
According to the agreement, BMW Australia will be supplying the Victoria Police with around 80 units of the BMW 530d diesel-powered sedans. The first batch of these BMW 530d Victoria Police Highway Patrol vehicles would be operational by early 2018, with the complete fleet (80 units) already on the service by the end of next year.
BMW Australia will present the BMW 530d to Victoria Police in entry-level specs. According to Australian Web site Car Guide, this particular BMW 530d is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder unit that could deliver 195 kW (261 hp) of max output and 620 Nm of peak torque. This amount of power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing the new BMW 530d to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. The 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine in the BMW 530d is very efficient as well – consuming just 4.7 liters of diesel per 100 km (combined cycle) and emitting only 124 grams of carbon dioxide emissions per km.
Instead of being laden with the usual luxuries and equipment found in a standard unit, the BMW 530d Victoria Police Highway Patrol vehicles would be factory-fitted with the so-called 'police pack', thereby preparing these service units for heavy-duty operations. Moreover, when wrapped in the liveries of the Victoria Police, the BMW 530d looks really fit for this purpose.
Marc Werner, chief executive of BMW Group Australia, remarked that the new BMW 5 Series range is a natural fit for police duty, thanks to its combination of performance, safety as well as efficiency. He noted that similarly equipped BMW 5 Series vehicles are long being used by police forces in Europe. European countries like Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom are already employing the 5 Series model to serve as the mobile units of their police forces.
Currently, most of the vehicles being used by the Victoria Police are Holden Commodore units and Ford Falcon models. However, Holden is expected to finish up its productions operations in Australia in October while Ford closed its manufacturing sites in 2016. Soon, police forces in Australia would retire these vehicles. In this situation, Australian police forces are seeing the need to secure imported specialized vehicles from other carmakers.
Interestingly, Australian police forces either currently have or had included fast cars like -- Porsche 911 Carrera, Audi RS4 Avant, Lexus RC F, Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe and – in their fleet.