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Ford Pits New Police Interceptors Against Competition [w/ videos]

Source: Ford | Published: Tue Mar 15, 2011

Ford has put the company's all-new Police Interceptor sedan and utility up against the competition. In six action-packed web-based short videos, the vehicles are shown undergoing rigorous testing against their key US competitors.

Cameras rolling, Ford turns its all-new Police Interceptors, which debut in North America later this year, over to the authorities for a series of competitive driving exercises against the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and Dodge Charger Pursuit, proving that Ford's Police Interceptors are up for any challenge.

Officers test Interceptor power and performance on a giant skid pad flooded with water to simulate slick conditions, capability and durability in the 'Dog Bone' gravel pit, and acceleration, handling and braking tests on a tight, aggressive cone course.

"We set out to develop our new Police Interceptors to not only meet the current leader - our own Crown Victoria - but to exceed it and the competition," Ford Police Interceptor marketing manager, Lisa Teed, said.

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

More Powerful and Efficient Than Their Aging Crown Vic Predecessors

Ford's portfolio provides departments with the ability to select the vehicle that best meets their needs. Agencies can now select from a combination of two bodystyles, all-wheel drive (AWD) or front-wheel drive (FWD), and multiple powertrains delivering at least 20 per cent more fuel efficiency than the 4.6-liter single-overhead-cam (SOHC) V8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Ford's new Explorer-based Police Interceptor SUV is equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 engine. This Ti-VCT engine, delivering at least 300 hp, is mated to a 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 Taurus-based sedan, officers will have their choice of a highly capable 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering at least 280 hp, or the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine delivering at least 365 hp across a broad rpm range.

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

Officers test power and performance on the handling course in Ford Police Interceptor sedans with standard 3.5-liter V6 and optional twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, and the Ford Police Interceptor utility with 3.7-liter V6.

On a giant skid pad flooded with water, officers push the limits of handling and control in a Ford Police Interceptor sedan and utility, Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and Dodge Charger Pursuit.

The capability of the all-wheel-drive, pursuit-rated Ford Police Interceptor sedan and SUV are demonstrated in the 'Dog Bone' gravel pit.

Officers test the acceleration, handling and braking of the Ford Police Interceptor sedan and SUV, the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and Dodge Charger Pursuit on a tight, aggressive cone course.

The next-generation Ford Police Interceptor is built to protect officers in the event of a crash, and engineered to help them avoid a crash before it happens.

Two distinct Ford Police Interceptor models, on one common platform, are designed and engineered from the ground up to help officers do their jobs better.

Ford's Police Interceptor SUV and Sedan Photo Gallery
2010 Ford Police Interceptor Concept
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