FoMoCo is doing all it can to keep its lead in the police vehicle market and has launched six-action-packed webisodes putting the new Police Interceptor Sedan (Taurus) and the Police Interceptor SUV (Explorer) up against the competition.
The six episode series features authorities going trough a series competitive driving exercises against the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and Dodge Charger Pursuit, showing that Ford isn’t afraid of putting its new Police Interceptors up for any challenge. Officers had the chance to test power and performance on a black lake simulating 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,” said Lisa Teed, Ford Police Interceptor marketing manager. “As we prepare for one of the biggest launches in our history of developing police vehicles, we’re committed to remaining the nation’s largest provider. These videos prove our new vehicles are purpose-built, capable, and deliver the safety, technology and performance officers need to excel at their jobs.”
The Ford Explorer Police Interceptor is powered by a 3.7L V6 unit making 300-hp, while the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor is powered by a 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoos making 365-hp and 350 lb-ft.
Both models will be built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant and will debut after production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends at the end of this year.
Check out the six part series after the jump.
2012 Ford Police Interceptor:
2012 Ford Police Interceptor Utility:
Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 1 – Performance & Handling:
Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 2 – Wet Pad:
Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 3 – Dog Bone:
Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 4 – City Pursuit:
Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 5 – Officer Protection:
Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 6 – Purpose Built:
All-New Ford Police Interceptors Challenge Competitors in New Web Series Testing Performance, Handling and Durability
- Ford readies for the launch of its all-new Police Interceptors – the largest fleet launch in the company’s history – with an action-packed new web series that puts Ford’s purpose-built Interceptors up against the competition
- Four experienced law enforcement officers from the United States and Canada put the all-new Ford Police Interceptors and the competition through a series of real-world police maneuvers and driving conditions to find out which is the most capable
- Ford’s new Police Interceptor sedan and utility, which debut after production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends later this year, are purpose-built to give law enforcement agencies a comprehensive choice for pursuit vehicles
DEARBORN, Mich., March 7, 2011 – Ford, the leader in the police vehicle market, is putting the company’s all-new Police Interceptor sedan and utility up against the competition in six action-packed webisodes that debut today.
Cameras rolling, Ford turns its all-new Police Interceptors, which debut 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 black lake simulating slick conditions, capability and durability in the Dog Bone gravel pit, and acceleration, handling and braking tests on a tight, aggressive cone course.
Rigorously tested, police-tuned
Proven on and off camera, Ford’s Police Interceptor sedan and utility have been put through their paces, undergoing a battery of torture tests to ensure the vehicles’ individual components can hold up to rigorous driving. Certification testing designed by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department proved out the durability and capability of the vehicles through a variety of punishing tracks.
Meeting a spectrum of needs
With the launch of the all-new sedan and utility Police Interceptor, Ford now provides a complete package of performance and capability designed to meet the diverse and ever-increasing needs of law enforcement agencies across the U.S. Ford’s pursuit-rated utility brings versatility to law enforcement in times where resources are constrained and agencies have to do more with less.
Ford’s portfolio provides departments 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 percent more fuel efficiency than the 4.6-liter single-overhead-cam (SOHC) V8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
Ford’s new Police Interceptor utility vehicle is equipped with the highly efficient 3.7-liter V6 engine. This Ti-VCT engine, delivering at least 300 horsepower and E85 compatibility, is mated to a unique 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 sedan, officers will have their choice of a highly capable 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering at least 280 horsepower and E85 compatibility, or the 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine delivering at least 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque across a broad rpm range.
Both Ford Police Interceptors will be manufactured at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant and will debut after production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends at the end of 2011.
– By: Omar Rana