Chicago buys 500 Ford Explorer and Taurus Police Interceptors

Ford began production on its next generation of police interceptor models about a month ago, and it is already receiving orders. Just recently, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, placed the biggest order the automaker has received yet on new vehicles, for 500 Police Interceptor sedans and SUV’s.

“We are pleased and proud Chicago has decided to purchase Ford’s Police Interceptor vehicles,” said Ken Czubay, vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service. “Ford has been the police pursuit vehicle market leader for 15 years, and we know these all-new vehicles can handle the rigors of police work.”

The new interceptors are fuel efficient, powered by V6 engines that make 263 hp, which is more powerful then the V8 being replaced. A 365hp ecoboost will also be used.

Extensive testing ensures that the models can handle the demands of police work. In addition, the rear seats have more legroom, the front seats have a lower bolster to accommodate utility belts, and a column shift made to adapt to the frequent changes of police technology. A Blind Spot system alerts the driver when someone is in that space around the car, and if there is any danger backing out of a parking space. Parking assists and Ford Sync are also included.

By: Alexandra Koken