The first wave of Police Interceptors began rolling off the factory floors at the Chicago Assembly Plant in January. This mile stone marks the beginning of their lifelong service towards the protection of others. Ford released its first Police Interceptors in 1950, which has been the pride and joy of law enforcement for the past 6 decades. By utilizing Ford’s purpose built technology and combining it with the knowledge they’ve gained from the front lines, the police interceptor has been the go to vehicle in the industry ever since. These iconic cars have been everywhere, from the intense car chases we grew up with on the big screen to the streets of your local community. And with the Crown Victoria finally passing the baton on to the next generation of law enforcement vehicles, I thought I’d take the time to find the top 3 improvements it’ll bring to the table.
1) All New Design
Though the new vehicles went through a complete over hall, Ford made sure to build the new interceptor using what they like to call the Ford Police Interceptor DNA. According to Ford.com this means exceptional safety, legendary durability, commonality in their vehicle platforms and an extensive nationwide dealer network which are hallmarks of the Ford Police Interceptor. The two vehicles in the lineup include a sedan version and a utility version, both of which were inspired using Ford’s current design and styling. The sedan version is the all new Ford Taurus based design while the utility vehicle is the all new Ford Explorer based design. When put to the test both vehicles were able to deliver more performance, better handling, and improved fuel economy over competing interceptors.
2) Improved Engines
Under the hood both vehicles are given a more beefed up engine to handle the daily grind the job demands. Car and Driver reports a 3.5-liter V-6 and an Eco-Boost turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 will be available for the Taurus design. 265 hp are what can be expected from the non-turbocharged engines while the Eco-Boost engine will produces an impressive 365 hp. The utility version will have a similar configuration being equipped with a 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine. The Standard V6 engines will comes with the choice of front or all-wheel drive, while the Eco-Boost will only be available with all-wheel drive option.
3) Upgraded Usability
Increased technology and usability are what set theses cars away from their civilian counterparts. Not only did the engineers redesign the seats to accommodate officer’s utility belts but they also increased the cars amps. This gives cops better computer power when plugging their computers and other technologies into the car. Some of the well known features already available in the Ford line up which are finally making their way into the cruisers include the BLIS (Blind Spot Information System), cross-traffic alert, rear view camera, Reverse Sensing System, Standard AdvanceTrac and Ford SYNC technologies.
Will it continue the legacy?
With such an impressive resume’ the Ford Police Interceptor is more than just a law enforcement vehicle, it’s an icon. Ford has done a remarkable job listening to the needs of the people and building a car that embodies the law enforcement motto, protect and serve. The Crown Vic left some big shoes to fill but I’m sure this new generation of police vehicles will be able to carry on where it left. From the advanced engines to the upgraded technologies, the Ford Interceptor has always been and will continue to be criminal’s worst nightmare.