Ford's new Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicles, which will debut after production of the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends later this year, have been purpose-built to give law enforcement agencies a comprehensive choice for pursuit vehicles.
To demonstrate the vehicles, Ford put its all-new Interceptors up against the competition in six action-packed webisodes - we have four of them here for you.
Ford turned its Police Interceptors, which debut later this year, over to four experienced Police officers for a series of competitive driving exercises against the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and Dodge Charger Pursuit, in the hope of proving that these new Interceptors are up for any challenge.
Officers test the 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.
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 the durability and capability of the vehicles through a variety of punishing tracks.
Ford's vehicles will provide police departments with the ability to select the vehicle that best meets their needs. Agencies can now select from a combination of two body styles, all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, and multiple powertrains delivering at least 20% better fuel efficiency than the 4.6-liter single-overhead-cam V8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
Ford's new Police Interceptor utility vehicle is equipped with an efficient 3.7-liter V6 engine. This Ti-VCT engine, delivering at least 300hp 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 RPM when cruising.
For the sedan, officers will have their choice of a highly capable 3.5-liter V6 delivering 280hp and E85 compatibility, or the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbo, direct-injection engine delivering 365hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
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.
Video links for the remaining two videos not included here:
Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 5 - Officer Protection:
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
Ford Police Interceptor Official Test Drive 6 - Purpose Built:
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