• Jan 6, 2007
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Our original gallery of Interceptor images was a big hit with the clicks last week, despite containing only six images of Ford's brash rear-wheel drive, Mustang-based sedan concept. If you liked those images, you'll be especially interested in the additional eight images of the concept that Ford released today, including plenty of interior shots and a view of the 4.6-liter Cammer V8 all dressed up in concept trim.

This is our first view of the Interceptor Concept's interior, and it sports a decidedly retro feel with its simple and straightforward shapes and materials. The most frequently occuring shape inside is called a squircle, basically a square with rounded corners. The steering wheel, speedometer, tach, shifter gate, vents... all squircles.

The dominant surface material inside the Interceptor is black leather, so much so that driving it must feel like going for a ride in Fonzy's jacket pocket. The vast expanse of leather is broken up here and there by silver metal trim and the slightest hint of a caramel-colored stitching. The four bucket seats are all thin, flat curves with no side bolsters of which to speak. Thank goodness each one is equipped with a four-point belt, because driver and passengers will need them if any directional changes are called for. The front headrests retract into the ceiling when the car is parked and fall back down into place when it's time to roll, while a nice, thick center console bisects the interior and houses the short and stubby shifter.

The interior reflects the same theme exhibited by the Interceptor's sheetmetal, which is simplicity. Some have harshed on the car for being derivitive and not overly complicated in its surface features, but that's what we happen to like about it.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I've said before in previous comments that I think Ford should build this. And really, why not--it's certainly better than what's in their lineup at the moment and possibly forthcoming.

      But I'll tell ya, in my opinion, if they build it with an interior that looks anything like this does, they sure won't sell many. Fug, that's ugly. And how will headrests that sprout from the friggin' ceiling perform in a rollover? Yeesh, Ford. Pull your head out and get serious.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let's face facts, the interior is going nowhere, but it is a concept and they felt like sawing their design oats. Let the Jay-ster have his day in the design sun and talk about what images the interior envokes.

      The exterior will make it to production about 85% of the way. I agree with the post that it looks a little 300Cish but it does have some of its own personality which is more than we can say about the 500. It's about time that Ford comes up with something. I'm not sure that this is the 250,000 seller they need but it will sell for a few years. With that said it's time to stop toying around and come up with something that will strike a cord with people and sell a ton of vehicles. Making nice to the early adopters is nice but the masses are not going to buy what we like and that's market that Ford needs to love them again.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think this car is a hit.

      Interior design is extremely gripping!

      The seats, of course would never be in a production model, but designed with more cushion and support like the Grand Marquis / Ford Five Hundred.

      But the center console, the shifter, the clutch.... come on, this is one rip roaring cool ride if you ask me.

      • 8 Years Ago
      the interior is very SHITTY to say the least... If they make this car, can it replace the Crown Vics?

      • 8 Years Ago
      Not a big fan of this design. Too stylized.

      Stoneman
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hrm. I dunno. The interior clearly will not make production and is perhaps the worst retro throwback i've seen in a car to date (making the chevy camaro interior look restrained in throwback-itude in relation... that concept being quite acceptable sans the square gauges in front of the gear shift). The exterior lines remind me way too much of the 427 concept, if you study the two it looks as though this is just the 427 with a more 'mustang' rear end and dodge concept truck front end... the front end being the least pleasing aspect to me, given it relates little to their current range and is way too round and jelly bean pudgy for my liking. I guess it doesn't matter, sans the Mustang we really don't count on ford to produce it's concepts with any regularity as some other automakers seem to... but then that begs the question of why bother. Like the GT1 or DCX's MEfourtwelve, or the Caddy with the V16, wtf is the point. Yeah I love concepts from other car companies, the batshit crazy ones like the new toyota sportscar that looks like pure ass, but with toyota, who doesn't have problems selling cars or making money, their concept cars are more acceptable in a non-gunna-happen sort of way. Ford, working on their Bold plan, I just don't see anything bold about recycling the 427 concept's lines, including a very dated interior and a truck aping front end. WTF.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i like it, very aggressive and muscular.
      • 8 Years Ago
      oops * chevy front end... like the current lights their trucks are using now :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      more bland moves.
      Blatant rip of the 300C backend. And the 300C has been out for a while now - probably due for an update. And this is just a concept!

      god I hope ford does not go under before 2012 as I own some ford bonds. I think they might though. Their corporate bonds are official rated as junk bonds now :(
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford has managed to resurrect the quartec steering wheel from the 1973 Austin Allegro.

      Talk about reaching...
      • 8 Years Ago
      sorry ford fans, but i think the charger is well suited as the new mass police car. as a civilian car it's sweet as hell and as a police car....dont even try!
      • 8 Years Ago
      A Square steering wheel!??!?!?!

      I really hate this overly stylized square thing they got going.

      I Cant stand the blocky front and such a horrible interior!

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