• Mar 10th 2010 at 1:29PM
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Hold on to your sap gloves and night sticks – it's that time of the decade! An Autoblog source reveals that Ford is about to release a brand spankin' new Police Interceptor. Not only is this humongous news for our pals in the law enforcement community, but this is 120-point headline font for taxi companies around the country, as they typically buy old Police Interceptors with 90,000 miles on 'em and repurpose them as the cabs we all know and love passing out in. Why? Because Police Interceptors are the toughest passenger cars money can buy.

Few of us have the need to drive over curbs at 50+ mph, but if that need arises, you're going to want to do so in an Interceptor. Aside from the "severe duty" shocks, you get a beefed up frame and body mounts. Yes, that is correct. The Crown Victoria-based Police Interceptor is body-on-frame. Listen, when you're PIT maneuvering a perp during a high speed chase, the last thing you want to worry about is bending the chassis. Plus you got them heavy duty brakes, suspension components and oil coolers. A sweet package, no doubt.

Here's the thing though. If this new Police Interceptor is more than a package, what platform will it ride on? Ford has stated publicly that it's ending the geriatric Panther Platform Crown Victoria's life in 2011. We'll go ahead and interpret that to mean that this new Police Interceptor won't be Crown Victoria-based. Do we know that for sure? No, but it's a logical bit of speculation. Could the new Interceptor be Taurus-based, maybe something with a SHO motor and stouter brakes? Again, yes, but for all we know the upcoming car's a Fiesta with the Mustang GT's new 5.0-liter V8 crammed in the rear seat. Or one of them apocryphal Australia-only rear-drive Falcons. All we know for sure is that Ford's introducing a new Police Interceptor to a select group of folks in Las Vegas this Friday. Production? Concept? We're not entirely sure yet. More details when we get them.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Cops should drive Ford Fusion Hybrids. So they can 'protect' the environment and 'serve' the American economy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Ford has stated publicly that it's ending the geriatric Panther Platform Crown Victoria's life in 2011. We'll go ahead and interpret that to mean that this new Police Interceptor won't be Crown Victoria-based."

      I'll take it to mean the Falcon has a chance in the U.S.

      Now, if Ford keeps the Ranger and brings a minivan it'll have a full model lineup in the U.S.

      ...Well, except for BOF off-road capable SUV but since a crewcab 4x4 Ranger can fullfill the role of an SUV, I think I could let that slide.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Falcon platform is engineered only for right hand drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If it's the Australian Falcon, I'll be lining up to get one when they auction them off!
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they brought it over it will be illegal for public use since its right hand drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The last of the V8 Interceptors... a piece of history! :-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Get the Aussie FG Falcon turbo charged inline 6 with the 6 speed ZF auto. Great handling, plenty of speed and light on the gas bill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Retiring the Crown Victoria is like retiring the F-14 Tomcat its going to be sad to see it go. But on the bright side there will be alot more on the market in the future.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I see no correlation between these two, other than possibly you like them both.
      • 5 Years Ago
      a rear engined PI would allow the car to be used as a ram with less chance of totaling the whole car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well I don't know about you guys but I have always liked the big ole Crown Vic.
      Especially from the rear . Leave it alone . Just up-date the front end & interior and slip in the new 5.0 . I'll be the first in line at my local Ford dealer .
        • 5 Years Ago
        The ONLY thing I have always had against the CV was the wimpy power output. The old 9C1 Caprices would run away from the CV easily. I guarantee you that virtually any cop that drove one of the Caprices (discontinued in '96) would tell you that they would take one in a heart-beat over a CV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whatever happened to the company who was only building purpose built cruisers?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford produces the police vehicles and there are also known as CVPI (Crown Victoria Police Interceptor). Then they are fitted with the necessary equipment that was not factory installed (laptops, internet, communications specific to the police department, etc) by the police/sheriff departments themselves or other companies which specialize in emergency vehicles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Still in business, but nobody trusts a startup. They'll need major backing before they get sales.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Because of the rapid development timeline, I expect this to be a Ford from downunder, RWD with the 5.0 V8...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, they have to do something, anything.

      Holden reported in Australia that they have upwards of 70,000 orders for the Hold... er Chevrolet Caprice they will be exporting to the US. That's a hefty chunk of business. I'm surprised that story never made AutoBlog.

      The new (ish) Charger will debut soon as well and Chrysler took one out of the Ford playbook, tweaking and refining and existing car and marketing it as "all-new". They are pretty stout cars with awesome performance and are getting cheaper and more common by the month.

      Is a 4,400lb, V6, FWD answer from Ford really going to challenge what's on the market now? We'll see.
      Al.O.
      • 5 Years Ago
      criminals are in trouble now
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