• Mar 12th 2010 at 7:29PM
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2012 Ford Police Interceptor reveal – Click above to watch the video

Earlier today, Ford unveiled its next generation Police Interceptor (they'd rather you not call it a Taurus) at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway before a group of police agency fleet buyers. The event was webcast live, but you can now watch a replay as Ford president Mark Fields and vehicle line director Scott Tobin explain the process of developing the new cruiser and how it differs from a civilian Taurus.

The Dodge Charger has been stomping all over the Crown Vic and Impala in recent years during the annual Michigan State Police vehicle test, but that process could end this year when the new Taurus Police Interceptor hits the track. The 365-horsepower Ecoboost-powered Interceptor should be right up there with the Dodge and may well provide better fuel economy to boot.

Ford isn't talking price yet for the new cop cars, but it aims to make it competitive with the rest of the class, and a claimed 25-percent boost in fuel economy compared to Crown Vic should help ease the pain of transitioning. Check out the video after the jump.

[Source: Ford]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      hope that we will see the hardware discount return in some fashion. At the very least, give developers the same discounts as teachers and students but, better yet, the same discounts given institutions (K-12 and Higher Ed).
      • 5 Years Ago
      All I wanna know is: does it have a column shifter?? The interior shot looks like it! Yay!
      • 5 Years Ago
      funny you can hear the cars on the track during the presentation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As the music starter playing I kinda expected Mark Fields to dance onto the podium. :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks Amazing - Go get em boys !
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know that's not really a good news...

        ... for us.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh, I don´t know...looks like a transformer.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see many departments wanting to shell out more for the EcoBoost engine over a V8 Charger or Caprice. Ford makes a good car, but economy + cost of maint/repair > almost everything else for fleet vehicles like this. Color me skeptical. Looks great though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you might see Highway Patrol/State Police departments pick up a few, but as I understand it most of the municipal/county police Chargers are V6 models. In the case of both the Charger and Taurus, the V6s are more powerful than the Crown Vic's V8, and move the cars just fine on their own.
      glenn stordeur
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Carbon cruiser blows this away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Two words: Carbon Motors
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do you know were I can see any video of the E7 going through a testing session?

        I love the idea and the vehicle and wish everyone involved with the project the best of luck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        13 words: Diesel is more efficient and departments will save money in the long run.

        Carbon Motors E7 runs on diesel, yet still has great performance and better gas mileage. With an estimated 250,000 mile life, it will also last longer. Why do our Government and Public Services rarely think if the long term benefits and go for whatever is cheap rather than making a sound investment that will save money in the long run?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hell, I want one for personal use.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alright, so now when the police officers crash THIS car, it'll cost even MORE money to fix. Way to go Ford!

      Can someone please explain why police officers need a 350+ hp rocket sled? I understand the Crown Vic, it has a dependable as all hell V8 that can take ultra abuse, something a V6 or I4 really can't do, but why do police officers need that much MORE power?

      I personally don't want them going on high speed chases. Whatever happened to radioing in a roadblock?

      I'm sure I'm going to get flamed for this opinion, or have at least one or two members point out EXTREMELY rare instances in which lots of power saved so and so's life, and how I'm probably an a-hole, but I don't care. This is my honest opinion, and if someone can give me a GOOD reason, I'd definitely be willing to change it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Two words: SHOCK and AWE

        As in: you'll be SHOCKed by how much these will cost taxpayers, but the cops will feel "AWE"fully cool....

        • 5 Years Ago
        There's always the possibility that it's not all about high-speed chases, although the fact remains that, as more and more 'everyday' cars are being equipped with more and more horsepower, it only stands to reason that the police need something that'll keep up. There are also those times when a roadblock isn't the answer, like on a multi-lane highway. Sure, let's just stop ALL traffic to stop ONE guy. Or maybe he's stolen an armored truck or tractor-trailer, cuz yeah, a roadblock will stop one of those.

        Frankly, if there's some sort of emergency that requires that I dial 9-1-1, I'd really prefer that they're equipped with cars that'll get them to where I'm at, in one heck of a hurry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should have used the RoboCop theme music instead, the cool factor would have went through the roof :)

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