At private event for police fleet buyers in Las Vegas on Friday, Ford finally unveiled the replacement for its dinosaur-era Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. The car that Ford hopes will pick up the mantle (and 70 percent market share) of the Crown Vic is a heavily modified version of the new Taurus. Traditionally, most police vehicles have been powered by brawny V8 engines.
However, the Taurus is does not offer any V8 option. Instead Ford will offer two variants, one with a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 putting out 263 horsepower and the second using the 365 hp Ecoboost V6 from the Taurus SHO. The normally aspirated version is flex-fuel capable. According to Ford, the new Taurus-based Police Interceptor will get 25 percent better fuel efficiency than the outgoing V8 Crown Vic while offering significantly better performance. If true, that should give police agencies a real incentive to opt for the Ford since it should come in with higher numbers than any of its competition. With cities everywhere facing tight budgets, anything that can reduce their operating costs will help.