• Mar 14th 2010 at 12:56PM
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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.


  • Ford Police Interceptor: All-new Ford Police Interceptor sedan will offer two fuel-efficient powertrain options � including EcoBoost with all wheel-drive � along with an array of safety technologies; interior has been designed to meet the unique law enforcement needs. (3/15/2010)
  • Ford Police Interceptor: New Ford Police Interceptor sedan will offer two fuel-efficient powertrain options � including EcoBoost with all wheel-drive � along with an array of safety technologies; interior has been designed to meet the unique law enforcement needs (3/15/2010)
  • Ford Police Interceptor Concept: Ford, the market leader in the law enforcement vehicle segment, reveals its all-new, purpose-built Police Interceptor that will exceed the durability, safety, performance and fuel economy of the outgoing Ford Crown Victoria. (3/15/2010)
  • Ford Police Interceptor: Ford reveals its all-new, purpose-built Police Interceptor, engineered to exceed durability, safety and performance of today's leading police car � the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. (3/15/2010)

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Actually Dave B,

      as for wasting money, it's the general population that doesn't use the capacity of an SUV or van or pickup. Government agencies, police, EMS etc., DO USE the capacity almost 100% of the time, which brings up another point: It's great to save fuel in a police force, but certainly not the most important area to save. Savings should be made on the individual consumer level. Sure, it's nice to save fuel for police in city budgets, but fuel in one of the absolute SMALLEST expenses of a city agency, and in terms of environmental benefit, a policy shift to increase cost of downtown parking or more "toll roads" for the general populous will reap a much greater environmental reward. It's like those who believe Ferrari should go hybrid or at least ethanol. Who the hell cares? How many ferraris on the road? How many corollas are on the road? Use common sense.

        • 5 Years Ago
        "How many ferraris on the road? How many corollas are on the road? Use common sense."

        = It's called the syndrome of the needle in the haystack.


        Common-sense says there's no exception: Everybody has to cut down, even if it means going from 10mpg to 13mpg.

        Do you also litter your neighborhood with trash because "there's so many people that my actions won't have any measurable impact".
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Nick: That's ridiculous.

        Common sense says you are wasting your time going after low volume manufacturers like ferrari, bentley, and Lamborghini(among others). You don't gain anything by atacking them. The numbers of them on the road are far to low to make any even remotely appreciable difference(nevermind the fact that most are barely driven when they are bought) and the amount of effort you're trying to spend to change them could certainly be of better use when applied to higher volume manufactrers.

        The crusades that environmentalists with similar viewpoints seem illogical to many for this very reason-it just looks like they're trying to illicit some sort of class war to shame the wealthy. You realistically have nothing to gain environmentally, but you would be spiting wealthy consumers.
        There's no common sense in that at all. Just an illogical vendetta.
      • 5 Years Ago
      RoboCop drove a Taurus. I guess it's about time for a cyborg to come to market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's the mileage it gets when 85% of its duty cycle is sitting idling and the other 15% is max throttle in a persuit?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fuel savings are irrelevant. Fuel efficiency is irrelevant.

      Increases in fuel demand stemming from economic and population growth swamp any efficiency gains.

      What matters is switching fuel from a dirty, economy-wrecking, terror-funding fuel to clean-burning, cartel-proof, non-terror-funding fuel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You should be happy to learn the NA version of the Taurus Police Interceptor can run on E85.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am, nrb, and especially so because I know that many government auto fleets are stored and refueled in specialized facilities that only use alternate fuel, and thus that E85 police cars are much more likely than other flex fuel vehicles to actually use E85.

        What prompted my remark was not so much the article as the comment threads afterwards, all of which came from people who are throughly stuck in the mental habit of prioritizing fuel efficiency and reduced consumption over other goals that are far more important.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @FlappyPaddle

      Yea, start/stop would be nice, but you'd need an electric A/C compressor for the more balmy climates. I've been in a Honda Insight with start/stop that didn't have electric A/C in LA...and that sucked.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford's Fusion hybrid doesn't lose any features, including heat or A/C, when the ICE is off. Everything runs from the hybrid battery. If it wasn't for the fact that I am 6'4", I would have bought one. Instead, I am the proud owner of the second-best to the Fusion: the Mercury Mariner hybrid SUV. Very nice, and I'm averaging about 1.5mpg less than my former 2004 Scion xA. My goal is to beat that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The other issue is whether the police will buy this vehicle.

      When I look around Phoenix, a lot of the Crown Vic's have been replaced by full size SUV's like the GMC Yukon or Chevy Tahoe. Police are all driving SUV's just like the government.

      Talk about wasting taxpayer money......

      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they could have gone with a smaller V6 turbo-diesel which would have given up to 40% better mpg and have less maintenance cost. And all that extra torque from the diesel would be helpful in times of persuit. At idle a diesel uses much less fuel than a gasoline engine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow what an accomplishment....getting 25% better mileage than a Crown Vic....

      BFD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Which mean it now gets what..18mpg?

        This is still a bloated heavy turd that's going to idle all day long just to keep the computer on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Forget about EVs....a simple freaking electric battery backup with solar charging and a start/stop system would have sufficed.

        Honestly....is it THAT hard to make a car more efficient in its function? Police cars are not in a chase 24 hours a day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Given the requirements for a police car, what do you suggest, Noz? There's no EV that can meet the tech specs, much less the cost. Pure diesel is a marginal improvement, trading one profile of poisonous emissions for another.

        The only way Ford could have done better is to use their superior hybrid technology, which would at least solve the idling consumption problem brought up by Nick. Ford's hybrids have all the acceleration and speed a pursuit vehicle would need, while providing longer service intervals as well as significantly lower fuel consumption.

        An EcoBoost-based hybrid would have been smarter, if they were really serious about making a big difference in police fleets.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's nice, but the MPG bar was not very hard to leap over in the first place!
      It could be even better, but i figure they put the lower-tech motor in it for maintenance and reliability purposes.

      Stop and start would be nice, but the accessories can have a large electrical drain. So much that they have to install a pretty burly upgraded alternator in the cars, while idling the car is basically a generator.. so.. :/

        • 5 Years Ago
        No the Taurus PI has a 220amp alternator.
        http://www.fordvehicles.com/fordpoliceinterceptor/
        Click on Features -> Durability -> View Details.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ah we had a misunderstanding. I meant that the taurus, in police interceptor form, gets a mega alternator compared to the regular one ( so stop & go or a hybrid system is less likely to be useable due to the car's power demands )
        • 5 Years Ago
        "So much that they have to install a pretty burly upgraded alternator in the cars,"

        They're putting in a 220+ amp alternator already.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Do you mean the taurus already has the high output alternator? that would be weird.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they should have put more effort into incorporating a hybrid powerplant in the PI edition since the majority of time is spent parked and idling on the side of the road. The mpg gains you see from that would be enormous for that application
        • 5 Years Ago
        A huge part in considering the purchase of police vehicles is cost. Not just the purchase price, but also maintenance. Adding a hybrid system would dramatically increase both those costs. This is probably also why they're offering the non-ecoboost motor.

        One would hope that when idling, Ford has set this motor up to be a real fuel sipper.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Whoops. Gave neptronix credit where I should have given Jason credit. neptronix gets credit on the accessory drain.

        Oh well. Ya all know what you said. :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @nrb

        They should have start/stop tech on it never thought of it until just now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Start/stop tech would be worth considering. They'd have to use deep cycle batteries and auto start the motor when they get low. An operational squad can suck the batteries down quickly.

        As neptronix points out, A/C would be a consideration. So would heat in the winter. I really have no idea at what point it stops making sense, but it'd be good to understand. Perhaps Ford should consider a pilot program to see how well it works.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with you but I think the reason it hasnt happened is because of the weight of the vehicle already being so high adding in a hybrid drivetrain would take this car in to oil tanker weight territory lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why would adding a hybrid powertrain increase the operating costs? Less fuel, fewer oil changes, fewer brake pad replacements...the only hurdle would be increased cost and *slightly* increased weight. My 2010 Mariner hybrid is shockingly fast when merging with 65mph+ traffic, as well as for changing lanes with ease in tight traffic at speed. A hybrid powertrain using the V6 EcoBoost would kick colossal a$$ while significantly reducing fuel consumption.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly!
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