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2012 Ford Police Interceptor – Click above for high-res image gallery

Last month, Ford pulled the cover off of its all-new 2012 Police Interceptor, the Taurus-based cop car that will be hitting the streets of America near the end of 2011. Now, we've had the chance to see the new cruiser in the flesh, and might we say, it'll look pretty menacing when it shows up in your rearview mirror.

The 2012 Police Interceptor will be available with a 3.5-liter V6, in naturally aspirated and twin-turbo EcoBoost variants. The base engine will be available with front- or all-wheel drive, while the top-end models with the turbocharged engine will only use all-wheel drive. Naturally, six-speed automatics are standard across the board, but the shifter is now column-mounted, leaving more room along the center stack for the police-spec equipment.

Inside, Ford has stripped away a good deal of the Taurus interior to make it more livable for both officers and criminals. Up front, the seats have been re-contoured to provide space for the cop's utility belt, and in back, the doors now open a full 71 degrees, making ingress and egress easier for baddies. What's more, the space between the two front seats is the exact same spec as the outgoing Crown Vic, meaning police fleets can simply transfer their old equipment into the new cars.

We're pretty eager to see these new cruisers hit the roads (so long as they aren't tailing behind us). Furthermore, Ford has plans to create a utility-oriented Police Interceptor (read: Flex-based), so we'll look for that to debut later this year. Click through the gallery below to see high-res shots of the new Police Interceptor from all angles.



Photos by Steven J. Ewing / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugly
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mulally's folly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Get this to market soon! If I see one more Dodge Charger in police guard I will gauge my eyes out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I prefer being chased in a rear wheel drive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Especially when it's snowing ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks good
        • 4 Years Ago
        all I thiought when I saw this is wheather there is going to be a new Robocop movie coming up soon

        the design really is a modernized Robocop Taurus
        • 4 Years Ago
        One more time, Ford hits the nail on the head.

        Smart. They've gotten so darned smart.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny, I was just pricing out an SHO (in Tuxedo Black) on Ford's site, wondering what all the chrome trim would look like blacked out. This kinda makes me want to go for it and have all the trim painted glossy black. Throw on the PI wheels and it would look sinister!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Flex-based patrol wagon sounds like a good seller.

      i have always thought that Chrysler erred by not selling a Magnum-based patrol wagon to accompany the Charger.

      • 4 Years Ago
      An Ecoboost Police Cruiser could do wonders for peoples perceptions of the Ecoboost engine. I know a lot of people who are worried about the long term durability of such an engine, but if they see it being used with success in fleet vehicles they might feel better about paying more for it. Especially in vehicles like the F150, where N/A V8's have always reigned supreme.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Try more like 100K for most larger cities.

        200K + is for the cabbies out there.

        Not many departments keep a car longer than 100K to 150K miles. By then its usually a parts car anyways. That's why the cabbies pick them up cheap at the auction.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just because Ford says something doesn't mean everyone automatically trusts it. Proving itself under actual hard use conditions (like in a police cruiser) is how it builds a reputation. If police departments can get 200,000+ miles out of the ecoboost like they can with the 4.6L, more people will consider buying it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford has gone above n beyond durability and reliability testing for the EcoBoost to ensure there are No Reliability Problems in the future... Google "EcoBoost boot camp" and you will find countless articles about these details, for example:

        "With Road Cycle Durability tests, engines were cold started 1000 times and revved up to peak power and torque for sustained amounts of time. Turbos were subjected to 950 degree Celsius conditions for 10 minutes and then quickly run at room temperature for the same time period. Their touted 10-year lifespan (or 150,000 mile equivalent) durability is largely said to be due to their tough water-cooled bearing jackets..."
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford is only touting a 150k mile lifespan for the Ecoboost's two turbos? Water cooled bearing jackets have been around on OE applications since the early-mid 80's, including on Ford's.

        My Volkswagen, with a much more intricate variable nozzle turbo now has 226k on the original unit.

        Next time you price the cost of extended warranties from aftermarket companies, notice that the most expensive cars to mechanically insure are those that are a) turbocharged and b) all wheel drive. Not good for fleet, despite what any recycled durability PR tries to promote.

        Can't help but think whoever is making the decisions at "government motors" is the one making good ones by importing a more simple platform for fleet rather than pushing a Taurus with 50 lbs of tech stuffed into a transverse, 30 lb. bag.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Coming to a future near you:

      http://imgur.com/u1GM0.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like Judge dredd might come out from that car...haha
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not a column mounted shifter in the regular Taurus? With the advent of shifter buttons, there's no fiddling with that lever anymore. Get it out of the way!

      Hey GM and Chrysler, you too! BMW already led the way in the 7.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would be cool with a push button selector but a column mounted shifter is about the lamest thing you could put in a modern car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hell, I'd even like a column mounted shifter on a car with a manual transmission. That leaves room for bench seats. Bring optional six seater cars back! Modern civilian high way cruisers don't need you sitting in a bucket to go in a straight line.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pushbutton transmissions... wave of the future... in all the highest-tech cars, like the 1957 DeSoto, 1958 Edsel, and 1959-1981 GAZ-13.

        ...in all honesty, though, I prefer having an actual lever... with buttons, you have to concentrate and make sure you're hitting the right one... with a lever, you can use muscle-memory and feel to manipulate it...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I much prefer the column shifter myself.
      • 4 Years Ago
      cool
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