• May 24, 2010
When Ford introduced its Police Interceptor based on the Taurus, it said it had another vehicle in the works that "would share most parts with the Taurus and be available in a utility version." Speculation was that it would be a Flex based on the component spec, but according to The Detroit News, it turns out the as-yet-unseen 2011 Ford Explorer has got the nod.

Ford won't say much about it at the moment as it hasn't been announced officially, but it is understood that the model will be pursuit-rated and pack all-wheel-drive. The latter distinction arguably puts it atop the category: there is a pursuit-rated Chevrolet Tahoe that many police forces already use, but it's only two-wheel-drive. The four-wheel-drive Tahoe, also already employed by rural and urban forces, isn't pursuit-rated.

Ford hasn't given a timeframe for when the police-spec unibody Explorer will be here, but in addition to its arrival giving units like K9 and SWAT a better mobile command post, it ought to help Ford's efforts to maintain its 70-percent share of the police market after the current Crown Victoria-based PI goes out to pasture. Hat tip to Matthew.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is such a good way to memorize what I'll be avoiding. How many autoblogers here have a radar detector?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me or i think this will be a joke? They have unibody and no matter what you guys say, the cops prefer the body on frame for toughness. I sure would not want these cars and I bet it will cost alot to fix. I think ford will loose on these, and GM might make heads with the Tahoe. I did see some body on frame Explorers as police.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You can't keep body on frames around forever, and the rest of the world does just fine with unibody police cars. I suspect the strength and structural integrity of the latest unibody technology can take a beating on par with an outdated Panther body on frame platform.
      • 4 Years Ago
      {Blast From The Past} It'll be "OJ Pursuit" rated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      pursuit is dangerous & passe. install electron guns instead.
      Tim
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder what goes into "Pursuit Rated"
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tim
        Most likely the same as they did with the P71s, better suspension and aftermarket engine parts not to mention reinforced body and frame.

        Well I'm still waiting on the pursuit ready Ford GT with a 4.0l Whipple.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i think Flex EcoBoost + AWD is also a cool(and fast) PI considering all the goods that can be stuffed in the back(and its boxy style as well)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like the Taurus police special isn't gaining broad acceptance with PD purchasing agents. I doubt the unibody Explorer will fare much better. Police departments need the superior reliability and repair-ability inherent in rugged, body on frame, rear wheel drive, V8 vehicles.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Sounds like the Taurus police special isn't gaining broad acceptance with PD purchasing agents."

        I'm not sure where you're getting that from. I'm not calling you wrong, but I'd like to understand where you get that from.

        Change isn't always easy. With such a strong BOF, RWD, V8 history, PD's are going to have an adjustment period. I think Ford is doing just about everything right with the new design. Personally, I'd like to see the 3.7L instead of the turbo/DI 3.5L because I still don't trust the complexity, reliability, and maintainability of turbos in this kind of environment. Initially, I suspect departments will opt for the non-turbo version for the street cars and the turbo versions for the traffic cars.

        I guess we'll see. I don't think you can even order these things yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        currently, the closest thing on the market to a Crown Vic PI would be the Tahoe or the Expedition so I guess these will get the most gains. Even the Aussie Caprice might do better being a less complex RWD V8 setup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      SUVs are lame. I hope all the cops driving them flip over.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would pay to see cops chase a guy down a hill using the new controlled descent feature.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh great, this is just what the taxpayers need. More needless spending on toys to replace the old ones they are tired of. Well I guess its going to effect the public more, being that they will have to issue more tickets in order to keep up the payments on their new toys. It always makes me kinda chuckle when I see a small town that spans no more than 3 city blocks, having a police force with brand spanking new chargers, and mustangs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        OK, I'll bite.

        If you're crusading against gummint waste, you're just going after the most visible, low-hanging fruit. I'm sure there are small speed-trap police agencies that "replace the old ones they are tired of." But in my region, most departments aren't putting the old fleet units out for auction until the odo has rolled well into six figures and the term 'roadworthy' is an abstract suggestion at best. Your findings may differ.

        But then again, if you were just trolling & looking for a response. You got it. Congratulations.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Ford, take the wraps off the Explorer already! I want to see it. An ecoboosted Explorer with all the tech goodies inside just might have my name on it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am right there with you.

        I really hope that they offer the four cylinder Ecoboost on more than just the base model. A mid-level XLT with 4WD might have my name on it for my next vehicle. That is, unless Ford decides to produce a Focus/Fiest ST for the US market!

        Bring it on!!!
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