2013 Ford Taurus and 2012 Taurus Police Interceptor – Click either image for high-res gallery

2012 Ford Taurus Police InterceptorThe Ford Crown Victoria has been such a valuable asset to police agencies around the U.S. that some municipalities have gone as far as to order extras. The reason? The Crown Vic will be retired at the end of 2011, with a replacement coming in the form of the Taurus Police Interceptor. But with the new 2013 Taurus being shown at the New York Auto Show and Ford already having shown a version of the cruiser based on the 2011 model, which version will the cops get?

USA Today reports that Ford product boss Derrick Kuzak says the Taurus PI will in fact be based off the 2013 model, which includes LED taillights and new front and rear fascias. Beyond cosmetic upgrades, the 2013 Taurus will also receive a 27-horsepower boost from the 3.5-liter V6 (to 290 hp) and an EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbo that boasts highway fuel economy of 31 miles per gallon. The V6-powered EcoBoost Taurus SHO will continue to feature 365 hp.

Since the new Taurus PI will be a 2013 model, will it also offer all three powertrains? We're thinking there might be a few police agencies that would be interested in a more fuel efficient cop car. A 2.0-liter EcoBoost model could save municipalities some bucks, but historically, most departments have shied away from the high-tech and smaller displacement in favor of the less complex and tried-and-true, so we're not sure how well they'd fare in the marketplace. What are your thoughts? Have your say in Comments.





[Source: USA Today]


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      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      In the small town I live in where we have one cop who basically slowly cruises the streets and idles for 8 hours a day, the 2.0 would be a good alternative.
        John S
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        Frankly, I think hybrids would be an ideal application for a police car. Half they time they're sitting around idling anyway, and they only really need power in boosts. Also, with all the electonics & gizmos they need, it makes more sense to run all that stuff off batteries that get charged through regenerative braking, than running them off batteries that get charged by a big V8 spinning an alternator.
          Aaron Koehne
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John S
          the Chevy Caprice comes with an auxiliary that is dedicated to the task of powering all the electrical emergency equipment.....hybrids are very expensive and would probably break if driven too hard
          bssplayr
          • 3 Years Ago
          @John S
          I'm not too sure I'd want the added weight of the hybrid system, not to mention that you'd then have to train and supply the police maintenance departments with a lot of extra parts. The extra 'gizmos' are also a significant electrical draw on that battery - lights, communications, computer, GPS, etc. I think you'd be seeing such police cruisers going through batteries far faster than the average consumer - and that's not a cheap swap-out. Have any hybrids even been tested for 'severe duty' such as a police cruiser?
      Danaon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Fuel efficiency is great and all, but for fleets what matters most is durability, availability of parts, and cost of repairs. Ford seems hellbent on shoving turbos into cop cars, and that is not going to sit well with cops, ESPECIALLY when you can't get RWD, only FWD and AWD. No sensible fleet manager is going to pick up AWD twin turbo v6 interceptors. GM did it right with the new Caprice: RWD, slightly detuned pushrod v8 (for even more reliability), and all that under $30k. I just know what Ford was thinking when they decided to replace the Crown Vic with FWD/AWD v6 only cruiser. I guess they didn't want to bother doing the work to make a RWD v8 police cruiser. GM at least got to use a platform they already had, and is having the Aussies build it.
        Jonathan Wilson
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Danaon
        The Holden Commodore (the base for the new GM cop car) has been tested in real-world police use for years and is the perfect choice for a cop car.
      EnzoHonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope municipalities are okay with giving police services more money for their fleets. I'm sure the Taurus Interceptor will be a significantly better and more efficient car than the Crown Victoria, but it will not be cheaper to buy or run. That's why they like the CV. The fuel economy will be appreciated, but they won't save enough over the life of the car to cover the initial price premium. Also, there's no way this can be cheaper to fix and maintain than a CV.
        • 3 Years Ago
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          NightFlight
          • 3 Years Ago
          Different vehicle, stupid point. Why even bring up the last generation Taurus? The two are DRASTICALLY different.
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      See Me Hemi
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know if I have too much of a point but to the people ragging on V6s in cop cars, many of the Chargers I have seen in two states over the last few years have been V6 variants. Not that the Charger has been too much of a hit with police, anyway.
        jtav2002
        • 3 Years Ago
        @See Me Hemi
        I've seen a lot of V6 Chargers as well. Most of the ones the DE State Police use are V6's. I've heard mixed reviews on the Chargers some departments love them, some have them. Mine seems to like them most officers have no complaints and they have been switching the fleet over from CV's to Chargers over the past 2 years or so.
      CarGuy
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's gotta happen, budgets are being slashed so departments are looking for efficiency and reliability. The gov't is coming down on manufacturers to build cars more reliably, look at the recent recalls issued for 15 year old cars, and setting higher MPG standards. Ford is offering the regular V6 with an option for the twin turbo V6. Read the technical specs and you'll see Ford has put a lot of R&D into this twin turbo engine including a abusive test last year ending in an engine tear down in public, just to prove its worth. Check out the Taurus SHO forums and you'll see reports of highway MPG near 30 and around town MPG around 20. I think these turbo engines are the interim step to a more fuel efficient platform, maybe diesel/hybrid or all electric.
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        Danaon
        • 3 Years Ago
        Highway duty. Damn near ANYTHING could outrun a 4000 lb car with a 2.4L. If it was just in an urban area, then I could understand using Astras or whatever.
        Aaron Koehne
        • 3 Years Ago
        it's for reliability and durability purposes
      TORO Rojo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know I'd like my cop cars constantly idling in a hidden alley or a 7-11 to use less fuel. Prolly save thousands in the first month of use.
      TruthHertz
      • 3 Years Ago
      My bother is a cop and I don't think that a 2.0T is a good fit based upon what he told me he does.
        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        A turbo 4 litter is going to be on boost for all but the easiest acceleration, especially in a 4,000+ pound car. That's great for the turbo. These cars idle for large periods of time, which isn't good due to the inherent danger of fuel dilution in the crappy bulk oil that most police departments are content to use. They are also started on a moments whim and then floored to go to a call before the engine oil has time to come up to temperature where it can flow properly without popping the oil pressure bypass valve. This won't give adequate oil to protect much of anything, especially the turbo. My quibbles have nothing to do with power, and everything to do with reliability, especially when these guys are trying to protect US from being raped, murdered, stolen from, or being forced to listen to Kesha. "I was going to save that family from being sodomized and killed by the escaped criminal, but my Taurus broke down."
        A_Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TruthHertz
        Sounds like my parents that think all 4 cylinders still have only 80 hp.
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      TriShield
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hwy MPG is not actually what a car uses. It's average overall is what it uses which is much closer to the city number. I also don't think police are going to be clamoring for a four-cylinder, 4400lb, FWD car to replace their Crown Victorias, if Ford even offers the popo the four popper.
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