Ford and General Motors have already made big splashes this year by introducing their next-generation police pursuit vehicles, and while the Taurus- and Caprice-based cruisers will surely be stiff competition for one another, Chrysler now presents its police fleet offering, the 2011 Charger Pursuit.
The Pursuit is based on the new-for-2011 Dodge Charger that we only recently saw almost completely uncovered in spy shots, and will be offered with either Chrysler's 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter Hemi V8. (What, no Pursuit SRT8?) Naturally, this Charger has been modified to be better suited for police duty, and includes things like heavy-duty anti-lock brakes, front and rear stabilizer bars, a two-mode police-specific stability control system and 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels.
Inside, the front cabin has been modified to better serve as a mobile command center, and Chrysler is offering a police interface module for easy integration of existing computer equipment. We aren't sure if this is similar to what Ford has done with the Taurus Police Interceptor, and we'll have a better idea when we get more images and details about the Pursuit, likely to be released after the civilian Charger is fully unveiled.
Police forces will be able to order the 2011 Charger Pursuit starting next month. Follow the jump to read the full press release.
August 24, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich.
America's high-performance police vehicle - the all-new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit - has arrived, providing law-enforcement the best combination of tactical technology, safety, power, efficiency and an iconic design that makes any suspect stop in a panic.
The all-new Dodge Charger Pursuit's performance suspension tuning, heavy-duty anti-lock vented-disc brakes (ABS), front- and rear-stabilizer bars, 18-inch performance tires on steel wheels and two-mode police-specific Electronic Stability Control (ESC) calibration make it hot-pursuit ready. For world-class ride and performance handling dynamics, the Dodge Charger Pursuit features a rear-wheel drive design and redesigned front and rear multi-link suspension geometries to deliver a smooth comfortable ride for law enforcement officers who spend long days protecting our streets.
Designed with the guidance of the brand's Police Advisory Board, the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit's mobile-command interior features a Police Interface Module for easy equipment integration, police-duty front seats, column-mounted automatic transmission with Auto Stick, red/white LED interior lighting for night-vision equipment and more.
Dodge Charger Pursuit surrounds the heroic men and women who protect us with uncompromising safety and security equipment, including standard advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, seat-mounted side-thorax air bags, supplemental side-curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers, driver's knee bag, tire-pressure monitoring and more.
Behind its sinister face, the Dodge Charger Pursuit offers an all-new standard E-85 capable 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine with variable-valve timing (VVT) and available legendary 5.7-liter HEMI™ V-8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS).
The all-new 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit will be available for ordering in September 2010 through Chrysler Group LLC's fleet operations. For more information, visit www.fleet.chrysler.com.