With the ancient Ford Crown Victoria moving into the history books, police forces around the country have bemoaned its passing.
Not surprisingly, the pursuit to provide all-new police vehicles seems to have heated up recently with Dodge heavily promoting its new car.
Not to be outdone Ford has introduced two new vehicles, a Sedan and a Utility, for police use. What's more the pursuit-rated Ford Police Interceptors come standard with all-wheel-drive, although a front-wheel-drive configuration is optional.
The 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility have passed stringent Michigan State Police tests and have proven they are ready for law enforcement use. According to Ford, the Police Interceptor Utility not only outperformed the Chevrolet Tahoe but held its own amongst the sedans being tested.
The Sedan, based on the Taurus, is available with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V-6 or 3.5-liter EcoBoostTM V-6 engine producing over 280 horsepower. The Utility, based on the Explorer, has 3.7-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V-6 engine producing 300 hp. Ford claims that the performance and handling, as well as the fuel economy, is better than that obtained by the V-8 in the old Crown Victoria police car. An all-new EcoBoost V-6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine is also available producing 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
Bigger 18-inch five-spoke steel wheels and tires are designed to work with a new brake system for improved capability. Additional unique components include a larger heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator. A honeycomb grille provides increased airflow throughout the vehicle to improve cooling and enhance operation.
It's going to be interesting to see if traditionally-minded law enforcement officers adapt to these new smaller pursuit vehicles. If you want to drive one you'll either have to join a police force or try to persuade Ford to start selling civilian versions.