Ford Planning New Top Cop Cruiser
by KBB.com Editors | November 16, 2009 11:35 AM
While filling in few details, Ford Motor Company has confirmed its plans to maintain its leadership in the law enforcement vehicle arena by introducing an "all-new" Ford Police Interceptor to replace the geriatric Crown Victoria which ceases production in 2011. Ford, which currently accounts for about 75 percent of the U.S. police pursuit fleets -- or roughly 45,000 cars annually -- says it will reveal more specifics sometime in early 2010 for this purpose-designed vehicle that will be added to the Blue Oval's 2011 lineup. Back in 2007, Ford displayed a concept car called the Interceptor, pictured here. However that four-door styling exercise was originally presented as a one-off neo-retro muscle car based on a stretched Mustang platform. While timing of this new purpose-built vehicle -- and Ford's president of the Americas, Mark Fields stating that it "will be engineered and built in America" -- leads to speculation that it would have to be based on the new front-drive Taurus, the company also could spin it from a unique U.S. iteration of its extremely capable and already well-proven rear-drive Australian Falcon model. Whatever the case, Ford says the Interceptor will have the benefit of 14 months of developmental input for the automaker's Police Advisory Board on everything from performance and safety to driver comfort and convenience. Fields added that: "We have heard the repeated requests from the law enforcement community to continue uninterrupted support of the law enforcement community" and that in continuing that longstanding commitment, Ford will offer various municipal police forces a vehicle with lower overall ownership costs that come as a result of its improved fuel efficiency coupled with enhanced quality and durability.