In a series of videos on its YouTube channel, Ford has explained the targets for its new Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles. The automaker says the new police cruisers will live up to the memory of the discontinued Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
In the videos, Ford representatives explain how many of the parts are upgraded for police interceptor duty in an attempt to meet or exceed the Crown Victoria’s durability. The new Police Interceptors improve on the Crown Victoria’s fuel economy, performance, and safety. Both new Fords come with V-6 engines and all-wheel drive. The engines, which have been tuned for more response, can run on E85 or gasoline.
Braking is also important for the police interceptors. Front and rear rotors are larger and thicker for better heat dissipation. Ford uses the same calipers, rotors and pads, as well as wheel and tire package on both the sedan and utility. The drivetrains are virtually identical with only a few different components to make service and maintenance easier.
Ford says its engineers benchmarked the Crown Victoria, which can withstand a 75 mph rear impact. The new Police Interceptor also has a slew of airbags including roll curtain airbags that come out of the headliner.
The automaker says the new Police Interceptor vehicles are “upfit friendly” to aid installation of police-specific equipment. Light bars, radios, laptops and radar scanners outlive most police cruisers, so Ford made it easier to install existing equipment removed from Crown Victoria models. The interiors also gain new features including steering wheel mounted controls that can operate aftermarket equipment. Seats have been redesigned to accommodate utility belts and ballistic doors are included on Police Interceptor models.