First Look: 2012 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor

Most of the other changes made to ready the Taurus to protect and serve are relatively minor. A revised center console provides room for various aftermarket law enforcement devices and is nestled between bespoke cloth bucket seats, and a column shifter has been added to better access the gear. Along with an anti-stab plate installed in the backrest, the seats receive special bolsters designed to accommodate a standard police utility belt. Ford's SYNC system is comes standard, and can be custom-mapped to accommodate the needs of law enforcement.

The rear seat area is naturally less hospitable, but still an improvement over the Crown Victoria's setup. The vinyl bench seat is sculpted for easier handling of detainees and is specially positioned to improve legroom. The revised rear door hinges feature an extra ten degrees of travel to further aid perpetrator loading and unloading.

Apart from the light and push bars, there are subtle ways to ID the Police Interceptor from a normal Taurus. The large, 18-inch steel wheels are an obvious giveaway, and the car also eschews the standard Taurus three-bar grille in favor of a black mesh insert. The car could look virtually stock if these were replaced with standard Taurus parts -- and we're sure officers desiring the ultimate stealth cruiser will do just that.

Ford says production of the Police Interceptor will occur alongside the Taurus at its plant in Chicago, Illinois, and will start as soon as Crown Victoria production ends. Look for it to appear on city streets (or, God forbid, your rearview mirror) next fall.

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It great. Smaller then the Crown Victoria. Australian never will use those as patrol cars.

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