With the Crown Victoria about to make its exit from police fleets, Ford is readying its next round of law enforcement vehicles: the Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility. Based on the Taurus and Explorer, the new cruisers have been beefed up, and the automaker has let some active-duty officers have at them.
In anticipation of the new pursuit-ready vehicles, Ford has released a set of videos produced after letting four active-duty officers have at the Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility at its Arizona proving ground. The officers drove both the sedan and the crossover through a set of tests simulating real-world driving – from slick surfaces, low-traction, to city driving. Also on hand for comparison were a 2010 Dodge Charger Pursuit and 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, both of which had V-8 engines and rear-wheel drive in contrast to the Fords’ V-6 engines and all-wheel drive.
The 2012 Ford Police Interceptor will be offered to law enforcement units in either sedan or crossover guises. The PI Sedan can be outfitted with either front- or all-wheel drive and powered by either a 3.5-liter V-6 engine making 280+ horsepower or the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 out of the Taurus SHO pumping out 365+ horsepower. The PI Utility comes with all-wheel drive and a 3.7-liter V-6 producing 280+ horsepower. Both models use a beefed-up six-speed automatic transmission and will go on sale starting this fall.
While the videos may be more marketing than unbiased testing, they still show just how capable the new Ford Police Interceptors will be. Make sure to check out the videos below, and start memorizing what those headlights look like in your rearview mirror.