The Ford Taurus-based Special Service Police model will now be offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine, Ford announced today in a statement. The move is designed to offer police departments improved fuel economy for non-pursuit vehicles.
The automaker already offers a version of the Ford Taurus called the Police Interceptor Sedan, which has been specifically modified with stronger components and with provisions so police departments can add more communications and safety gear. The new Special Service Police model is similar in most respects but is not intended for high-speed pursuits; rather, its thriftier engine is intended for more quotidian police work.
"Not every police officer needs a pursuit-rated vehicle," Ford police marketing manager Jonathan Honeycutt said in a statement. "As agencies look to replace older, V8-equipped cruisers with more efficient cars, Ford is at the ready."
Under the hood of the Special Service Police is the same 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four that is available in the consumer Ford Taurus, rated for 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. As in the Ford Taurus, the police car comes with active front grille shutters to improve aerodynamics. In the police car, where it is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, the engine will return 20/30 mpg (city/highway). While that's down from the ratings return by a Ford Taurus with the 2.0-liter engine, which manages 22/32 mpg, it's a big improvement over the outgoing Ford Crown Victoria police car, which averaged just 14/21 mpg in EPA testing thanks to its thirsty 4.6-liter V-8 engine.
The Police Interceptor Sedan , which is based on the Ford Taurus, also offers police departments a choice from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with front-wheel drive, a 3.7-liter V-6 with front- or all-wheel drive, and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 with all-wheel drive.