No Ford police vehicle has ever been as efficient as the upcoming Police Interceptor, the automaker says. With a 288-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the Taurus-based sedan is set to get an EPA rating of 18/26 mpg city/highway.
What’s more interesting than Ford’s EPA mileage figures is the claim that the Police Interceptor V-6 sedan will get 35 percent improved fuel economy while idling, compared with the outgoing V-8-powered Crown Victoria. Law enforcement vehicles spend an extraordinary amount of time idling — Ford cites a study from Ottawa, Canada, in which the average police vehicle spent up to 6.7 hours of every 10-hour shift idling.
With so much time spent idling, we wonder whether an auto stop/start system is in the future for Ford, Chevrolet, or Dodge police vehicles. As for the new Ford sedan, the car provides 4/5 mpg city/highway more than the outgoing Crown Victoria police car, with 38 more horsepower.
For police officers who need more power at their command, the all-wheel-drive EcoBoost version of the 3.5-liter V-6 makes 365 horsepower and gets 16/23 mpg. Knock off one mpg for the Explorer-based Police Interceptor utility, which uses a 304-hp 3.7-liter V-6. Acceleration from 0-60 mph comes in a claimed 8.4 seconds.
“Our latest fuel-efficient V6 engines deliver on our promise for increased performance and improved economy, while providing government agencies with a money-saving solution,” said Bill Gubing, chief engineer of the Ford Police Program.
We’re not sure how difficult it was to increase performance and fuel economy compared to the outgoing Ford Crown Victoria police vehicles. The real question will be how the EPA-rated Ford Police Interceptor sedan and SUV fare against Chevrolet and Dodge competitors. Who do you think will emerge as the winner in the U.S. police vehicle segment?