First-ever Ford Police Interceptor Utility

By Ford Social Member

The first-ever specially-designed Ford Police Interceptor utility built for the rigors of police work, and it is designed to complement Ford’s all-new Police Interceptor sedan. Click here to read more about the Police Interceptor sedan, which was introduced earlier this year. Combined, the two vehicles provide law enforcement agencies the ultimate in versatility and choice, something no other police vehicle on the road today can match.

You can watch the reveal of the Police Interceptor utility live at 3:30 p.m. EST by clicking here.

Ford, the police vehicle market leader for 15 years, developed both Police Interceptors to allow departments to maximize versatility without sacrificing quality. Ford's Police Interceptor utility will deliver at least a 20 percent improvement in fuel-economy over the outgoing Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. Both the sedan and utility Police Interceptor vehicles will debut simultaneously and be offered without interruption when production of the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor ends in late 2011.

With the introduction of its newest Police Interceptor, Ford now provides a complete package of performance and capability designed to meet the diverse and ever-increasing needs of law enforcement agencies across the U.S.

Ford’s new Police Interceptor utility vehicle is equipped with the highly efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine. This Ti-VCT engine, delivering at least 280 horsepower and E85 compatibility, is mated to a unique six-speed automatic transmission that combines lowered initial gears for improved off-the-line acceleration and higher gearing for improved efficiency at lower engine rpm when cruising. Two drivetrain options are available, providing off-road capability teamed with a multipurpose cargo area specially calibrated for loads up to 800 pounds.

Both the sedan and utility are rated for the severe-duty cycle that police professionals undertake on a daily basis and will deliver at least 20 percent more fuel efficiency than the 4.6-liter single overhead cam (SOHC) V8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

When developing the next-generation Police Interceptors, Ford worked with its Police Advisory Board of law enforcement professionals to provide input on key vehicle attributes such as safety, performance, durability, driver convenience and comfort.

Like the sedan, the utility version of the Police Interceptor puts a priority on safety. Continuing Ford’s safety leadership includes engineering both Police Interceptors to pass 75-mph rear-end crash testing. Currently, the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is the only pursuit sedan to meet this test.

The Police Interceptor utility vehicle features Ford’s exclusive Safety Canopy® side-curtain airbag rollover protection system that helps protect passengers in both rollover and side-impact crashes. The multiple side-curtain airbags use Ford’s unique roll-fold technology to help position them between the occupant and the side window.

Just like its sedan partner, Ford’s Police Interceptor utility vehicle has been put through its paces, undergoing a battery of torture tests to ensure its individual components can hold up to rigorous driving. Certification testing designed by the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department proved out the durability and capability of the vehicle through a variety of punishing tracks.

To make sure the utility vehicle can take the heat – quite literally – the AWD drivetrain is equipped with a water-cooled power transfer unit that guarantees capability in all conditions. Across the board, brakes have been increased in size and performance, and the cooling package features a heavy-duty alternator and larger radiator. Standard 18-inch wheels are vented, designed to work in concert with the enhanced brake system.

Both Ford Police Interceptors will be manufactured at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.
William L 01/29/2014
I think the ultimate police car would be a minivan with a 4-cylinder fwd engine/trans up front, and a turbo-V6 powering the rear wheels, the V6 engaged only when ultimate speed is necessary. Police gear could be stored in the middle of the vehicle.
Roger Egan 09/30/2010
To be honest, we need a BMW as a police interseptor.It is real shame that all over Europe, cops drive in a Beamer and down here, we get to drive a ford. ......Politics, politics and politics
Dustin Munro 09/29/2010
Here is a copy of some titles to look up that are articles about what Ford should have in North America as a 2012 and 2013 model Crown Victoria(base model with the I4 ecoboost and Mustang 3.7itre v6 or 3.5 litre ecoboost used in F-150 Pickup truck)while top line versions would have the Coyote engine.The article titles to look up are:
1.Ford's new V8 Ford Falcon- yours for just $7500
2.FPV Announces Supercharged V8 Engine

3.First Look: Ford Performance Vehicles GS Boss 5.0 315 Ute
4.Future Models - FPV 2010 GT
FPV eyes North America for V8 exports

5.Falcon GT-HO|FPV bosses unsure over future Falcon GT-HO

6.FPV 2010 GT - FPV turns up the Miami heat
Jeff 09/28/2010
Maybe they should make both Crown Vic interceptor and Taurus interceptor and see if orders still pour in for the Crown Vic. If they still sell like hot cakes then continue to make it.
joel 09/27/2010
i love this new car the police guys will love them i no ford did a great job and i cant wait to see how they r on the street
Joselson 09/24/2010
Ford dosn't use V8 engines on cars that have design of V8
Only V6 , I even do not know how that ford add new V8 engine to F-150 . Cars that should be V8: Ford Taurus , 2011 explorer , 2011 edge , Flex and others
charles morgan 09/24/2010
the sedan needs to be rear wheel drive to compete.
Dustin Munro 09/23/2010
Make the new Taurus for police fleets as well as for civillian use-I don't think anybody has anything against that.What many people are against are:
1.Discontinuing the full size rear drive cars.Ford should make a left hand drive version of the Australian built Falcon as a 2012-2013 Model Crown Vistoria/Town Car using the I4 237hp,250lbft Ecoboost as fuel miser base engine,Mustang V6 as middle option,and Coyote v8 as top line option-2011 Falcon are using the I4 and Coyote engines.For 2014,Make a rear drive version of the Taurus platform for a new Crown Victoria/Town Car in North America,possible Scorpio in Europe And Falcon in Australia and possibly other right hand drive countries like Great Britain and south Africa.
Use the new Crown Victoria with either the 5.0 litre Coyote or the 5.4 litre version used in the Shelby GT500 version of the Mustang (I would assume along with the Mustang transmissions and differential)for the police version.
There is no reason that there cannot be a police version of the frontdrive/4wd Taurus and a new rear drive Crown Victoria with a 4wd version developed.Since the front drive Taurus platform is also made for 4wd,making a rear drive version of it would simplify making a 4wd version of a new Crown Victoria,Falcon,and possibly Scorpio.Making rear drive cars off front drive platforms has been done before-some Ford"race Cars" are made off the Taurus platform and made into rear drive.Ford made the Focus RS8 concept car as a rear drive version of the Focus by (to my understanding)putting the Mustang engine,transmission,driveshaft and rear axle on the Focus platform.I assume that is how the rear drive versions of the "Taurus Racecars"sre made too.Front wheels should be placed in front of engine to have at least 50% weight on back wheels for good winter traction.The new rear drive car could be a production version of the Ford Interceptor concept car.To my understanding,GM will have a front drive and a rear drive car for the police fleets.

2.Putting the Explorer badge on a front drive vehicle.Give it a front drive badge.Same with the "rear drive Taurus racecars"give them a rear drive badge-Taurus RS8 or Crown Victoria 'race cars'.

As an owner of a 1995 Grand Marquis,I have the 'Owners Voting Right' to tell and influence Ford to continue making those rear drive vehicles and I email Ford with ways to improve future models,reduce production costs in doing so,and post some recommendations on 'comment sites'so other people can support my ideas and /or post other ideas of their own.
James 09/18/2010
No it isnt The ne Taurus used in the new sedan is an AWD turbo v-6. It is the Taurus SHO with a new name and twist.
Tajai' Jenkins 09/16/2010
Yea I'll miss the Vic Bring them back
ACBWrap 09/15/2010
Its all about economics. What Ford se;;s in law enforcement vehicles would not be enough dollars to justify bring the panther up to standards, certifing the Aus Falcon and surely not enough for a totally new design. LE sales are very low compared to what they sell to the general public and in order to be profitable, they need to use existing current platforms. Thats what they did when the panther was introducted 30+ years ago.
Tony Tyson 09/12/2010
We all need to realize that ford has to keep with the times. Ford needs a new police car to replace the old old very old crown vic. I think the tarus body is perfect fit.
Joseph 09/10/2010
Good bye mighty panther symbol of law enforcement, love and fear by many. You will be replace by this clown (taurus police interceptor) because Ford couldn't comeup with anything better and doesn't listen to it's customer.
M. Mosley 09/10/2010
The interceptors are great purpose built vehicles but perception is key. It would be nice if Law enforcement department chose vehicles by their specifications and stats. Most do not. The crown vic is going away to the dismay of many agencies. A corporation cannot be all things to all peoples but the lack of rear wheel, spacious offering similar to the crown vic is either going to start a new trend or cost the company in fleet sales. It's a shame too, because on paper...these are the vehicles of choice in almost every category except....DESIRE.
Alyaman Alouf 09/09/2010
no, we want Crown Victoria , i think the ford company is the last company in the world that produce and save this classic car, and i know and believe in the ford company is superior than do this, so i think they have to upgrade the engine from 4.6 L to at least 5.0 L and from 250HP to at least 350HP , Marquise and Towncar too, not more, i have to remember you Arab Gulf Countries will not accept this new car . / OR THE CAPRICE WILL BE THE FIRST , DODGE THE SECOND AND THERE WILL NO PLACE FOR FORD ANY MORE . I'm studing marketing now and believe me this is the TRUTH .
Dustin Munro 09/09/2010
Those seem like great vehicles.However,as for the 2011 SUV,I don't care if this is the world's best vehicle,I would never by it because it is not a genuine Explorer unless it it REAR WHEEL DRIVE with optional 4WD.Ford should make a genuine 2011 Explorer by retrofitting the 2010 model with the ecoboost 237hp,250lbft I4 as base model(also used in base model 2011 Australian built Falcon) and the Mustang 3.7 litre v6 or ecoboost 3.5 litre v6engine for the 2011 F-150, and optional Coyote v8.To my understanding,that would also include the Mustang transmission and rear differential too.
Remember the "front drive Mustang"-it was renamed the Probe and the Mustang remained rear drive.Lets do the same thing again with the "front drive Explorer"-give it a front drive badge.I recommend calling it the Ford Oppertunity named after the highly successful solar powered Mars Rover that has outlasted the nuclear powerede Viking 1 lander of the 1970's.The Oppertunity rover has now travelled over 14 miles on the Martian surface and is still in great shape.
Ford should continue making the Falcon as full size rear drive and use Mustang engines like the Coyote v8 that they are already doing and also use the Mustang v6 too.Ford should also make them in Great Britain and possibly South Africa,and in North America-a left hand drive version as a 2012 Crown Victoria/Town Car and possibly a Scorpio in Europe.
(copy of an email to Ford)
Developement of new universal global rear drive platform.There is the 'updating' or modification of the Mustang platform for the 2014 model year plan-use for falcon etc too or do the 'Focus rs8' method-Make rear drive off a front drive platforms.

To my understanding,Ford is developing the 2014 Mustang by updating or modifying the current platform.I recommend doing that as planned and also doing that with the Australian built Falcon, making 2014 model Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis/Town Car on the new platform as return to unibody,doing the same for a ressurected Tbird/Continental,possible resurected Pinto or Escort/Bobcat,Ranger pickup truck etc.Or Make a rear drive version of the front drive car platforms.
Rear drive Focus-Pinto or Escort/Bobcat-Stretch for Mustang/Cougar.
Rear drive Fusion-Tbird/Contenental,Ranger Pickup.
Rear drive Taurus-new panther platform also for Falcon and possible Scorpio.
Try to raise towing capacity of new unibody platformed full size rear drive vehicle from current Falcon's 5000lbs to over 6000lbs.
Aaron 09/09/2010
uhh, the new 5.0 V-8 is actually a less-thirsty engine than the 4.6 V-8, yet it has a lot more's basically the same design as the 3.5 V-6, Dual Overhead Cam with Ti-VCT, it's just larger and it's an aluminum block, which helps to keep the weight down.....and it actually gets the same gas mileage numbers as the Ecoboost Taurus...
Aaron 09/09/2010
the design of the Crown Vic won't meet the 2014 standards.....that's one reason why it's ending next year......and the new Caprice is supposed to be the largest sedan compared to the Charger and Taurus
Erik 09/08/2010
Yes, Bring back the large V-8's, don't use small little turbo V-6's.
booger 09/07/2010
Yeah, the back seat is quite comfortable, even face down!
adam 09/06/2010
amen people are just affriad of change. and, besides the new interceptor car is very spacious!
Mr.Ali 09/06/2010
It's so hard to be the police vehicle market leader for 15 years. Will done Ford
Alan 09/06/2010
As a manager for a Ford dealer my experience riding in all of these units I have to tell you to be patient and wait until a ride/drive comes to a city near you. Make sure you contact your Ford dealer who sells you your cars and have them let you know when the show comes to your town. You will absolutely be able to feel the difference in ride feel and driving capabilities. It is a night and day experience. The short answer is that it will completely change your outlook on how a police car needs to be built.
Dustin 09/05/2010
I work for shop that maintains are large fleet of Crown-Vic's for the county. I think the Crown is a good cop car and we should think before we replace it. It is going to be expensive to maintain these new interceptors because their wear items like brakes, tires, ect, will be much more expensive.
City Cop 09/05/2010
As a Municipal Police Officer who actively pursues criminals, I really wish that Ford would come in and replace the paper weight Impala's that we use with a more spacious and mechanically reliable vehicle. I am constantly forced to use a "spare" unit (which are ragged out) becuase my "good" unit is constantly breaking down. The Ford SUV looks like the ideal vehicle for my style of Policing.
Anonymous 09/04/2010
Tony 09/04/2010
Henry Ford wanted to keep the Model T in production even longer, even though the competition moved on to more modern designs. The Crown Vic and Lincoln Town Car (I have one) are dinosaurs, so Ford being proactive is wrong? Some of you think you can wave a magic wand and make things, no money needed for development, testing, federalizing a car etc. If things were so cheap and and easy Ford would bring the Falcon over here as an interceptor. It's not so simple or cheap......GM will be doing it (Caprice interceptor), but that car (G8/Commodore) was already federalized under old bankrupt GM. The money spent under new GM to make this car an intereceptor is minimal...........The people that say keep the Crown Vic and TC must not read the news and the new mpg requirements, these people have the same mindset as those people 100 years ago that saw nothing wrong with the horse and buggy........I've never designed, financed a new car program, not even in the car business, BUT at least I know car programs are very expensive, and you must have return on your investment. REMEMBER FORD DID NOT FILE BANKRUPTCY.
Dave 09/04/2010
Good luck with those Chargers. Dodge has had some serious issues with quality control. You dont have to take my word for it, just go oline and read the stories for yourself.
Chris 09/03/2010
I think the Crown Vic should have stayed... The Crown Vic had been the symbol of law enforcement for years. When people look at the Crown Vic they think police. I already know my department is not going to buy the new Ford. They have switched to the Dodge Charger Hemi since they are no longer making the Crown Vic. Could the Crown Vic use some upgrades.... sure. And does it really keep up with some of the competitor’s police vehicles.... not really. But this is no reason to scratch it and start new. Personally i think Ford made a big mistake in getting rid of the Crown Vic just like the Taurus. They already saw what happened to sales with you get rid of a brand name everyone already knew and loved. Sales went down and then they brought the Taurus back and sales went back up. I think there are going to lose the police market with this new police vehicle.... and that a shame
Daniel 09/03/2010
I would say upgrade the Lincoln Town Car L edition with the Ford Mustang 5.4 engine. They would have room for them and their gear?

Mike 09/03/2010
Both the sedan and utility (unless in 4x4 mode) is front wheel drive.
dude 09/03/2010
in a day-n-age when police departments are short on budgets you want them to upgrade the crown vic with a gas thirsty 5.0 liter? Cramped? Have you been inside the new Taurus?

Progress people, dont be afraid of a little change once in a while...
Pahos 09/03/2010
As a 28 year veteran of Law Enfocement, working local, state and federal, I always am amazed at everyone wanting more ROOM in these crusiers?
Lose the WEIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There is a Ton of room in everything made now.
I would go to Mini Coopers for most of the one man patrol, it will out run a Crown Vic in 0-60mph, Top End at 150, and get 30+ miles per gallon doing it...
But...Whine............It won't hold a 290-450 pound plus cop...

The Charges are Fantastic, with the Hemi, if they would put the Big Challenger Hemi in it, we would really have a performance machine.

SUV's are the ONLY way to go for rural patroling, I can't tell you the number of times that I pursued someone down a farm lane and got stuck in that darn Crown Vic.
Plus in Rural Patroling you NEED lots of extra gear, back up in most parts of the country is 20 -120 minutes away.

Ford is going to sell a bunch of these!
Be Safe
Clifton Pate 09/03/2010
I don't understand why Ford is phasing out the Crown Victoria, when it is the largest police vehicle on the market, and built a smaller vehicle (Taurus), because of that Ford has created it's own competitors with the two other manufactures (Caprice and the charger) both vehicles being smaller than the Crown Victoria, there was no other Police vehicle that gives the needed space that the Crown Victoria does, now you have competitors, because the New Interceptor, Charger and the Caprice are about the same size, how sad.
Ryan 09/02/2010
Just keep the Crown Victoria. It's reliable, spacious, heavy, and most importantly it's rear wheel drive and easy to work on because of it's body on frame architecture. Just update it with new looks and more efficient powertrains. The 6 speed and 5.0 V8 from the Mustang sounds good to me.
1998 Mustang ftw 09/02/2010
Those look AWESOME!!! I'd love to be pulled over by that just to have a good glance of one!
andres 09/02/2010
bring it back
update the crown victoria
Daniel 09/02/2010
Jim the Sedan is gonna be availible in either FWD or AWD and the interior on the SUV should look similiar to the new Explorer interior.
richard 09/02/2010
If only they had upgraded the Crown Vic and the Town Car instead of developing another cramped front wheel drive car. Ford seems determined to screw up once again
Jim 09/02/2010
What does the utiility inside look like, is there more room up front for me, my belt and all the add ons?
Or is it like the explorer? which I need a shoe horn to get into!!
Is the Sedan a FWDor RWD?
carmine piesco 09/01/2010
Awesome...Ford has done it again.....
Jas 09/01/2010
bring back the crown victoria