Ford launching economical non-pursuit police vehicle
"Special service" Police Interceptor sedan will feature 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine
DEARBORN, Mich.—Ford Motor Co. says it is launching a “special service,” non-pursuit version of its Police Interceptor sedan that the automaker claims will top 30 mpg on the highway.
The Interceptor sedan—based on Ford’s full-size Taurus platform—will come equipped with a 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine making 240-horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque when it hits the market later this year.
Current Interceptor sedan and utility models are available with 3.5- and 3.7-litre V6 powerplants under the hood.
Ford says the new four-cylinder model was built in respond to requests from law enforcement agencies and would be ideal for detectives, administrators and non-pursuit patrol units.
The automaker said the smaller EcoBoost engine should help make the special service model the first law enforcement vehicle to achieve at least 30 mpg—or 7.84 litres/100 kms—on the highway.
It is estimated to achieve 20 mpg in the city.
The 2.0-litre-equipped Taurus was rated at 22 mpg city and 32 mpg in U.S. EPA testing.
Ford’s long-standing 4.6-litre V8-equipped Crown Victoria police model achieved 14 mpg city, 21 mpg highway.
The Interceptor sedan is built in Chicago.