DETROIT -- The legendary Crown Victoria police car will be replaced with a new front-drive sedan that shares underpinnings with the Ford Taurus.
Ford Motor Co. said today the Ford Police Interceptor is a purpose-built police vehicle engineered to exceed the Crown Victoria's durability, safety and performance record. Production begins in late 2011 when Crown Victoria production ends. An all-wheel-drive model also will be offered.
“Police nationwide asked for a new kind of weapon in the battle for public safety, and Ford is answering the call with a purpose-built vehicle -- engineered and built in America -- that's as dynamic as it is durable,” Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas, said in a statement.
Ford also announced today that a second pursuit model, an unnamed utility vehicle, vehicle will be offered to police agencies. Details will be released in the third quarter.
The Ford Police Interceptor will be available with two powertrains: the 3.5-liter V-6 with an estimated 263 hp and the EcoBoost 365-hp twin-turbocharged, direct injection 3.5-liter V-6. The 365-hp engine model is equipped with all-wheel drive.