Ford is introducing a new version of its Taurus-based police cruiser with a smaller turbocharged engine for detectives, administrators and others alike.
Starting today, police can order a special services police sedan with a more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine instead of the more muscular 3.5-liter in patrol cars, as well as active grille shutters that manage the airflow for better aerodynamics.
Ford said it introduced the new sedan at the request of law enforcement agencies that do not need the full 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque for campus police and other enforcement agencies that don’t normally engage in chases.
“Not every police officer needs a pursuit-rated vehicle,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford police marketing manager. “As agencies look to replace older, V8-equipped cruisers with more-efficient cars, Ford is at the ready.”
Certified miles-per-gallon figures are expected in December, but Ford expects the police sedan will get 20 m.p.g. in the city, 30 on the highway and 23 combined. A Taurus with a 2-liter EcoBoost engine, without the additional weight of a police package, gets 32 m.p.g. highway and 22 in city driving for a combined 26.
There is still plenty of power with the 2-liter, which produces 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Law enforcement agencies now have the option of the modified Taurus Police Interceptor sedan with a choice of four engines: the two EcoBoost turbocharged V6s and two conventional V6s; some are front-wheel drive; some are all-wheel drive.