The 2013 Ford Police Interceptors – Ford Taurus and Explorer have begun a tough round of testing at the hands of police, and the early results say they are “pursuit-rated.”
The testing was conducted in competition against current generation Chevrolet Tahoe PPV Utility and Dodge Charger Pursuit where the Ford Police Interceptor Utility excelled in the 0-60 acceleration, braking and handling over the two-day testing.
“We are pleased that the performance of the Police Interceptor Utility was validated because it provides more choice for law enforcement agencies,” said Lisa Teed, Ford’s marketing manager for the Police Interceptors. “They can be assured that whether in slippery conditions like snow or in pursuit situations the purpose-built Utility will deliver.”
“Our experience with the Crown Victoria helped us develop the next generation of Police Interceptor vehicles that serve as tools for public safety officials to do their jobs safely, efficiently and effectively,” added Teed.
According to the automaker, both vehicles offer increased fuel economy and performance compared to the outgoing Crown Victoria Police Interceptor thanks to the use of the company’s 3.5-liter turbocharged Ecoboost V6.
The pursuit-rated Ford Police Interceptors come standard with all-wheel-drive. The Sedan is available with a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 or 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V6 engine. The Utility has 3.7-liter Ti-VCT flex-fuel V6 engine producing 300 hp. Front-wheel-drive configuration is optional.