The US automaker has a long history with law enforcement, cemented via the media – where we’ve seen countless movie chases with the Ford Crown Victoria chasing down the bad guys.
But since its retirement back in 2011 a new generation of Ford vehicles has been tasked to perform Police duties – the make offering the Taurus-based Police Interceptor Sedan and Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility as viable alternatives. Ford is actually shaping up to offer a complete range of police cars, with the recently commissioned Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, as well as the new F-150 Police Responder, with the company now announcing the latter have also been given the coveted pursuit rating.
Tests were carried as part of a 32-lap pursuit simulation at Grattan Raceway – aiming to see overall durability, including powertrain, suspension, brake, and tire systems. The Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, first revealed back in April, will return an EPA-estimated mile-per-gallon rating of 40 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 38 mpg combined. It’s naturally way better than the old Crown Victoria’s 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined rating – while also being seriously quicker.
From a standstill the Fusion Hybrid will best the old Crown Vic to 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour) with a time of 23.1 seconds – compared to 24.4 seconds for the predecessor. “Our new Fusion-based Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is quicker than our legendary V8-powered Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, while offering fuel efficiency that’s estimated to be double that,” comments Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Plus, our new F-150 Police Responder offers police customers both on-road pursuit and off-road capability.” The standard Interceptor Sedan and Utility, as well as the new F-150 Responder have a wider range of engines, including the powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.