Ford Police Interceptor Special Service Police Sedan: AKA The Slow Squad
My last post happened to be on a real-life version of the Bravado Banshee from the game Grand Theft Auto V. So, I thought it only appropriate that my next topic be on a real-life squad car from Ford. Only, this particular squad has no hope of ever, ever catching a Bravado Banshee, in the real world or otherwise. That’s because this squad is the Ford Police Interceptor Special Service Police Sedan… aka: the slow one.
But, that’s ok. This isn’t the 90-mph-the-wrong-way-down-a-one-way-street Ford Police Interceptor. This is the let’s-go-talk-to-a-witness or hey-you-can’t-park-there Ford Police Interceptor. Powered by Ford’s four-cylinder 2.0 liter EcoBoost, the Ford Police Interceptor Special Service Police Sedan produces a respectable 240 horses and 270 pound-feet of torque.
Which, according to Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford Police marketing manager, is plenty. He says “Not every police officer needs a pursuit-rated vehicle.” Ok, so, it’s not designed for pursuit. That makes the Special Service Police Sedan’s main strength fuel efficiency. And, for a big, reinforced sedan, it is very fuel efficient: 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined. In theory, driving 30,000 per year, each Ford Police Interceptor Special Service Police Sedan should save departments $5,040.92 over three years.
I know a lot of cops. Some have been on the job for around three-decades. And, I asked what they thought of this “non-pursuit rated” squad. The best response I got was: “It’s a lot nicer than the last plain-clothes car I had to drive. That was a Chevy Aveo.” So, there you go. The Ford Police Interceptor Special Service Police Sedan, not as good as the Ford Police Interceptor with the 3.5 liter EcoBoost or the 3.7 liter, but better than a Chevy Aveo. For more info check out the press release below.
- Ford adds 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine to a new “special service police” sedan model expected to deliver best-in-class fuel efficiency in response to police agency customer requests
- Vehicle’s special service police designation designed to meet the needs of detectives, administrators, campus police and law enforcement agencies looking to maximize fuel efficiency
- EPA fuel economy certification expected in December
At the request of law enforcement agencies looking to reduce fuel costs, Ford is launching a non-pursuit-rated “special service police” sedan using the 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine that produces 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. The special service police vehicle will combine the durability of Ford’s Police Interceptor sedan with the fuel efficiency of its 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
The EcoBoost engine should help make this special service police sedan the first law enforcement vehicle to achieve 30 mpg or better in EPA highway ratings expected in December. The sedan is a modified version of the 2.0-liter Ford Taurus that achieves 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with the standard six-speed automatic transmission.
The fuel savings potential of the new special service police sedan compared to the model it will replace is significant. The outgoing 4.6-liter V8 Crown Victoria achieved 14 mpg city, 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined; the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost special service police sedan is expected to return 20 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.
When driven 30,000 miles per year – not atypical for police agency work – and with gas prices at $3.65 per gallon, the special service police package would save agencies $5,040.92 over three years. This same engine in Ford Taurus gained notoriety as a Ward’s 10 Best Engines winner earlier this year.
“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 with the most fuel-efficient – yet still very capable – full-size police vehicle.”
The addition of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine means agencies will now have four choices of powertrains in the Police Interceptor sedan, including a V6 lineup that outperforms V8 engines of years past.
Police Interceptor sedan is available with a 3.5-liter V6 with front-wheel drive, a 3.7-liter V6 with all-wheel drive and the powerhouse 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with all-wheel drive – allowing police to choose the powerplant that best meets their patrol requirements.
While expected to be more fuel efficient than the 3.5-liter, 3.7-liter or 3.5-liter EcoBoost variant, the new special service police sedan retains all the essential police DNA that goes into pursuit-rated Police Interceptor sedans, including safety and durability features. Plus it is upfit-friendly and purpose-built. Commonality of parts remains an integral part of the special service police sedan.
To help achieve best-in-class fuel efficiency, the special service police sedan will offer Active Grille Shutters that manage airflow to optimize the balance between engine cooling and aerodynamics. For more information on Ford Police Interceptor, visit www.FordPoliceInterceptor.com.