It's Also More Powerful and Has Optional All-Wheel Drive
On Friday, Ford unveiled its new purpose-built Police Interceptor car. It has a bunch of useful features for law-enforcement agencies, including better safety characteristics (f.ex. a side-curtain air bag rollover protection system helps protect front and rear outboard passengers in both rollover and side-impact crashes). But what interests us here is that it will also be more significantly more fuel-efficient than the venerable Ford Crown Vic, the workhorse of most police departments in North-America.
Under the Hood of the New Ford Police Interceptor
Ford writes: "Ford's Police Interceptor engine strategy will provide a V-6 lineup that performs equal to or better than V-8 engines. The lineup comes with two powertrain options, allowing police to choose the powerhouse that best meets their patrol requirements." No more V8!
"A highly efficient 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering at least 263 horsepower and E85 compatibility is 25 percent more efficient than the 4.6-liter Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) V-8 offered in the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor."
It remains to be seen if the E85 capability will be used much, but it's a good way to help future-proof the vehicles a little. Law enforcement doesn't change vehicle models too often, and if in a few years there's a cleaner source of ethanol available (not corn, but maybe something like switchgrass of agricultural waste), it'll be good to have the flex fuel engines.
"Plus, an all-new 3.5-liter EcoBoost™ V-6 twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine will deliver at least 365 horsepower and 350 ft.-lb. of torque across a broad rpm range."
This engine provides more power and torque than most V8s, yet has similar fuel economy to a V6. This drivetrain also comes with all-wheel drive and a 6-speed transmission.
Ford doesn't mention smog-forming emissions, but they're no doubt better than on the old Crown Vics. A win for air quality.
Suggestion for Ford and Police Departments
For even more fuel efficiency gains (and money saved), they should look into this kind of technology: Cops Save $3K a Year with Anti-Idling Technology for Police Cruisers. Police cars are idling a lot, so that's a low-hanging fruit.
Via Ford, ABG
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