Michigan State has just received the first batch of the new Ford Police Interceptors. The last time we heard was these cars got rave review from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
Both the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor Sedan and the Explorer Police Interceptor Utility passed the tests that were conducted by the Michagan State Police, and now the vehicles are ready to enter service.
The Ford Police Interceptors are the only all-wheel-drive vehicles specifically built for law enforcement, with front-wheel-drive configuration is optional. The new Ford Explorer is powered by a 3.5-liter flex-fuel V6 producing about 300 horsepower, while the Taurus sedan is powered by either a flex-fuel 3.5-liter V6 or a 365-hp twin-turbocharged V6.
According to Ford, the Ford Police Interceptors outperformed the Chevrolet Tahoe in 0-60 mph acceleration time, handling and braking tests.
“We are pleased that the performance of the Police Interceptor Utility was validated because it provides more choice for law enforcement agencies,” said Police Interceptors’ marketing manager Lisa Teed. “They can be assured that whether in slippery conditions like snow or in pursuit situations the purpose-built Utility will deliver.”
For protection, the Ford Police Interceptors are certified to pass 75 mph rear collisions. In addition, ballistic door panels to protect from gunshots are available on the driver or passenger doors. Other safety features include re-direct force of a collision around the occupant compartment, and crumple zones to help absorb and dissipate the crash energy around the vehicles.