Ford Motor Company recently unveiled its brand new 2012 Taurus Police Interceptor. Ford’s new Interceptor replaces the Crown Victoria with a new and improved version of the police cruiser. Police departments will have their choice of two different powertrains in the Police Interceptor. The 265-horsepower, normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 is standard, and sends its power to the front wheels only. Those police departments looking for more power can opt for the Ecoboost twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, which provides 365-horsepower, which is channeled to all four wheels. The n/a engine offers the choice of front or all-wheel drive. The Ecoboost engine, however, will only be available with all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive system will sport unique tuning for more predictable handling and better dynamic behavior. The Taurus Police Interceptor will demonstrate a surprising balance for its weight.
The interior of the Taurus Police Interceptor is 90% new. The six-speed automatic comes with a column shifter instead of a console-mounted shifter found on nonpurpose-built Tauruses. The lower bolstering has been removed from the front seats in order to provide a dish for police officers’ utility belts. The center console remains the same width as the previous Crown Vic model, which better facilitates adaptation of current computer equipment to the new car. Police officers will not only be able to plug their own computers into the console, but they will have more computing power from the cruiser itself. Blind-spot warning, cross-traffic monitors for low speed situations, and reverse camera and sensors are just a few of the other high-tech standard features of the new Interceptor.
Safety features have been upgraded as well. Ballistic door panels will be optional. Additionally, the Taurus Police Interceptor comes equipped with anti-stab plates, rather than the simpler stability bars or stab bars. Inserted in the backs of the front seats, the anti-stab plates provide another layer of protection between cops and their back-seat passengers. The rear doors of the vehicle open an additional 10 degrees, making a total of 71 degrees to allow easier loading of criminals and miscreants.
The Taurus Police Interceptor’s braking system comes with all new rotors and calipers for a 60% improvement in swept area. Electrical improvements, such as a heavy-duty 220-amp alternator, and wiring improvements make it easier for police departments to hook up various tools used in police cruisers. With the addition of an enlarged radiator with cooling capacity of about two times the average full-size sedan, engine cooling is greatly improved. Even with all these extras, fuel economy with the base V-6 model will be a 25% improvement over the previous Crown Vic model. The Ecoboost V-6 engine also beats the Crown Vic on fuel-economy.
Ford will produce the Police Interceptor alongside the Taurus at its Chicago, Illinois plant. Production on the 2012 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor will begin immediately after Crown Victoria production has ended sometime in the fall of 2011. Fuller Ford looks forward to the arrival of the new 2012 Taurus Police Interceptor next year. As always, Fuller Ford offers Lifetime Free Oil Changes on ALL new vehicle purchases – in stock or factory ordered. This includes the Taurus Police Interceptor! Fuller Ford is the Cincinnati Tri-State Region’s commercial and fleet vehicle leader. Whether you are coming from Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, we are conveniently located right off of I-75, just west of downtown Cincinnati. Check out our entire inventory at www.fullerisford.com.