Ford will introduce a new Police Interceptor patrol car on Friday, March 12. The new Interceptor is slated for a 2011 release as a 2012 model. Ford says the new Interceptors will be ready to go on time, and departments will not suffer any interruption in normal delivery times.
Speculation on the new Interceptor abounds, but Ford has been rather quiet about the specifics. Ford states they have been working “…on key vehicle attributes, such as safety, performance, durability, driver convenience and comfort.”
While competitors exist, the number one patrol car on the road today is the Ford Police Interceptor. In fact, Ford estimates 75% of the patrol cars on US streets are the current generation of Police Interceptor. However, with increased competition from other manufacturers, including start-up Carbon Motors, Ford has to continue to upgrade the line to remain competitive.
Ford states the new Police Interceptor is “designed to provide municipalities with reduced ownership costs through improved fuel efficiency, quality and the kind of durability police departments nationwide have come to expect from Ford.”
I like Fords, and own several, but the durability of their patrol cars is questionable. Maybe cops are too hard on them, but the transmissions in them have been less than stellar, and have been a frequent pain for my agency. I hope the new Interceptor has a more bullet-proof transmission.