Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ford Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle Now Offers 365-Horsepower EcoBoost Engine

Gresham Ford Fleet is now accepting orders for the Eco-Boost Police Interceptor Utility 

The first purpose built Police vehicle now has an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost® model that provides the best-in-class horsepower and torque for northwest police agencies.  With the rain, sleet and snow of the northwest all-wheel drive is not just a bonus but a necessity to keep first responders safe.  Since launch of the new Police Interceptor Utility and PI Sedan, the utility model accounts for half of all Ford police vehicle sales, more in Oregon and Washington.  

Ford Motor Company today announced that police agencies will soon (September 18th 2013) be able to order a Police Interceptor Utility vehicle with the 365 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6. The engine, which delivers 350 lb.-ft. of torque, has been available in a variety of Ford vehicles, including the Police Interceptor sedan, and is the choice for more than 40 percent of Ford F-150 truck buyers.  

“We continue to look at ways we can offer our customers additional product enhancements to further meet their unique needs,” said Gerry Koss, Ford fleet marketing manager. “Our Police Advisory Board and customers across the country identified the EcoBoost engine as their No. 1 want in the Police Interceptor utility vehicle.”
Eco-Boost Engine is now Available in the PI Utility
Agencies often need to outfit vehicles with an increasing amount of equipment but still require first-responder, pursuit-capable performance and handling; the new Police Interceptor utility is designed to meet these requirements.

“With the Police Interceptor utility representing half of our police orders, it is evident our two-vehicle strategy was on target, and our engineering team designed this vehicle specifically for the police market,” said Koss.

The Police Interceptor utility vehicle has received very positive feedback from law enforcement agencies, including the performance of the standard 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, which delivers 304 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque, said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for the Police Interceptor.

Gubing cited recently released results of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s test and evaluation of 2013 model year vehicles, which show that Ford’s Police Interceptor utility vehicle swept all test categories, including acceleration, braking, 32-lap high-speed and pursuit versus the Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with a 5.3-liter V8.
Purpose Built Police Interceptor Utility
The 3.5-literEcoBoost will offer best-in-class performance and top-notch fuel economy,” said Gubing. “That means law enforcement agencies that require this level of capability won’t have to compromise.

“It also complements our strategy of offering a choice of either sedan or utility vehicle based on a common platform, and sharing a large amount of common components, including powertrains, brakes, wheels/tires, seats and maintenance items.”

Lieutenant Charlie Powell, commander of fleet operations for the Nevada Highway Patrol, said Ford “has made a good vehicle even more impressive” with the addition of the EcoBoost engine.  “This is good news,” he said. “We at Nevada Highway Patrol look forward to putting this platform in the field as soon as practical.” 

Ford’s Police Interceptorengine strategy provides a V6 lineup that outperforms V8 engines of years past. The Police Interceptor sedan is available with three powertrain options a 3.5-liter V6 with front-wheel drive, 3.7-liter V6 with all-wheel drive and the performance powerhouse 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with all-wheel drive allowing police to choose the powerplant that best meets their patrol requirements.

For more information on Ford Police Interceptor, visit www.FordPoliceInterceptor.com.

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