Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A New Option in the Ford Special Service Vehicle Lineup

Ford Motor Company is proud to serve the first responder community and is now addressing customer requests from police agencies by adding a 2.0-liter EcoBoost® model to a new Special Service Police sedan to provide best-in-class fuel efficiency.  The “special service police” designation for Police sedan designed to meet the needs of detectives, administrators, campus police and police agencies looking to maximize fuel efficiency.  The EPA fuel economy certification expected in December of 2013.

Northwest Police and Fire have been looking to reduce fuel costs and be more environmentally conscience.  As a response Ford is launching a non-pursuit-rated Special Service Police sedan using the 2.0-liter EcoBoost® engine that produces 240 horsepower and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. This “special service police” vehicle will combine the durability of Police Interceptor sedan with the fuel efficiency of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.

The Eco-Boost engine is available to order in the Police Interceptor Utility starting today and has been immensely successful in the Police Interceptor Sedan.  The EcoBoost engine should help make this sedan the first police vehicle to achieve 30 mpg or better in EPA highway ratings. The special service police sedan is a modified version of the 2.0-liter Ford Taurus that achieves 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with the standard six-speed automatic transmission.

This same engine in Taurus gained notoriety as a Ward’s 10 Best Engines winner earlier this year.  “Not every police officer needs a pursuit-rated vehicle, and as agencies look to replace older, less-efficient V8-equipped cruisers with more efficient vehicles, Ford wants to offer the most fuel-efficient – yet still very capable – full-size police vehicle,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford Police Marketing Manager.

While expected to be more fuel efficient than the 3.5-liter FWD, or the 3.7-liter AWD or 3.5-liter EcoBoost AWD variants, the new special service police sedan retains all the essential police DNA that goes into pursuit-rated Police Interceptor sedans including safety and durability features. Plus it is upfit-friendly and purpose-built. Commonality of parts also helps to reduce the expense of maintenance while achieving best-in-class fuel efficiency, the sedan will offer Active Grille Shutters that manage airflow to optimize

The addition of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine means agencies will now have four choices of powertrains in the Police Interceptor sedan is also available with a 3.5-liter V6 with FWD, 3.7-liter V6 with AWD and the powerhouse 3.5- liter V6 EcoBoost engine with AWD – allowing police to choose the powerplant that best meets their patrol requirements.

For more information or to receive an order guide and price list for available options contact the Gresham Ford Fleet Department at 503-969-4184.