The City of Chicago will soon have a new batch of vehicles available for fighting crime. Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that Chicago plans to buy 500 new Ford Police Interceptors. It's a fitting choice, given that the Ford police cars are built just south of the Windy City at the company's Chicago Assembly Plant.
Though Chicago has committed to ordering 500 police cars from Ford, the city hasn't yet determined what proportion of those will be sedan versus Utility models. The Police Interceptor sedan is based on the Ford Taurus, while the Police Interceptor Utility is based on the Explorer crossover. Both of the police cars are upgraded with features like stab-resistant seats, column shifters to make more space for gear in the center console, unique hinges to allow the rear doors to open wider, larger brakes, an enlarged engine radiator, and a heavy-duty alternator.
A Ford spokesman said that over 1200 law-enforcement agencies nationwide have ordered the new Police Interceptor models so far. He noted that the Ford Crown Victoria was America's dominant police car for over 15 years, until the model was phased out last year.
The Ford Police Interceptor sedan is powered either by a 3.5-liter V-6 with 280 hp, or Ford's EcoBoost twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 with 365 hp. In recent testing, the Michigan State Police found the EcoBoost-powered sedan could charge to 60 mph (in pursuit of criminals, of course) in as little as 5.92 seconds. The Police Interceptor Utility receives a 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated for 300 hp, which the Michigan State Police found could complete the 0-to-60-mph dash in 8.01 seconds.
Both of Ford's new police cars went into production at the Chicago plant last month, adding over 230 jobs at the plant that already employs 2646 people. The Chicago Assembly Plant also builds civilian versions of the Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer, as well as the Lincoln MKS.