Ford will be offering law enforcement agencies a smaller displacement Ecoboost version of its police sedan, based on the Taurus.
At the request of law enforcement agencies looking to reduce fuel costs, Ford is launching a non-pursuit-rated “special service police” sedan using the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 240 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque.
Ford said the special service police vehicle will combine the durability of Ford’s Police Interceptor sedan with the fuel efficiency of its economical four-cylinder turbo engine.
The EcoBoost engine should help make this special service police sedan the first law enforcement vehicle to achieve 30 mpg or better in EPA highway ratings expected in December.
The sedan is a modified version of the 2.0-liter Ford Taurus that currently achieves 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 26 mpg combined with the standard six-speed automatic transmission.
The fuel savings potential of the new special service police sedan compared to the model it will replace is significant, per Ford. The outgoing 4.6-liter V8 Crown Victoria achieved 14 mpg city, 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined; the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost special service police sedan is expected to return 20 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined.
When driven 30,000 miles per year – not atypical for police agency work – and with gas prices at $3.65 per gallon, the special service police package would save agencies $5,040.92 over three years.
This same engine in Ford Taurus gained notoriety as a Ward’s 10 Best Engines winner earlier this year.
“Not every police officer needs a pursuit-rated vehicle,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford police marketing manager. “As agencies look to replace older, V8-equipped cruisers with more efficient cars, Ford is at the ready with the most fuel-efficient – yet still very capable – full-size police vehicle.”
The addition of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine means agencies will now have four choices of powertrains in the Police Interceptor sedan, including a V6 lineup that outperforms V8 engines of years past.
The Police Interceptor sedan is available with a 3.5-liter V6 with front-wheel drive, a 3.7-liter V6 with all-wheel drive and the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine with all-wheel drive.
While expected by Ford to be more fuel efficient than the 3.5-liter, 3.7-liter or 3.5-liter EcoBoost variant, 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 remains an integral part of the special service police sedan.
Ford added that to help achieve best-in-class fuel efficiency, the special service police sedan will offer Active Grille Shutters that manage airflow to optimize the balance between engine cooling and aerodynamics.