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Special Service Police Sedan is aimed detectives and administrators

The truth is not every law enforcement officer needs a vehicle that is pursuit rated. For some administrative types or detectives, what they really need is a vehicle that is fuel-efficient to help reduce fuel expenses for the department. All of Ford's past police vehicles were specifically pursuit rated, including its new batch of EcoBoost-powered interceptor vehicles.

Ford has announced that after requests from various law enforcement agencies it has created a new Special Service Police Sedan featuring a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that promises best-in-class fuel efficiency. Ford says that it specifically designed the vehicle to meet the needs of detectives, administrators, campus police, and law enforcement agencies looking for the best fuel efficiency possible.

Even though the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is a small engine, it still produces 240 hp and 270 pound-foot of torque. Ford says that in law enforcement trim the vehicle will be able to achieve 30 mpg or better in EPA highway ratings. The engine is mated with a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

The fuel savings potential is impressive for departments switching from the aging 4.6-liter V8 Crowd Victoria which is rated for only 17 MPG combined.

“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.”

Ford says that while being more fuel efficient, the new special service vehicle will have all the safety and durability features the Ford uses in its existing interceptor sedans.

Source: Ford

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RE: About as powerful as the old crown vic anyway
By bug77 on 9/20/2013 10:32:26 AM , Rating: 2
If the intend was to give maximum fuel savings to people who don't need to drive really fast they could've used an even smaller engine.

I don't know, if all the engine can muster is 30mpg highway, the car itself must be pretty heavy.

By 91TTZ on 9/20/2013 10:48:50 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. I mean the V6 Camaro gets 30 mpg and it makes 323 HP. It's not a light car, it's a tank.

RE: About as powerful as the old crown vic anyway
By Samus on 9/20/2013 11:15:54 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Putting in a 1.6L may even have negative returns on a 4500lb vehicle.

The 4-cylinder Ford Rangers previously had negligible fuel savings over their small V6 counterparts, and we've noticed almost no difference in fuel economy in our 2012 V6 3.0l Escape over our previous 2010 I4 2.5l Escape. Both seem to get 24MPG mixed driving as both vehicles are about the same weight and both are equally not aerodynamic. However, after driving the V6, it felt like the right engine for the vehicle since the I4 always felt overloaded as soon as you had a passenger or any cargo in the Escape. The V6 was actually what sold us on trading the old one in, because the I4 made utility part non-existent.

By JediJeb on 9/20/2013 4:44:27 PM , Rating: 2
I had the same experience with the 2.3L in my 79 Mustang. It got about 22mpg while most of the 5.0L Mustangs of that era got 20-25mpg. The car itself weighed about 3400 pounds, so it was struggling to move it with such a small engine(88hp at the time I believe).

RE: About as powerful as the old crown vic anyway
By FITCamaro on 9/20/2013 11:19:47 AM , Rating: 3
Police vehicles are a lot heavier than the car is normally.

RE: About as powerful as the old crown vic anyway
By amanojaku on 9/20/2013 11:54:10 AM , Rating: 3
No kidding. It has a gross vehicle weight of 5,700lbs. Subtract the cargo capacity of 400lbs and that leaves 5,300lbs. If I read the brochure correctly, it also has an internal passenger payload of 800lbs or 900lbs (both numbers given in documentation). With seating for five people, that's an average of 180lbs per person. So the vehicle weight is around 4,500lbs-4,600lbs.

Where does all that weight come from? All-wheel drive (FF on one model), 75-mph rear-impact protection, bullet-resistant armor, various passenger protections (airbags all over the place, anti-intrusion bars, etc...), and... Ford Sync and MyFord Touch hardware.

RE: About as powerful as the old crown vic anyway
By bug77 on 9/20/2013 12:35:50 PM , Rating: 2
With seating for five people...

I was trying to think of a situation of a police car carrying 5 passengers and the first image that came to mind was that of five detectives carpooling.

By DanNeely on 9/20/2013 1:55:23 PM , Rating: 2
Two officers up front, combined with a big bust and 3 prisoners in the back because they don't have enough cars available to spread them out.

By Camikazi on 9/20/2013 10:48:14 PM , Rating: 3
Criminals are technically people so I think they are included in that 5 passenger quote.

By Reclaimer77 on 9/22/2013 2:35:36 PM , Rating: 2
Talk about a police state. I think it's ridiculous that every cop in America apparently needs a massively overpowered armored tank to drive around in for general use. I mean give me a break! What percentage of police officers are actually involved in high speed chases where they need to physically ram people off the road? Hardly any! Yet every police car you see is stupidly overbuilt, complete with that intimidating front "push bar" bolted onto the front end for NO REASON. Nothing says "protect and serve" more than "fu#k you, I'll ram you with my armored tank!!"

I know America is portrayed as Old Detroit from the 1980's Robocop movies, but per-capita our crime isn't that bad. We're certainly NOT living in a warzone. In these times of Government bloat and abuse, it's time to question everything. Do cops really need high tech military-grade armored behemoths??

By drewsup on 9/22/2013 5:41:39 PM , Rating: 3
obligatorily Blues Brothers quote

"It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks"

yup, i bet it weighs more!

By marvdmartian on 9/23/2013 8:11:45 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, once you add the weight of the radio and other equipment that a typical cop car carries, you're killing the mileage.

Years ago, when the California Highway Patrol was using the 5.0 liter Mustangs for interceptors, I had a chance to talk to one of their patrolmen who drove one. He said that in order to lighten up the car, they took out the "comfy" back seat, and replaced it with a cheap hard plastic seat (think fast food restaurant seating). It's not like they ever used those cars to transport prisoners, so it was a good weight tradeoff.

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