Ford Pushes Fuel Economy with 2.0-liter EcoBoost Police Interceptor
September 20, 2013 9:25 AM
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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
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.
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RE: About as powerful as the old crown vic anyway
9/20/2013 11:15:54 AM
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.
RE: About as powerful as the old crown vic anyway
9/20/2013 4:44:27 PM
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).
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