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by Matt Brogan

Following on from our story late last week, reports today say Ford US will replace its aging Crown Victoria with a new front-wheel drive sedan that shares its platform with the current model Taurus.

The new purpose-built vehicle will be engineered to exceed the Crown Victoria’s safety, durability and performance record and will also be offered in an all-wheel drive variant.

“Police nationwide asked for a new kind of weapon in the battle for public safety, and Ford is answering the call with a purpose-built vehicle — engineered and built in America — that’s as dynamic as it is durable,” said Mr Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas.

The Ford Police Interceptor will be available with two 3.5-litre V6 engines: a naturally aspirated 196kW unit on front-wheel drive models, and a 272kW twin-turbocharged direct injection variant equipped with all-wheel drive.

Ford also announced today that a second pursuit model, an as yet unnamed utility vehicle, will be offered to police agencies. More details will follow in Q3 this year.

The Police Interceptor will be built at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant from late 2011.




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