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The Ford Police Interceptor to feature 2013 Taurus upgrades

Ford recently unveiled the refreshed 2013 Ford Taurus at the 2011 New York International Auto Show and with the new Police Interceptor based on the Taurus coming around 2013, it comes as no surprise that the new cop car will wear the refreshed look rather than the style displayed on the previously-shown Ford Police Interceptor sedan.

Since being debuted last year, the new Police Interceptor Sedan (pictured above with the upcoming Police Interceptor Utility based on the 2011 Ford Explorer) has been shown to the media and the public with the look of the current Taurus but from the sounds of things, that style Police Interceptor will never see production. According to USA Today, Ford VP of Global Product Development Derrick Kuzak has said that when the Taurus-based Police Interceptor hits the streets in 2013, it will have the revised front and rear fascia with a heavy compliment of LED lighting all around. Click here for a look at the 2013 Ford Taurus from the New York Auto Show.

In addition to being clad in the latest Taurus duds, the 2013 Ford Police Interceptor could feature the same engine lineup as the consumer-level 2013 Taurus. This begins with a 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, followed by the beefed-up 3.5L naturally aspirated V6 and the range-topping EcoBoost V6. The 3.5L V6 EcoBoost does not get the jump in power that many internet forums had expected but the naturally aspirated V6 gets an increase in power from 263 to 290hp. Also, the 4-cylinder EcoBoost offers 237 horsepower and 250lb-ft of torque so while it might not an idea pursuit vehicle, the boosted four-banger should offer a great police cruiser that will help cut back on fuel costs.

We can expect Ford to make an official comment at some point on the engine layout of the 2013 Ford Police Interceptor Sedan but if nothing else, we know that this 2013 cop car will feature the high performance 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and a standard V6 that churns out more power than the version originally shown in the Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptor – along with LEDs in the front and back and a more aggressive design for crime fighting in style.

Source: USA Today

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