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Ford shows off Explorer, Taurus SHO Police Interceptor models at 2011 Detroit Auto Show

The police car segment has been heating up with each of the Detroit Big 3 offering up new cop cars but only Ford Motor Company used the 2011 Detroit Auto Show to feature their new models – as Ford brought out a new Explorer and a pair of police-purposed Taurus SHO sedans to show off their Police Interceptor lineup.
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The Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptor was the first of the modern Police Interceptors introduced with the EcoBoosted cop car set to replace the long-running Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. The new Ford Police Interceptor is available as a front- or wheel-rear-drive configuration with a standard 263hp 3.5L V6 mated to the FWD setup and the 365hp EcoBoost V6 driving the all wheel drive models.

Next, the Ford Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility was introduced with the sturdy SUV reinforced for police use while offering 4-wheel drive and the 3.5L V6 found in the 2011 Ford Explorer. Plenty of Ford sporty utility vehicles have been used by police departments around the country but this is the first time that Ford has offered a factory-built SUV strictly for police use.

Finally, at the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Ford introduced the Stealth Police Interceptor – a new Taurus SHO will a ton of customization to make for one sleek, sexy cop car. The likelihood of the average police force opting for some of the aspects of the Stealth Police Interceptor Sedan shown in the gallery below (like the 22” Forgiato wheels, Baer brakes, H&R lowering springs and MRT stainless exhaust tips) are pretty slim but in any case, these additions make for one great looking undercover cop car.

The clearly marked 2011 Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptor Sedan and Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility are expected to begin reaching the hands of police forces around the country over the next 18 months so look out for these styling and efficient new police cars in a rear view mirror near you.

Other Ford News:
The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 in action inside of the 2011 Detroit Auto Show
Ford Unveils C-Max Electric and Plug-In Hybrid at Detroit Auto Show
The 2011 Ford F150 with the EcoBoost V6 rated at 16/22mpg


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