Fuel efficiency probably isn’t the first thing you think about when the term “police cruiser” comes to mind.
Neither is a four-cylinder engine, even if it is turbocharged. Nevertheless, police departments across the U.S. suffering from tightening budgets are willing to buy non-pursuit-rated “special service” vehicles in an effort to cut fuel costs. That’s why Ford just announced that it will offer its police-modified Taurus sedan to law enforcement agencies with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine.
It makes 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, which is a far cry from the 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque pumping out from the 3.5-liter turbo V6 also availble in Ford’s Interceptors.
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“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.”
In civilian form, the vehicle is rated for 22 mpg in the city, 32 on the highway or a combined 26. Ford expects its modified version to be rated at 30 mpg on the highway, thanks in part to active grille shutters. This is the fourth powertrain Ford is offering in its law enforcement vehicles. Aside from the turbocharged four cylinder, there is also a 3.5-liter front-wheel drive V6, an all-wheel drive 3.7-liter V6 and the 3.5-liter EcoBoost all-wheel drive model.
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