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 |  Mar 08 2011, 1:22 PM

There are those that have voiced concern over the durability of Ford‘s next generation Police vehicles, based on the current Taurus and Explorer.

To help silence the critics, the Blue Oval put together a test at its Arizona Proving Grounds and invited a select number of law enforcement officers from across the US and Canada to put the new sedan and sport utility through their paces in a variety of challenging scenarios and against rival competitors on the market, including Ford’s own Crown Victoria, which the new Interceptor vehicles will replace later this year.

These tests follow on from ‘traditional’ evaluations conducted by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which have, for decades annually tested every new police vehicle available to law enforcement agencies in North America and rated each of them based on overall performance, safety and suitability.

Unlike the old Crown Vic,  Ford’s new police vehicles employ unibody construction and a choice of front and all-wheel drive, with standard V-6 engines, a 3.5-liter unit in the sedan and a 3.7-liter unit in the SUV. Six-speed automatic transaxles are also standard equipment. To see how these new police machines performed in Arizona and what the officers thought of them, click on the link below.

[Source: Ford Motor Company]