Fed up with feeding fuel to their consumptive cruisers, police agencies will soon get the option of equipping the Ford Police Interceptor sedan — based on the Taurus — with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine.
The official press release from Ford said whereas the last Crown Victoria Police Interceptors (CVPIs) had 4.6-liter V8 engines rated at 14 MPG city, 21 MPG highway, and 17 MPG combined, the downsized, turbocharged engine in the new Police Interceptor sedan should be capable of reaching 20 MPG city, 30 MPG highway, and 23 MPG combined. That’s a substantial improvement over the current V6-powered Police Interceptor sedans that are rated at 18 MPG city, 26 MPG highway in non-EcoBoost 3.5-liter, two-wheel drive trim. Helping this new, most-efficient Police Interceptor reach those numbers will be active grille shutters that manage airflow to optimize the balance between engine cooling and aerodynamics, Ford said.
Despite making a reported 240 horsepower and 270 ft-lbs of torque — which is on-par with the 250 horsepower made by the old CVPI — Ford said this fuel economy-focused Police Interceptor sedan is not “pursuit-rated.” We don’t know if that’s because its drivetrain can’t stand up to the rigors of bustin’ perps at extralegal speeds or if it’s just a case of Ford covering its backside from warranty repairs. Possibly both.
Ford Police Marketing Manager Jonathan Honeycutt said, “Not every police officer needs a pursuit-rated vehicle. 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.”
Of course, this is not the first time the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine has been dropped in this chassis. The Taurus already gets that engine and does even better on fuel economy, managing 22 MPG city, 32 MPG highway, and 26 MPG combined, according to Ford.