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Ford 2.0-litre to power US police cars


US police fleets tend to be large consumers of fuel and that is why Ford has developed a special service sedan powered by their 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine.

According to Ford, their new Taurus-based non-pursuit-rated vehicle has actually been developed at the request of law enforcement agencies in order to help reduce fuel costs. This is actually the first time when Ford has offered a non-pursuit-rated vehicle to US law enforcement. The reasoning given for this is that not every police officer needs a pursuit-rated vehicle – which is rather true.

Law enforcement agencies are equipped with lots of V8 cruisers and they need more fuel efficient cars, and that’s where the EcoBoost engines come into play.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ecoboost petrol engine that will be used in these police cruisers will deliver 179kW of power and 366Nm of torque; the expected combined cycle fuel consumption is somewhere around 10.2 litres per 100km in this modified Taurus application.

Comparing to the outgoing 4.6-litre Crown Victoria – which eats up 13.8L/100km, the potential fuel savings with the new cars will prove to be quite significant. The Ford estimates that their special service police package will save agencies around US$5000 over the span of three years, based on the driving of 48,000km per year.

The 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine means that law enforcement agencies will now have four choices of powertrains when it comes to Police Interceptors.

The sedan is available with a 3.5-litre V6 with front-wheel drive, a 3.7-litre V6 with all-wheel drive and the range-topping 3.5-litre V6 EcoBoost engine with all-wheel drive.

The EcoBoost technology is currently available in every region Ford serves worldwide, and it will be available on approximately eighty percent of the company’s global nameplates by the end of 2013.

The EcoBoost engines are currently produced at four facilities around the world, and they plan on expanding this number in the future.

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