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The Next Generation of Police Cruisers

Any Police Cars You See May Be Used Against You

CAR 2012, WHERE ARE YOU? Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle.

By Don Sherman, May 23, 2010

LATE next year, when the last in a long line of Crown Victoria Police Interceptors rolls off a Ford assembly line in Canada, many police officers will have cause to be wistful: a mostly beloved comrade will be shuffling off to retirement.

The departure of the Crown Vic, a mainstay of police fleets for two decades, creates an opening that several new recruits are eager to fill.

Here are some cars that perpetrators of the future are likely to be seeing, with police lights flashing, in hot pursuit:

FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR To maintain its status as the Broderick Crawford of enforcement units, Ford, which has a lock on three-quarters of the nation’s 60,000 annual cruiser sales, has a replacement already at the academy.

The Police Interceptor, a specially configured 2012 Taurus intended to inherit the Crown Vic’s baton, will be offered with a 365-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 and all-wheel drive, or with a 263- horsepower naturally aspirated V-6 and front-wheel drive.

Expect some consternation among the uniformed masters of the bootleg turn — the police version of an about-face. Officers have long preferred cruisers with rear-wheel drive.

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