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Ford Gives U.S. Police Their First 30 MPG Car

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2011 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor

2011 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor

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For most motorists, having a car that earns 30 miles per gallon isn't such a big deal. In fact, in some segments, 30 mpg is average or even below average.

But for police officers in the U.S., 30 mpg is a very big deal, indeed, and according to Detroit News, the dream will soon become a reality, thanks to Ford.

The new police car will be a variant of Ford's longstanding Taurus-based Interceptor. Interceptors currently come with three powerplant options: 3.5-liter and 3.7-liter naturally aspirated engines, and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

In keeping with Ford's increased use of turbo engines, the new Interceptor will feature a 2.0-liter EcoBoost, which should provide 22 mpg in the city, and 30 mpg on the highway. (According to Green Car Reports, it might reach 31 mpg.) Though significantly smaller than its siblings, the engine will still be able to churn out 240 horsepower and 270 ft-lbs of torque.

The new car will be a special vehicle that won't be used for pursuing perps -- for that, the police will still need one of Ford's other cars. But for smaller departments that don't engage in lots of high-speed chases, the new, smaller Interceptor will be a great way to fight crime and help cash-strapped municipalities trim fuel costs -- as much as $5,000 over three years.

Official EPA estimates for the new cruiser are due in December, and the vehicle should go on sale shortly afterward, though pricing hasn't yet been announced.  

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