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  Ford Interceptor Concept

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Country of origin:United States
Produced in:2002
Introduced at:2002 New York Auto Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFord unveiled the Ford Interceptor concept at the 2002 New York International Auto Show to shine the spotlight on the vehicle that protects and serves more municipalities in the U.S. than any other, the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. Based on the 2003 Ford Police Interceptor, which this year received major ride, steering and handling upgrades for the law enforcement officer, the Interceptor concept adds dramatic styling cues and tests new technologies to advance police work in the new millennium.
The Interceptor concept is no rookie. It is a seasoned veteran building on the success of the police cruiser of choice, the Ford Police Interceptor. Based on its performance, predictability, reliability and durability, the rear-wheel-drive Police Interceptor commands approximately 80 percent of the police cruiser market in the United States and has for several years.
One look in the rearview mirror will leave would-be law-breakers with a feeling of dread as the Interceptor concept moves into view. The front end features a one-of-a-kind push/pursuit beam that extends beyond the normal bumper of a police car. The structural beam is constructed of a reinforced polymer. Mounted to the front beam is a high-strength stainless steel and cast aluminium push bar used for assisting stranded vehicles.
When the bad guys feel confidence in fleeing and pose a risk to public safety, the Interceptor concept's push/pursuit beam can become an offensive tool in the skilled hands of a well-trained officer. With a properly executed push in the corner of the vehicle, the beam can be used to force a fleeing suspect's vehicle into a spin. This technique is used to disorient a fleeing suspect and disable their vehicle thus avoiding a high-speed chase scenario.
Because the beam extends well beyond the standard bumper and has molded-in color, it reduces the need for costly body repairs and keeps the Interceptor concept and its officers on duty where they can do the most good. Like the push/pursuit beam on the front end, the rear bumper features a structural ABS polymer extension.
The Interceptor concept works hard on the night shift with extra-illuminating high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps flanked by halogen strobe lights. The strobe system boldly announces the presence of the Interceptor concept on the scene.
Mounted to the side are innovative search mirrors, with integrated front-facing halogen searchlights combined with the side view mirrors. The searchlights swivel up, down and from side-to-side freely and are operated remotely from within the cabin. The search mirrors provide officers the full functionality of traditional A-pillar mounted searchlights without the need to bore holes in the car's A-pillar. The results include a more ergonomic control mechanism inside, better quality and fit, improved vehicle aerodynamics and great looks.

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