|Ford Interceptor Concept car|
|Manufacturer||Ford Motor Company|
|Class||Full-size sports sedan|
|Body style(s)||4-door sedan|
|Platform||Ford D2C platform|
|Engine(s)||5.0L Cammer V8|
|Wheelbase||120.8 in (3068 mm)|
|Length||201.6 in (5121 mm)|
|Width||76.4 in (1941 mm)|
|Height||54.8 in (1392 mm)|
|Designer||Peter Horbury |
The Ford Interceptor is a new concept car which debuted at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The Interceptor is a retro-styled sedan that reflects a modern interpretation of the classic sporty American muscle cars from the 1960s, like the Ford Galaxie. Ford officially introduced the Interceptor Concept in a company press release dated 31 December, 2006. Ford describes the Interceptor design styling as being influenced "...much like a Marine in dress uniform. He looks smart and elegant but you can see the raw power that lies beneath." 
The Interceptor Concept uses a Ford Racing 5.0-liter Cammer engine producing 400 hp (300 kW), with the capability of running on E-85 ethanol. It includes a manual six-speed transmission. The 5.0-liter Cammer engine is an upgraded variant of the 4.6-liter modular engine currently powering the Mustang GT.
The car includes a powered clamshell “shaker” hood, which covers the engine. The midsize sedan is based on a stretched version of the rear wheel drive Mustang's Ford D2C platform, featuring a solid rear axle. The body is proportioned with short front overhang and a long rear overhang, and features a low roofline and a high beltline, when compared to other Ford sedans like the Ford Taurus, with a wedged profile. The Interceptor Concept continues with the current Ford horizontal three-bar grille design introduced on the Ford Fusion and Ford Edge.
The Interceptor incorporates a four-point "belt and suspenders" harness seat belt design in the front and rear seats, with inflatable safety belts for rear seat passengers. The four-point belt represents a possible next-generation safety belt system that is designed to be more comfortable and easier to use than traditional three-point belts. The dash, headliner, steering wheel, and four low-back bucket seats are wrapped in leather. There are retractable headrests that deploy from the roof, adjusting fore and aft as well as up and down for each occupant. The audio control panel and climate controls are stowable, and there is a gated six-speed shifter in the center dash.
- Powertrain: 5.0-liter Cammer V-8 / 400 hp (300 kW) / flexible fuel
- Transmission: Manual six-speed gearbox
- Chassis Dimensions:
- Overall length: 201.6 in (5121 mm).
- Wheelbase: 120.8 in (3068 mm).
- Overall width: 76.4 in (1941 mm).
- Overall height at curb: 54.8 in (1392 mm).
- Front track width: 66.5 in (1689 mm).
- Rear track width: 67.8 in (1722 mm).
- Front: Double wishbone independent
- Rear: 3-Link design with Panhard rod
- Front Headroom: 37.5 in (953 mm).
- Rear Headroom: 35.9 in (912 mm).
- Front Legroom: 42.3 in (1074 mm).
- Rear Legroom: 35.6 in (904 mm).
There is much speculation among the automobile and law enforcement industry regarding this vehicle being a potential future replacement for the current aged Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor. The CVPI has filled the majority of North American law enforcement fleets since the demise of the Chevrolet Caprice in 1996, and has remained virtually identical since its last major design change in 1998. This speculation is likely due to the vehicle's very similar name, and the fact that it is a much more powerful sedan than the current Police Interceptor (CVPI). It also appears to be larger than the CVPI but it is actually smaller: shorter in overall length by 264 mm (10.4"); narrower by 45 mm (1.8"); but longer in wheelbase by 155 mm (6.1") - i.e., shorter overhangs.
- Ford Interceptor press release from Media.Ford.com - 31 Dec 2006
- Additional Interceptor PR article from Media.Ford.com - 17 Jan 2007
- Ford Interceptor announcement at TheCarConnection.com
- Ford Says No to Mustang Sedan, Wagon; Announces "Interceptor" Concept at LeftLaneNews.com
- It's a 'squircle'