Ford Interceptor

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This article is about the fullsize concept car. For the police interceptor vehicle, see Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
Ford Interceptor
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Overview
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Designer Peter Horbury
Andres Nillson
Body and chassis
Class Full-size sports sedan
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FR layout
Platform Ford D2C platform
Related Ford Mustang
Lincoln MKR
Powertrain
Engine 5.0L ethanol powered V8
Transmission six-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 120.8 in (3,068 mm)
Length 201.6 in (5,121 mm)
Width 76.4 in (1,941 mm)
Height 54.8 in (1,392 mm)

The Ford Interceptor is a 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." [1] Ford currently has no production plans for such a full-sized, rear-wheel drive sedan (save the Falcon, which is manufactured and sold exclusively in Australia), although some of the Interceptor's design cues have appeared in the sixth-generation Ford Taurus.

Engine[edit]

The Interceptor Concept uses a Ford Racing 5.0-liter Cammer engine producing 600 hp (450 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 that was powering the Mustang GT until 2011.

Exterior[edit]

The car includes a powered clamshell “shaker” hood, which covers the engine. The fullsize 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 hood is high up, and flat with a raised rear-middle section. The squircle-shaped rear headlights on the Interceptor also influenced those on the current Ford Taurus.

Interior[edit]

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.

Specifications[edit]

  • 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 (5,121 mm).
    • Wheelbase: 120.8 in (3,068 mm).
    • Overall width: 76.4 in (1,941 mm).
    • Overall height at curb: 54.8 in (1,392 mm).
    • Front track width: 66.5 in (1,689 mm).
    • Rear track width: 67.8 in (1,722 mm).
  • Interior
    • Front Headroom: 37.5 in (952 mm).
    • Rear Headroom: 35.9 in (912 mm).
    • Front Legroom: 42.3 in (1,074 mm).
    • Rear Legroom: 35.6 in (904 mm).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Products". Media.Ford.com. 2006-12-31. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 

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