Ford Fusion Hybrid faster than Crown Victoria in trials
Posted on October 9, 2017
Ford often enters vehicles into cop trials, both to get more sales but also to show that their vehicles can be converted into just about any role. This time it is the turn of the Ford Fusion Hybrid Police Responder to show that Ford is still there for law enforcement.
Last week saw the Michigan State Police track trials. Held each year, it is an opportunity for automakers to showcase their vehicles in cop guise to show how they perform in simulated law enforcement situations. Both the Ford Fusion Hybrid and F-150 truck participated in this years’ trial.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid Police Responder performed well. It managed to be faster than the veritable Ford Crown Victoria to 100 mph, beating it by a good three seconds. It was slower than other participants but speed is not what the Ford Fusion Hybrid Police Responder is about. If you’re chasing a bad guy in a fast car, you’re going to send a pursuit car, not a hybrid.
The hybrid cop car is about cost savings and efficiency. Patrolling the streets while achieving 40 MPG while also being able to tail most other vehicles when necessary. If you’re going to be chasing street racers you send a Hellcat not a hybrid.
Not many urban police forces would use a hybrid for front line policing. More likely for patrol, administration or detective cars. Either way, the comfort and proven reliability of the Ford Fusion Hybrid will make it a decent bet.
The F-150 Police Responder did well too apparently but Ford were more interested in extolling the virtues of the Fusion.
2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid
The 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid is like a normal Fusion, only more frugal. It handles the same, looks the same and feels the same on the road. The 2.0-litre four cylinder engine is paired with a CVT transmission and a pair of electric motors to generate 195 hp. It utilizes lithium-ion batteries stored in the trunk.
A software update in 2016 meant the Fusion Hybrid performs better than ever. It responds faster, steers faster and can achieve up to 43 MPG in the city if driven carefully.
With comfortable seating, decent passenger and cargo room and a comfortable predictable ride, the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid is a good contender for a cop car. It isn’t bad as a daily driver either!
Check out the 2018 Ford Fusion Hybrid at Northway Ford Lincoln
, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.