Ford Police Inspector is the type of a car, which in America is usually called full-size. These are predominantly framed cars with a large cabin and trunk.
Ford Police Inspector of 1991 model year had a so-called "aerodynamic" slicked body and impressive dimensions for more than five meters in length and nearly two in wide. The luggage compartment was 580 liters. Previously, full-size "Americans" were six beds with three front and three rear seates. But the cars of 90's with theirs legendary American front sofa faded into oblivion. They were replaced by two chairs with armrests which in the combined kind made a third one. However, it could be comfortable just for a child.
The car had Ford's "eight" engine with volume of 4.6 liters: cast iron block with aluminum heads was crowned with the "upper" camshafts and their chain drive. Fuel injection was only distributed, electronic ignition system had no distributor. Fuel consumption was 15-20 l/100 km.
In 1998, the model has been upgraded. Design changes have touched false radiator lattice design and rear racks, where metal panels occupied the place of rear air vents.
In 2002, Ford introduced a new roomy, comfortable and fast car. In this case company declared that the new product was created specifically for the taxi business and services.
The car had a longer wheelbase, thus providing additional space in 2.4m ³ for rear seat passengers and their hand luggage. Large rear window and large rear doors allowed passengers easily get in and out of the car.
The car was equipped with 4.6 liter V8, 215 horsepower capacity. Rear-wheel drive had an additional pneumatic system of springs. The base model also included ABS, electronic stability system, dual air bags, air conditioning, a modern CD - player.
In the 2003 model year Ford Police Inspector has undergone serious technical upgrades: a model was set with a new frame and completely new front independent suspension. Rigid rear axle was equipped with optional air suspension. There was only one engine- 4.6-liter V8 engine with 228 hp.
Ford Police Inspector is the main vehicle of American police (about 350 000 cars). However, this model is still the subject of much criticism from police officers because of the propensity of gas tank to spontaneous combustion in the event of an accident. Working towards the elimination of this problem Ford has introduced a revolutionary technology which can reduce the risk. But still the car is going to be replaced with Ford Five Hundred, which is based on Mazda 6.