California orders Dodge Charger pursuit for its patrol operations; 580 vehicles will be delivered over the course of next two years
FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) has officially announced that the California Highway Patrol has placed order for more than 580 Dodge Charger Pursuit police cars. It will effectively replace the older patrol vehicles used by the department after undergoing a bidding process where it was pitted against a number of vehicles. The Charger Pursuit was chosen finally considering its price, payload capacity and of course performance.
The California Department of General Services, the largest state police agency in the US, evaluated the Charger Pursuit and was given green signal after meeting all the necessities to be a patrol vehicle. Most of the these modified Chargers will be powered by the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 motor which can generate a power output of 292 hp and 352 Nm of peak torque. It comes with rear wheel drive as standard and is claimed to give a fuel economy of 26 miles per gallon in the highway in EPA cycle.
It is considered as a huge improvement over the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor that occupies the guard fleet in many US states. With optional AWD, a selected number of Charger Pursuits get 5.7-litre HEMI V8 engine which is good enough to make 370 hp and 530 Nm of torque.
The patrol-specific cars will be used by training instructors at CHP’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Course in Sacramento. Major part of the deliveries will begin from 2017 for the car that can doi 0-100 kmph in less than six seconds.
It features revised styling by adopting a new front fascia and has a revised bonnet, restyled headlights with integrated daytime running lights, a new rear bumper, modified fenders, slender grille and an upgraded interior, a revised hood and modified fenders. The cabin composes of three-spoke steering wheel and a Uconnect infotainment system with five-inch display, digital instrument cluster, column-mounted shifter, etc.