The Ford Interceptor concept which went on show at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show is a four door luxury sedan built on a stretched Ford Mustang platform, and powered by an E85 ethanol fueled 5.0 litre V8 driving 400 horsepower to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The styling of the Ford Interceptor concept borrows design cues from some previous Ford concepts, especially trucks. Although the overall shape is rather different from some of the latest car designs like the Ford Iosis and Ford Reflex.
"This concept celebrates the best of American muscle. And if it looks familiar, it should. That's because we've translated the design language of last year's F-250 Super Chief pickup concept onto a car." said Peter Horbury, executive director, Design, The Americas. The bold three bar grille of the Ford Interceptor concept is possibly the most easily identifiable element taken from the Super Chief concept.
Inside the Ford Interceptor concept low-back seats, finished in thick black leather with exposed-edge seams and contrasting stitching, modernize muscle car seats through their design – along with clever touches, including headrests that deploy from the roof. The Interceptor concept's minimalist interior is sleek, focusing the driver's attention on the speedometer and tachometer, whose needles start at center and move opposite each other.
The audio control panel and climate controls are hidden – but deployable. And the gated six-speed shifter is left exposed.
For safety, the Ford Interceptor concept incorporates Ford's patented four-point "belt and suspenders" safety belt design in all four seats. This showcases a possible next-generation safety belt that is more comfortable and easier to use than traditional three-point belts. Additionally, inflatable belts have been included in the rear seat of the Interceptor concept.
The Ford Interceptor concept's 5.0-liter V-8 Cammer engine is an upgraded variant of the 4.6-liter engine under the hood of the current production Mustang GT. The Cammer modular engine has powered Ford Racing's FR500C race car to the top of the Grand Am Cup's GS class, achieving 5 victories on its way to the Drivers, Manufacturers and Team Championships in its first season of competition.
The Ford Interceptor concept shows new Mustang-inspired design possibilities – complete with two more doors and a "Built Ford Tough" design attitude.