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Old 03-21-2017, 11:56 PM
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Default California highway patrol is switching from SUV-style patrol cars to sleek Chargers

Looks like the CHP is now giving up on the Ford Interceptor Utility Vehicle for new patrol vehicles. Guess they didn't work out as well as expected.

CHP is switching from SUV-style patrol cars to sleek Chargers - The Orange County Register
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Old 03-22-2017, 8:19 PM
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As I went thru the 7 pictures, I kept hoping for a shot of the radios, or at least the front seat.
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Should be interesting to see if they keep them after the 2 year contract is up.
As was mentioned in the article, the design of the Dodge makes them harder to get in and out of when compared to the Explorer. Our PD looked at both and decided on the SUV for several reasons, one of them because of the in/out issues.
Maybe for the CHP it's not as much of an issue as smaller local department.

Getting someone in and out of the rear seat looks difficult.
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The Ford Interceptor takes some getting used to. Yes they are easier to get in and out of, even over our Crown Vics. Getting used to front wheel drive is a problem. Most like the space for officer's equipment, and other goodies for work.

One of the latest has twin turbo chargers. No I do not get to drive that one, rats...
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Yeah, the 3.5l EcoBoost. I have that in my F150, and it's a strong puller even in a full size crew cab 4x4 truck. I can only imagine what it does in the Explorer. I was told it was pretty exhilarating.

I was told they have a wide turning radius, but with all that power and all wheel drive, punching the throttle at the right point in the turn whips them around pretty fast.

Haven't driven one yet, and if I do it'll only be in the corp yard.
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Looks like the CHP is now giving up on the Ford Interceptor Utility Vehicle for new patrol vehicles. Guess they didn't work out as well as expected.

CHP is switching from SUV-style patrol cars to sleek Chargers - The Orange County Register
They had no choice at the time with all the radios and equipment didn't fit in the older chargers and they had performance issues.

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Should be interesting to see if they keep them after the 2 year contract is up.
As was mentioned in the article, the design of the Dodge makes them harder to get in and out of when compared to the Explorer. Our PD looked at both and decided on the SUV for several reasons, one of them because of the in/out issues.
Maybe for the CHP it's not as much of an issue as smaller local department.

Getting someone in and out of the rear seat looks difficult.
These new 2017 chargers are build from the ground up they fix all the issue the law enforcement complain about. Does any know if they changed out the radios and went with muilt band radio, other than having multiple radios for each band?
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These new 2017 chargers are build from the ground up they fix all the issue the law enforcement complain about. Does any know if they changed out the radios and went with muilt band radio, other than having multiple radios for each band?
The article says that they are 2016 Chargers. They don't look different than the older Chargers my town had. Which were pretty cramped according to the officers I spoke to. The town is transitioning to the Explorer.
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Does any know if they changed out the radios and went with muilt band radio, other than having multiple radios for each band?
As far as I know, it's the setup they've been using for years. Since no one really makes a good public safety grade low band radio anymore, except for Kenwood, they pretty much have to stick with those.
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Money had a lot too do with the change to the Chargers. They cost less per unit and they get better mileage. When you have the number of vehicles on the road that CHP does, a couple of hundred here and a couple of hundred there add up quickly. Yes there were problems with the first batch CHP tested, hopefully they have been fixed, but only time will tell.
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You loose a lot of all round visibility moving from an decent SUV to a sedan. I prefer the 'command' driving position of an SUV (or smaller AFV .
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Sooo... Hows the view from the CHP Lambos?
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Interesting find. Locally (to me) it's a love-hate affair with the newer Ford Interceptors. The cities seem to like them, but the rural municipalities don't. One of the common complaints I've heard with the Utility is the AWD system doesn't handle heavy cornering very well.

I generally see a mix of vehicles. Explorers are more common than sedans…but far outnumbered by Tahoes. Texas DPS has a good mix of Tahoes and Chargers right now and I've not yet heard any real complaints from them yet.
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I saw one of the new Chargers yesterday on patrol in Fallbrook , San Diego County. They look sharp!
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