This bold saloon concept will form the centrepiece of Ford’s stand at next week’s Detroit motor show. The Interceptor, based on a stretched Mustang platform, is described as “America’s favourite muscle car, debuting as a grown-up four-door saloon.”
As recently reported on Autocar.co.uk, Ford is looking to capitalise on the potential of the Mustang with new vehicles using its mechanicals. But the Interceptor is more sophisticated than a Mustang, replacing the coupe’s coil-sprung live rear axle with multi-link suspension. It’s still rear-wheel drive though.
Despite the different suspension, and a recent denial that it would expand the Mustang range, Ford is playing up the Interceptor’s Mustang heritage. Ford US design boss Peter Horbury said the Interceptor “celebrates the best of American muscle. It has the soul of the Mustang with the sporty elegance of’60s Ford sedans.”
Inevitably for a car closely related to a Mustang, the Interceptor uses a V8. A 5.0-litre version of the Mustang’s 4.6-litre engine, it’s been breathed on by Ford Racing to produce 400bhp and runs on E85 ethanol. The transmission is a six-speed manual ’box.