Mercedes-Benz Unveils New Police Cars at GPEC 2018
From Croatia and Poland to Malaysia and the UK, Mercedes-Benz vehicles are frequently used by various law enforcement groups around the world. The company is a top supplier of authorized and government vehicles for official applications.
During the 10th GPEC International Trade Fair & Conference for Internal Security in Frankfurt, Germany, the automaker (via Daimler – its parent company) provided a preview of its latest offerings for police groups.
Read on to learn about the next line of police vehicles from Daimler's Mercedes-Benz.
For High-speed Pursuits
All of the vehicles can be customized and equipped with police equipment, depending on the needs of the task force or project. For hauling and heavy-duty work, Daimler is offering a unit from the X-Class. The pickup truck is comparable to the Nissan Navara, in terms of size and off-roading capabilities. Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled a version for consumers, with a six-cylinder engine and permanent, all-wheel drive features.
"Daimler's portfolio includes vehicles such as the new X-Class. The pickup truck, based on the same platform as the Nissan Navara, features a wide track, spring/damper tuning, coil springs and ventilated disc brakes at both ends," said Cristian Gnaticov from Car Scoops.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (more on this later) and the Vito Tourer were also featured during the police expo. For sustainable transportation solutions, the carmaker is offering the GLC 350e 4Matic – a plug-in hybrid unit. Designed for high-speed pursuits, the vehicle has been customized to go from zero to 60 mph in under 6.2 seconds.
Police EV Options?
Germany's transition in favoring electrified transportation options over gas-powered vehicles can be seen in Daimler's proposed police car line up. Under its Smart brand, the company revealed its 4th generation variants during the conference.
Interestingly, all of the vehicles are electrified, which are simply EVs versions of the ForTwo, ForTwo Cabrio and ForFour. All three units are capable of traveling roughly 99 miles per charge.
"We know that three out of four deaths on country roads happen in cars that are older than 10 years and that a new car will stay on our roads for about 20 years," explained Doug Fryer, Road Policing Command Assistant at Victoria Police.
To clarify, the compact EV fleet is mostly for European-based police groups. In the US, BMW was awarded a government contract for the LAPD's EV fleet. The auto company provided 100 i3 EVs to the task force.
On the other side of the country, the NYPD is fond of using Mercedes-Benz E-series vans in the field, which are slowly being replaced with Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter units. During the automotive event, Daimler confirmed that an electric version of the iconic Mercedes-Benz Sprinter will be available by 2019.
Ford is a ‘top 3' supplier of law enforcement vehicles in the US. Like Mercedes-Benz, it too has been working around-the-clock on new designs for its fleets.
Currently, the Vito (Metris) is being offered with an alternative EV version. The car is designed for daily patrolling around cities, while the Sprinter van is for group projects or team excursions.
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