The California Highway Patrol announced it was going to replace their geriatric Ford Crown Victoria cruisers last year and started an exhaustive search for a suitable replacement. One of the main criteria the highway patrol had decided on was the ability to carry four officers and their equipment.
Apparently none of the current sedans could meet that and several other requirements, so they started looking at the new Explorer and Chevy Tahoe to see how they would stack up. After extensive testing and cost analysis the new Ford Explorer Police Interceptor model won out. The purchase contract is supposedly 1,800 vehicles over the next two years. That is a big shot in the arm for Ford, especially since it shows a very confident shift away from full size sedans to their newly redesigned Explorer.