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FoMoCoNews.Com:2008 Crown Victoria Gets 3 Bar Grill


Ford designers have added three bars to the police cruiser cum taxi cab. According to Jim Dunne of Popular mechanics this is the least expensive facelift one could ever do.

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It looks like it's transforming into a Fusion.
Or, it looks like it just ate one.

A 3V 4.6L, along with the 6R 6-speed would make this car interesting. It still has one of the best rides available, and safety, dependability and durability are certainly not a problem. With the right suspension tuning, it would actually be more interesting than a Marauder and certainly cheaper.
 

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I didn't know that Jim Dunne was in the photochoping business, maybe he got too old to be claiming up trees.

He needs some practice though. Maybe FordRules could teach him a trick or two.

We are not amused, April Fools was a while ago.
 

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The thing I dont get is why would Ford offer a Special Edition for a car that is mainly sold to fleets?
Exclusively . . .
Mbukukanyau said:
Sobe, are you sure its a chop?
Your question made me look a second time, long and hard . . . I am not so sure anymore. What I know is that I don't like it.
 

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The thing I dont get is why would Ford offer a Special Edition for a car that is mainly sold to fleets?
Maybe they'll reintroduce it to retail as a limited edition model with the Mustang motor and five or six speed auto.
 

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It would make sense for Ford to take an inexpensive route to extending the new family appearance to the CV. It's cheap enough to do; in the aftermarket an add-on grille like that is only a few hundred dollars retail.

For Ford, it can't be more than about $50.00 per car to freshen a cash cow.

Remember that Chrysler took the same approach with the original Jeep Cherokee after the Grand Cherokee came to market. That vehicle got only light freshenings periodically.

As for the styling, I think it looks OK. What I really like is that Special Edition badge, specifically the reappearance of the heritage Ford crest. Maybe Ford should find other ways to bring that back.
 

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It would make sense for Ford to take an inexpensive route to extending the new family appearance to the CV. It's cheap enough to do; in the aftermarket an add-on grille like that is only a few hundred dollars retail.

For Ford, it can't be more than about $50.00 per car to freshen a cash cow.

Remember that Chrysler took the same approach with the original Jeep Cherokee after the Grand Cherokee came to market. That vehicle got only light freshenings periodically.

As for the styling, I think it looks OK. What I really like is that Special Edition badge, specifically the reappearance of the heritage Ford crest. Maybe Ford should find other ways to bring that back.
Do you think that owners of the current CV will buy add-on grills?

Anyway, about the design of the grill itself as show in the pic by JD (I am still not sure if it is a legitimate pic) I think is a lousy job and if it is true I am sure that the designer in charge did it by executive order despite his best judgement. I don't think its very important but what bothers me is that it sort of dilute the impact of the great three bar grill design. It should be exclusive of the newer Fords as an statement of the new philosophy at Ford.
 

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The Crown Victoria have had all the signatures Ford's grilles for 25 or 30 years ! Remember the blue oval floating in the center of the grille, like the Taurus? Why not a Fusion-like 3 bar grille?
 

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The Crown Victoria have had all the signatures Ford's grilles for 25 or 30 years ! Remember the blue oval floating in the center of the grille, like the Taurus? Why not a Fusion-like 3 bar grille?
The fact that it has been done in he past doesn't mean it has to be repeated. After its first meaningful redesign in 1992, the CV used the grill-less floating blue oval design like the Taurus launched 6 years before, that same design was latter adopted by the Escort too.



In those days though the CV was a mainstream vehicle and not an ancient design relegated to fleets and livery. Many of you may not remember that in the mid 90s many Hollywood stars thought that the coolest wheels were those of a CV with the Police Interceptor Package, among them Tom Cruise. In those days it was worth investing in the CV, now cash straped Ford can exactly afford that luxury.

My two problems with this rumored grill in the CV are. First, that I think that the three bar design should be included on new or significant redesigned cars (minus the Mustang) and second that its a very poor execution, they just replaced the mesh grill for the three bars in an opening that is not congruent with that design at all, therefore making it look like a really cheap afterthought. It the new grill was part of a more comprehensive redesign I may be more forgiving, but we all know that Ford can't afford doing that today.

But like I said before, its not important.
 

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this car is not happening ... it is dead. It was possibly as Middle East - market proposal .. and got turned down.

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A plastics manufacturer somewhere must be unhappy with a mould they made
 

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The Crown Victoria have had all the signatures Ford's grilles for 25 or 30 years ! Remember the blue oval floating in the center of the grille, like the Taurus? Why not a Fusion-like 3 bar grille?
Really? I never saw those.

The fact that it has been done in he past doesn't mean it has to be repeated. After its first meaningful redesign in 1992, the CV used the grill-less floating blue oval design like the Taurus launched 6 years before, that same design was latter adopted by the Escort too.



In those days though the CV was a mainstream vehicle and not an ancient design relegated to fleets and livery. Many of you may not remember that in the mid 90s many Hollywood stars thought that the coolest wheels were those of a CV with the Police Interceptor Package, among them Tom Cruise. In those days it was worth investing in the CV, now cash straped Ford can exactly afford that luxury.

My two problems with this rumored grill in the CV are. First, that I think that the three bar design should be included on new or significant redesigned cars (minus the Mustang) and second that its a very poor execution, they just replaced the mesh grill for the three bars in an opening that is not congruent with that design at all, therefore making it look like a really cheap afterthought. It the new grill was part of a more comprehensive redesign I may be more forgiving, but we all know that Ford can't afford doing that today.

But like I said before, its not important.
That picture is one of a Taurus

I don't see why "family resemblance" would be an issue with a fleet-only car.
Its not fleet only
 
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