California’s Department of General Services found the Dodge Charger Pursuit to comply with the enforcement vehicle specifications, following a public bidding process.
During the search for a new police cruiser, which is bound to replace the old sedans and utility vehicles currently used by the California Highway Patrol, the sedan’s price, performance and payload capacity were the key features that helped Fiat Chrysler Automobiles win a contract for more than 580 units, which will be delivered over the next two years.
“Our Charger Pursuit police sedans meet CHP’s stringent payload requirements, and in particular, will accommodate the agency’s radio system. The Charger Pursuit also meets CHP’s demand for ongoing fuel-efficiency and its desire to be a leader in fiscal responsibility in California“, said FCA’s US Sales Operations, Fleet and Small Business Sales VP, Jeff Kommor.
Most of the Charger Pursuit police cars ordered are powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine, rated at 292 HP and 260 lb-ft (353 Nm) of torque, which delivers up to an EPA estimated 26 mpg (9 lt/100 km) on the highway, while a small number benefits from the 5.7-liter HEMI V8, developing 370 HP. Some of the sedans are equipped with the Uconnect 12.1-inch built-in touchscreen, which enables the integration of law enforcement computer systems, a “segment-exclusive”, as FCA states.