You’ll soon start seeing a bunch of brand new Dodge Charger Pursuit police vehicles on California highways.
Dodge says the California Highway Patrol has just placed orders for more than 580 police sedans, after conducting a public, competitive bidding process.
The new rear-wheel drive Pursuit Police cruisers will hit the road over the next two years. They’ll replace existing high-mileage, aging, patrol vehicles in the fleet.
“Our Charger Pursuit police sedans meet CHP’s stringent payload requirements, and in particular, will accommodate the agency’s radio systems,” said Fiat Chrysler’s Jeff Kommor.
Most of the Charger Pursuit sedans get a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine good for 292 horses and 260 pound-feet of torque. The order also includes a small number of Charger Pursuit 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 models. They’ll be used by training instructors.
Some of the sedans will also come equipped with FCA’s Uconnect 12.1-inch built-in touchscreen that integrates law enforcement computer systems. You can check the system out in the video below.
“The CHP is ordering our Charger Pursuit vehicle to reintroduce the sedan into their patrol vehicle fleet,” said Bick Pratt, head of FCA US government sales and operations. “That’s important to us because it reflects a shift back to sedans by a progressive agency like the CHP.”
The CHP plans to have all of the new Charger Pursuit sedans in service near the end of the calendar year.