Mercedes-Benz to Preview New Police Vehicles in Germany, Promises They'll Be 'Electrifying'

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
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Daimler will be present at this week’s General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference to showcase its new law enforcement units. While Mercedes-Benz patrol vehicles are fairly common in the fatherland, Daimler may be seeking to broaden appeal within Europe and beyond. Don’t expect a sudden rush of imported squad cars for North America, however.

The only possible exception would be the Sprinter van. The NYPD currently fields a large number of E-Series vans as “Paddy wagons” but has started replacing them with the Ford Transit and Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The city also uses Smart ForTwos as parking enforcement. Likewise, the LAPD has also expressed an interest in adopting the Sprinter as a transport vehicle but chose the BMW i3 as its small unit intended primarily for virtue signaling.

The Smart brand will be present at the police exhibition. However Daimler’s fourth-generation lineup consists entirely of zero-emission versions of the ForTwo, ForTwo Cabrio and ForFour. The electric trio have a Euro-claimed range of 99 miles between charges — a domestic analysis of the 2018 ForTwo yielded 58 miles of range.

Mercedes’ Sprinter will receive a battery option in 2019 while the smaller Vito (Metris) already has an EV option available. Both units can currently be equipped with the applicable police packages. According to the release, the Vito is intended as a “radio patrol” unit while the Sprinter is supposed to be a “team vehicle.”

Daimler’s policing portfolio also includes the new X-Class — the pickup , based on the same platform as the Nissan Navara/Frontier, that Benz didn’t think America deserved. Law enforcement upgrades include extensive suspension tuning and ventilated disc brakes.

Also added in the lineup is the updated E-Class wagon, which features a new diesel engine and numerous safety systems. It was accompanied by the GLC 350e 4Matic, a plug-in hybrid version of the the brand’s compact SUV. While the car is no slouch, with enough power to deliver a 6.2 second 0-to-60 time, Mercedes chose to focus primarily on the model’s efficiency saying “plug-in hybrids represent a key technology on the road to the locally emission-free future of the automobile.”

The vehicles will be on display at the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference between February 20th and 22nd in Frankfurt, Germany — ready to prove to the world that Daimler can comply with Europe’s RDE (Real Driving Emissions) legislation and provide “electric mobility” to law enforcement.

[Images: Daimler]

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  • ThomasSchiffer ThomasSchiffer on Feb 19, 2018

    Daimler police cars are already common in the company‘s home state of Baden-Württemberg, just as Bavaria generally uses BMW vehicles and so forth. For patrolling the city the Bavarian police is now using electric BMW i3 cars. The most common police cars are a mixture of the current and last generation BMW 3/5er in wagon format, and a number of older E39 and E60 5er cars. The Volkswagen Touran and Transporter as well as the Mercedes Sprinter comprise the rest of the police cars in use with the Bavarian police. Aside from the i3, they are all diesel-powered.

    • Cactuar Cactuar on Feb 19, 2018

      I've always wondered how the European fleet managers manage to stay on top of BMW/Mercedes cars' maintenance without going bankrupt. Are they not considered money pits over there?

  • Sub-600 Sub-600 on Feb 19, 2018

    Every time I hear those euro-weenie police sirens I chuckle, they remind me of Peter Sellers for some reason, which isn’t a bad thing.

  • Jeff S Corey Lewis--GM designed those cars shortly after the 1978 oil crisis caused by a reduction in oil production in Iran and the eventual over throw of the Shah and the Iranian hostage crisis. GM anticipated gas would be $5 a gallon and up and that there would be shortages of oil. By the late 80s the supply of oil stabilized and gas and diesel prices stabilized. Ford didn't have the resources to completely redesign all their cars and except for the midsize, compact, and small cars that were front wheel drive and that is why Ford held onto the Panther platform for so long. GM just on the X car design and development spent 2.5 billion dollars and spent at least another billion on the C platform that was used on those 1985 full size front wheel drive cars.
  • SilverCoupe I am one of those people whose Venn diagram of interests would include Audis and Formula One.I am not so much into Forums, though. I spend enough time just watching the races.
  • Jeff S Definitely and very soon. Build a hybrid pickup and price it in the Maverick price range. Toyota if they can do this soon could grab the No 1 spot from Maverick.
  • MaintenanceCosts Would be a neat car if restored, and a lot of good parts are there. But also a lot of very challenging obstacles, even just from what we can see from the pictures. It's going to be hard to justify a restoration financially.
  • Jeff S Ford was in a slump during this era and its savior was a few years away from being introduced. The 1986 Taurus and Sable saved Ford from bankruptcy and Ford bet the farm on them. Ford was also helped by the 1985 downsize front wheel drive full sized GM cars. Lincoln in 1987 even spoofed these new full size GM cars in an ad basically showing it was hard to tell the difference between a Cadillac, Buick, and Oldsmobile. This not only helped Lincoln sales but Mercury Grand Marquis and Ford Crown Victoria sales. For GM full size buyers that liked the downsized GM full size 77 to 84 they had the Panther based Lincoln Town Cars, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Ford Crown Victorias that were an alternative to the new GM front wheel drive full size cars that had many issues when they were introduced in 1985 and many of those issues were not resolved for several years. The Marks were losing popularity after the Mark Vs. 1985 was the last year for the rear wheel drive Olds Delta 88 and rear wheel drive Buick Lesabre the rear wheel Caprice and Caprice Classic 3rd generation continued till 1990 when it was redesigned. B Body Buick Estate wagons continued thru 1990 as the Olds Custom Cruiser wagon and both were redesigned. GM held onto a few rear wheel drive full size cars but the Lincoln ad really brought home the similarly looking front wheel drive full size cars. Lincoln's ad was masterful.
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