Sussex Police has ordered a fleet of specially-designed Ford Galaxy MPVs to work in difficult conditions after the seven-seater impressed force bosses.
The force will take delivery of three 163PS Ford Galaxy Titanium models and has chosen diesel for the first time for use in its crash investigation department.
The vehicles have been kitted out with cameras, toolkits, surveillance systems and three metre roof-mounted lights for use at accident scenes at night.
The police says the diesel 2.0-litre Duratorq was chosen because its increased fuel economy – 49.6mpg on the combined cycle – allows the engines to run constantly when required while making the most out of the fuel available.
However, the police were also complimentary about the driving dynamics of the spacious van and its practicality in terms of police equipment.
"It has proved the best vehicle in terms of gross vehicle weight, performance when fully loaded, road-holding and capability in performing the tasks required of it," said Sussex Police Fleet Manager Dennis Ord.
The new Ford Galaxy models are expected to cover over 125,000 over five years of service and will join the likes of the Ford Focus and Ford Transit van as vehicles used throughout the UK in police fleets.
The latest generation Ford Galaxy starts from £24,645 in the UK and comes in Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X specification levels. Titanium models start from £26,545 and range-topping Titanium X models start from £29,045.
The choice of engines ranges from a 1.6-litre 160PS petrol engine to a selection of diesel powerplants including a 1.6-litre 115PS diesel and a 2.0-litre option in 140PS and 163PS configurations.