BMW Unveils 3 Series, X3, 7 Series, X5, and i3 Concept Police Vehicles

Aug 12, 2012 07:30 PM EDT | Staff Reporter


If you're a police officer in the States, you probably spend your day in a Ford Crown Victoria or Chevy Malibu. If you're a police officer in Europe, there's a good chance your cruiser is a BMW.

Next month, BMW will exhibit five vehicles that it says are ideal for police work at the General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference (GPEC) in Leipzig.

The vehicles are based on BMW production models, integrated with police equipment both during and after construction. "BMW's premise for special emergency vehicles has always been to carry out the conception and integration of specific equipment features in close cooperation with specialists from each public authority and institution," the company said in the statement announcing the exhibition.

The five BMW models to be showcased at GPEC are: the 3 Series Touring, the X3, the 7 Series High Security, the X5 Security, and the i3 Concept.        

The 3 Series Touring and the X3 production models have BMW's iDrive computer interface system that the company says is ideal for police work. They also come with options such as LED identification lights and additional warning devices; which - when combined with their performance as BMWs - mean that they need little beyond a flashing blue light and a police radio to become ready for duty.

The 7 Series High Security is a class-VR7 armored sedan whose reinforcements are not even visible to the naked eye.

The X5 Security is a VR4-class armored SUV with "state-of-the-art" security technology.

BMW says that the electric i3 concept is ideal for security operations in localized areas such as airports, and police checks and patrols. 

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