Police announce a major upgrade to its ageing fleet of Holden Colorado vans – here’s what they look like
- Victoria Police is phasing out Holden vans in favour for Ford Rangers
- The new vehicles will hit the streets as early as next week across Victoria
- 280 new Ford Ranger vans will feature new Australian made rear pods
- The force is replacing the 290 Holden Colorado models introduced in 2018
Two-hundred-and-eighty new vans will hit the streets this month as Victoria Police begins the roll out across the state.
The new vehicles are based on the Ford Ranger and will replace the current fleet of Holden Colorados which were introduced in 2018.
The vans will begin patrolling in metro and country stations from as early as next week, Acting Assistant Commissioner for Road Policing Command Deb Robertson said.
The new Ford Ranger vans (pictured) will begin patrolling the streets as early as next week
The Ford Ranger police vehicles (pictured) include a range of new features improving accessibility
‘We have now secured a long-term future for our iconic divisional vans and the community will see the new-look vehicles on the streets from next week,’ Asst Comm Robertson said.
The Ford Rangers will feature new Australian made rear pods custom made in Victoria as part of a range of improvements.
Other upgrades include more refined and integrated fitment for police equipment, driver impairment monitor, constant video display in the rear-view mirror and integrated controls in the dashboard for improved accessibility.
Asst Comm Robertson praised Ford’s versatility when manufacturing the specially made Ford Rangers.
The current Holden Colorado vans (pictured) are being phased out after they were introduced in 2018
‘We were pleased to find a manufacturer that could make major enhancements and modifications to one of their vehicles to purpose-build them for our operational use and to also met our fleet safety policy,’ Asst Comm Robertson said.
She said the Ford Rangers underwent rigorous testing before they to ensure they met the operational and safety standards.
‘Our frontline officers rely on divisional vans to provide the safest mode of transport for their duties, be durable and equipped for modern policing,’ she said.
The 290 Holden Colorado vans currently in use are being phased out following General Motors’ decision to stop manufacturing Holden in 2020.
The new Ford Rangers feature a custom Australian-made ‘rear pod’