BMW Unveiling New Cop Cars

Next month will bring Europe's General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference and a new line of BMW law enforcement vehicles.

by / August 7, 2012

BMW will unveil a series of law enforcement vehicles at next month’s General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference in Leipzig, Germany, reported If there's enough interest, the automaker will factory install LED identification lights, sirens and warning lights that are controlled by the automaker's patented iDrive controls.

The vehicles that will be aimed at law enforcement include an updated 7-series “High Security” vehicle, an updated X3 and X5, a 3-series Sports Wagon, and a security vehicle based on the i3 electric city car. The i3 is targeted at localized law enforcement such as airport security or harbor patrol, where vehicles are needed sparingly and for short distances.

The X3, which will be a new addition to BMW's security line, is well suited for catching criminals because of its handling characteristics, reliability and efficiency, the automaker said.

There's no indication BMW plans to expand its security vehicle line for release stateside any time soon. BMW entered the U.S. police car market in 2010 with a contract to supply diesel engines to Carbon Motors for the E7, which has been billed as the world's first purpose-built law enforcement vehicle.

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