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Monday, May 8, 2017

Greenlight 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility and 1986 Chevy G20 Van

Greenlight is no stranger in making slight modifications to existing tools to give it a variety.  While their tools are not as flexible as M2 Machines or Auto World they still find ways to get it done from additional accessories to paint deco's based on certain trim models.  Then there are times that a slight retool is in order, and the latest updates occur to the Ford Police Interceptor Utility and Chevy Van.

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Greenlight gets the nod for being one of the first to replicate the Explorer-based Police Interceptor and once again they get the nod for the 2016 updated version.  For 2016 the Explorer gets a vast update that includes new, larger headlights with optional LED's, a new grille, new taillights, and a few interior tweaks.  On this Fischers, Indiana version the lack of a front push bar helps reveal the new front-end.  The headlights are larger and have a while LED wrapped around the edges, while a new grille is smaller and now allows a larger lower air duct.  The bumper is all-new and gets C-shaped foglights.  Out back the taillights are all-new and more rounded with a new liftgate as well.  Other than that this is the same as the 2011-2015 Explorer casting with excellent exterior details, metal base with detailed suspension, 3.5L Ecoboost V6 and six-speed automatic, and 7-passenger seating to a highly-detailed interior.  Now the interior has a few minor adjustments on the real vehicle, but it's not too much so Greenlight reused the interior and metal base on this new modified body.  It is quick, capable, and great-looking SUV though it would be nice to see newly-tooled wheel designs here.  I do appreciate the rear detailing on this model from the Indiana plate to the blue ribbon.

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On the other side there's a bit of double vision going on:  This is the latest Country Roads release of the Chevy Van and, strangely, it has the same exact red and black two-tone as a prior release.  The difference here is about 10 years with a new grille up front.  The Chevy Van was introduced in 1970 and has been unchanged since 1995.  The van uses a unibody design over a body-on-frame construction of the competition.  In the 1980's the van's got a refresh that follows the trucks with a new grille and dual headlights.  This is what you see here, the new front grille with split-bar design, dual stacked headlights, and integrated signal lights in the grille.  The rest of the van is a carry-over with the panel-smooth sides, Chevy Van badges, and silver and black hubcap wheels.  The rear has square taillights and dual panel doors.  Again, the side sliding door handle is missing again, and that bus-style steering wheel still remains.  The cargo area is vast and wide while the front has bucket seats with an unchanged dashboard layout that saddles the 5.7L V8 motor that by now starts to offer fuel-injection for 152 horsepower through a 3-speed automatic.  The metal base and interior is carried-over from the 1970's version and only the grille is the major change here, so be very careful when finding this one on the pegs to make sure you have the correct 1986 version and not the previous 1976 version from an earlier release.

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