Or should the sturdy workhorse be left to history?
One of the greatest cars ever produced, the Ford Crown Victoria has been discontinued for nearly an entire decade now. The reliable Crown Vic served as a police interceptor and taxi for many decades in the United States while other versions of Ford's Panther platform, like the Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Car, also served fleet duty. Ford attempted to continue the legacy with the full-size Taurus, which was also used as a police car, but it lacked the lasting impact of the legendary Crown Vic.
With crossovers dominating the market and Ford leaving the sedan for dead, we doubt there is any future where the Crown Vic returns as anything other than a fleet-friendly SUV. But this hasn't stopped YouTuber rendering artist TheSketchMonkey from imagining what a brand-new Crown Victoria might look like.
The Crown Vic was loved for its rear-wheel-drive drivetrain, V8 engine, and body-on-frame construction, which is why TheSketchMonkey decided to start his rendering with the second-generation EN114 model that came out in 1998. There are two dedicated videos of the rendering: one for the front end and another for the rear end.
Since Ford barely changed the car's design over its lifetime, TheSketchMonkey didn't want to go overboard with his modern interpretation. It still features an old school, squared-off design but it now has modern headlights, a new grille, and much larger wheels.
The back end is far more aggressive and reminds us a bit of the sportier Mercury Marauder. The taillights are now LED and are connected by a light bar running across the bumper. It certainly looks more modern but is still recognizable as a Crown Vic. We could love to see Ford bring back the Crown Victoria sporting a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine or since we are dreaming anyway, the 5.2-liter supercharged V8 Predator engine from the Shelby GT500.