Police in Knoxville rolled out a new patrol car that will hit the streets within a month.
Knoxville Police will put new Dodge Charger cruisers on patrol in two or three weeks.
"We routinely have to replace our cars and with the Crown Vics no longer being available, we need something that would be economical but would serve the purpose," said Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.
Police chief David Rausch began the search for new patrol cars in 2012 after the news their current model of car was discontinued.
"We literally did a six-month study. We ran these cars consistently and constantly during that period, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the Dodge just performed head and shoulders above the other vehicles out here," said Rausch.
The department tested the Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Caprice, and the Ford Interceptor. When testing the car's limits and comfort, the Charger prevailed.
"This is an officer's office. When they are out in the field, it's where they spend most of their shift, and they all commented on how much more comfortable it was," said Rausch.
He said the car choice was under the radar and it was a relief to give the big reveal.
"It's very exciting for us. To finally be able to show something we had been planning on for a while now. The officers, it is the first time they got to see it. We had to hide this one until we got it all done," said Rausch.
As for the old cars? They will find new homes. The department will replace them with the new ones as they come in. They will be selling the old cars to help bring in the new.
KPD will receive 20 new vehicles right away. They will get 20 to 40 more each year for the next five years.
Each cruiser will cost about $32,000 upfront with all fees incorporated.