Led by a new hybrid variant of its Police Interceptor Utility, Ford’s new lineup of pursuit-rated vehicles aims to build upon its proud history of outfitting law enforcement.
The all-new Police Interceptor Utility will hit the streets summer of 2019 and will include the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, Expedition SSV, F-150 SSV, Transit PTV and SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan.
Ford believes that hybrid technology is ideal for law enforcement and taxpayers because of the potential for significant idle-time fuel and cost savings. When police vehicles are stationary, a conventional gasoline engine must run continuously to power emergency lighting, radios, computers and other on-board electrical equipment. The Police Interceptor Hybrid’s powertrain allows the engine to shut off for extended periods, powering the electrical equipment via its lithium-ion hybrid battery, helping achieve significant reductions in fuel usage and CO2 emissions.
The all-new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility hybrid has a projected EnerGuide-estimated rating of 9.8L/100 combined, a 41 percent improvement over the current Police Interceptor Utility equipped with a 3.7-litre gas engine. Projections indicate the first pursuit-rated hybrid police utility will save as much as $5,900 per vehicle annually in fuel costs versus the current Police Interceptor Utility*.
The Interceptor Utility introduces a number of technologies for officer safety.
Factory-installed Police Perimeter Alert uses sensors to monitor an approximately 270-degree area around the vehicle. It analyzes nearby movement to detect potentially threatening behaviour. When such motion is detected, the system automatically turns on the rear camera, sounds a chime, rolls up the windows and locks the doors. Motion trails of the detected threat appear on the digital instrument cluster so officers can monitor.
Ford also equips its new Police Interceptor Utility and Police Responder Hybrid Sedan with a Ford modem and two years of complimentary Ford Telematics™ service that enables timely feedback of vehicle usage and location to agency fleet managers.
Available driver-assist technology includes Pre-Collision Assist with automatic emergency braking, which features Pedestrian Detection and forward collision warning. A unique disable switch for law enforcement allows officers to temporarily override the system to perform precision immobilization technique maneuvers when necessary.
Three powertrain options for the all-new Police Interceptor Utility include a standard 3.3-litre hybrid, plus available 3.0-litre EcoBoost® and 3.3-litre V6 engines. All are powered by a new 10-speed automatic transmission and feature standard full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and deep snow/sand traction control mode.
Police Interceptor Utility is tested for enhanced police durability, including improved cooling, specially tuned braking system, front-door tethers, and police-purposed steel wheels, tires and hubcaps that are designed to withstand the rigors of a chase. The vehicle is also tested for eight-inch curb impact, median crossing and 30-mph railroad crossing validation, and water fording to 18 inches at 15 mph and 10 inches at 40 mph.
“Whether patrolling or sitting idle, the all-new Police Interceptor Utility will change the way officers work,” said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for Police Interceptor Utility and Ford Explorer. “Everything about it was designed for keeping police officers safe, comfortable and ready for action.”
In 1950, Ford became the first manufacturer to offer a police package vehicle, focusing then – as it does now – on safety, durability, performance and the attributes of being purpose-built and upfit-friendly. The Interceptor name debuted on the optional 110-horsepower flathead V8 engine for 1951. Police Interceptor Utility –continues to refortify law enforcement fleets. In 2017, Ford Police Interceptor Utility alone accounted for almost half of all police vehicle sales in Canada.