Behold, the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility
Just hours ahead of opening curtain at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Ford is giving us our first full look at the new Police Interceptor Utility that bad drivers and non-law-abiding citizens will come to know and fear over the next several years.
“Our Police Interceptor Utility is the best-selling police vehicle in America because we have a unique relationship with our customers,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford North American marketing manager for Police Vehicles. “By listening to the Ford Police Advisory Board, we have engineered a vehicle that officers love.”
In conferring with the Ford Police Advisory Board, a number of changes were implemented in the new Interceptor Utility (based on the 2016 Explorer). These include new front and rear seats, an improved instrument panel, available Surveillance Mode, a liftgate release switch, and a standard rearview camera.
The Police Interceptor Utility will come standard with a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 304 horsepower and 279 lb-ft of torque. A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that creates 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque will also be available. The standard six-speed transmission will offer Pursuit Mode, which is catered to high-speed driving situations. All-wheel drive is standard, and the enhanced rigidity of the unibody structure will make the Interceptor Utility more safe and give it better handling than ever.
“From the heavy-duty suspension and powertrain offerings, to the unique steering and transmission calibrations, Ford Police Interceptor Utility is built to provide any law enforcement agency a vehicle ready to meet extremely demanding needs,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer for the new Police Interceptor Utility.