Ford Adding Special Service Vehicle Package for 2016 F-150
Ford made waves earlier this month when it announced that it would be offering an interior visor light bar for the Police Interceptor Utility, ostensibly making police vehicles more difficult to spot. Ford appears once again to be keeping lawbreakers on their toes by offering a new Special Service Vehicle that comes in a somewhat unexpected shape: a pickup truck.
Ford announced that it will be offering a Special Service Vehicle package for the 2016 F-150, available for F-150 XL models in SuperCrew or SuperCab configurations. Customers will have the option of choosing the 4×4 or 4×2, as well as with either the 3.5-liter EcoBoost or the 5.0-liter V8.
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“We offer a whole family of police vehicles,” said Arie Groeneveld, Ford chief program engineer for police vehicles. “Our lineup aims to fulfill the unique needs of law enforcement officers, and our F-150 Special Service Vehicle is an extension of that offering. This vehicle definitely lives up to its Built Ford Tough reputation.”
“Many officers need the extra space F-150 Special Service Vehicle offers,” added Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager. “They can load the cargo box with equipment and still fit five people inside. Its utility is unmatched.”
Because of the likelihood of extended idling, Ford adds a 240-amp alternator. For additional flexibility, the 40/20/40 seating configuration is altered to remove the 20, enabling officers to keep their K-9 units safely in the back or make any other number of customizations.
The F-150 Special Service Vehicle joins Ford’s LEO lineup, which consists of the Expedition SSV, Special Service Police Sedan, Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle, and Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility.
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