New Ford Police Interceptor Utility is a Fuel-Sipping, Pursuit-Rated Hybrid
Ford has made innovation a habit when it comes to its law enforcement officer vehicle lineup, and the introduction of the all-new Police Interceptor Utility is just the latest example. The new Police Interceptor Utility is now offered standard with a hybrid powertrain that will allow law enforcement agencies to save as much as $3,200 in annual fuel costs per vehicle without compromising pursuit capabilities.
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“We’re committed to electrifying vehicles for all customers, including law enforcement who need the high performance and low operating costs that Ford’s next-generation hybrids will excel at providing,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing.
What’s more, the all-new Ford Police Interceptor Utility is projected to be faster off the line and have a higher top speed than the outgoing model. It will also be offered standard with all-wheel drive, which Thai-Tang says is particularly important “because crooks don’t stop when it rains.” Truer words.
Being that it is a hybrid, fuel economy is a significant talking point. Ford estimates that the Police Interceptor Utility will return an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city, making it 40 percent more efficient than the current Police Interceptor Utility’s 3.7-liter V6. Based on the number of Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles sold in 2017 and an average of $2.93 per gallon of gasoline, Ford estimates that this could save as much as $126 million in taxpayer money and approximately 43 million gallons of fuel.
Other noteworthy features with the Police Interceptor Utility include an available Police Perimeter Alarm, Rear Camera on Demand, and Class III trailer tow package. It is expected to go on sale next summer.
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