Dearborn, Mich: Already accounting for two-thirds of police vehicle sales in Canada, Ford believes it has found the key to continue winning over the hearts of the law enforcement community –Led by a new hybrid variant of its popular Police Interceptor Utility, Ford’s new lineup of pursuit-rated vehicles aims to build upon its 74 percent of Canadian police vehicle sales in 2017.
When the all-new Police Interceptor Utility takes to the streets in 2019, that lineup will include Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, Expedition SSV, F-150 SSV, Transit PTV and SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan.
Hybrid technology is ideal for law enforcement – and taxpayers – because of the potential for significant idle-time fuel and cost savings.
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*. If those savings were applied to every Police Interceptor Utility sold in 2017, it would equate to $8.5 million*, or more than 6.5 million litres of fuel.
The all-new Police Interceptor Utility introduces a number of advanced innovations designed for officer safety. Factory-installed Police Perimeter Alert uses sensors to monitor an approximately 270-degree area around the vehicle.. Motion trails of the detected threat appear on the digital instrument cluster so officers can monitor.
Additional optional equipment includes Rear Camera On-Demand, which allows officers to view behind the vehicle at the touch of a button, and a host of factory-installed and factory-sealed wiring and lighting packages that offer agencies turnkey solutions.
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 full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and deep snow/sand traction control mode. Other standard equipment includes Bluetooth™ l, low- and high-beam LED headlamps, a Class III trailer tow receiver with 5,000-pound capacity and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
“The 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.”