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Ford reveals Explorer-based Interceptor Utility police vehicle

Ford reveals Explorer-based Interceptor Utility police vehicle image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ford Press | posted February 12, 2015 11:50

It comes standard with Ford's safety feature, Surveillance Mode

Ford Motor Company has revealed the 2016 Ford Interceptor Utility police vehicle prior to its actual debut at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. It was developed by Ford with input from the company's Police Advisory Board in order to meet with the rigors of police work.

“Our Police Interceptor Utility is the best-selling police vehicle in America because we have a unique relationship with our customers. By listening to the Ford Police Advisory Board, we have engineered a vehicle that officers love,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford North American Marketing Manager for Police Vehicles.

The rear and side of the Ford Interceptor Utility

It now features a new front end design which consist of updated headlights, a black grill and C-shaped foglamps. The rear section also gets a new look and has Explorer-inspired taillights and tailgate design.

Inside the Ford Interceptor Utility

Aboard the Interceptor Utility, it has an improved electrical system that distributes electrical loads more efficiently along with a new instrument panel. The new pursuit vehicle also gets Ford's Surveillance Mode which acts as a safety measure for police officers. It activates once the system detects an individual approaching behind the car. The system then closes the driver's side window and locks all doors.

The tailgate mechanism of the Ford Interceptor Utility

Additional features included in the new Interceptor are the: rear view camera with a 4-inch screen placed at the center dash, level III bulletproof windows, Active Blind Spot Information System, Cross-Traffic Alert and a proximity sensor at the rear.

Engines available for the 2016 Interceptor Utility include: a 3.7-liter V6 that generates 309 PS with 378 Nm of torque and the more powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that cranks out 369 PS with 474 Nm of torque.

The transmission also has a unique self-activating Pursuit Mode which makes the gearbox more responsive when it detects aggressive driving (i.e. on a high speedchase). It returns to fuel-saving mode after it detects that the chase is complete.