America’s best-selling large crossover, the Ford Explorer, is all-new for 2020. But before the public can get their hands on it, the cops in the US will get first dibs on it. Dubbed the Police Interceptor, it is essentially a 2020 Explorer donning a police uniform and gear.
Strip away the light bar, police livery, and ram bar and we see that the 2020 Explorer has slimmer headlights compared to the current model. It also boasts a rounder front end and a wider stance. The honeycomb grill on the other hand is probably exclusive to the police version. The civilian model will likely getting a more conventional slatted arrangement. Also, don’t expect those LED strobes on the bumper corners to come standard in the more docile Explorer.
The roofline now has a sleeker profile, gently sweeping downwards towards the rear. The third window also gets a more rakish appearance and there are more character lines on the flanks. While the rear isn’t shown, teaser photos of the Explorer/Police Interceptor show an evolutionary change over the current version. Also present is an integrated tailgate spoiler. Police Interceptors get 18-inch pressed steel wheels but the civilian models will get alloys.
Engine options available for the Explorer, at least for the Police Interceptor are: a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6, along with a 3.3-liter V6, and a hybridized version of the 3.3-liter V6. All engines are paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission and Police Interceptors get all-wheel drive standard. However, it is possible that the standard Explorer could get a four-cylinder EcoBoost option and the availability of front-wheel drive. Performance figures have yet to be revealed.
As for the interior and features, there’s isn’t much to go on as there are no photos of the cabin just yet. Ford did say the Police Interceptor comes with cloth seats with special bolsters, Rear Camera on Demand (to look out for perps sneaking at the back), hard wearing vinyl seats and flooring at the back, and Anti-stab plates at the back of the front seats. Don’t expect these features to be available in the ones you’ll see in the showroom though.
So those are the details of the police-spec Explorer. You’ll have to wait a little longer to see what the showroom-spec versions will look like. The (civilian) 2020 Ford Explorer will likely debut at this year’s North American International Auto Show, next week.