Ford's newest police vehicles may not be as fast as Copzilla but they will be imposing sights at the rear-view mirror nonetheless. The latest cars from Ford to wear police uniforms are the F-150 and the recently introduced all-new Expedition.
Dubbed the Special Service Package (SSV), the Expedition and F-150 are designed for heavy-duty police work, particularly departments that require equipment-carrying capabilities and off-road use. Ford currently builds two vehicles specifically re-engineered for police duty. These are the Taurus-based Ford Police Interceptor Sedan and the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility with the latter being the US' top-selling patrol vehicle.
From the outside, there are no significant changes made to both cars aside from less chrome trim and the availability of steel rim choices and optional alloy wheels. The equipment seen on the cars are fitted either by the department or by Ford themselves. Inside, both cars get a simplified interior with a column shifter. Instead of a carpet, both get vinyl floors for easier cleanup. In the Expedition SSV, the third row has been removed for more cargo area and a vinyl-trimmed rear bench replaces the leather seats.
The police-spec Expedition and F-150 are powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine seen in the civilian models. It produces 375 PS, 637 Nm of torque and shifts via Ford's new 10-speed automatic transmission. The F-150 can also be specified with a 5.0 -liter V8 that outs out 385 PS and 525 Nm of torque. Key differences include a heavy-duty cooling system and higher capacity alternators to suit the demands of police work. Both are offered in rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.