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AMERICA’S BEST SELLING POLICE VEHICLE

| 21/02/2015 | 0 Comments

Ford unveiled the new Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicle at the Chicago Auto Show. It is the only Pursuit Rated midsize utility vehicle with standard all-wheel drive.

Ford_Police_Utility_1Since its introduction in 2012, Police Interceptor Utility quickly became America’s best-selling police vehicle, with a market share of 55 percent. Moreover, the Chicago-built Police Interceptor Utility and Police Interceptor Sedan are sold in more than 80 markets around the world.

Ford_Police_Utility_2The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility was developed with input from the Ford Police Advisory Board to handle the extreme rigors of police duty. “Our Police Interceptor Utility is the best-selling police vehicle in America because we have a unique relationship with our customers,” said Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford North American marketing manager for Police Vehicles. “By listening to the Ford Police Advisory Board, we have engineered a vehicle that officers love.”

Ford_Police_Utility_7The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility features a new front and rear design, new headlamps, a new instrument panel and an enhanced electrical system to distribute electrical loads more efficiently.

Ford_Police_Utility_3Available Surveillance Mode technology warns the driver when someone approaches the rear of the vehicle. Upon detection, the driver’s window automatically raises and all doors lock. A rear camera with washer is standard for the 2016 model with a 4-inch screen in the center stack. As an option, the view from the camera can be seen in the rearview mirror.

Ford_Police_Utility_8As a direct response to customer feedback, Ford added a lift gate release switch, accessible to occupants in the front. It allows the rear lift gate mechanism to remain unlocked for 45 seconds before timing out, permitting officers to access the cargo area.

Ford_Police_Utility_6The Interceptor Utility comes standard with a 3.7-liter V6 producing 304 horsepower, while an available 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 makes 365 horsepower and 474 Nm of torque, allowing agencies to select the engine that best meets their patrol requirements. Both engines have been calibrated to meet extreme test requirements defined by the Michigan State Police and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Tests include aggressive driving on road courses and racetracks, braking and acceleration, top speed and city pursuit testing. Police Interceptor Utility’s standard all-wheel drive is designed to deliver low-speed traction and high-speed handling and stability.

Ford_Police_Utility_4In both Police Interceptor models, the standard six-speed transmission features a unique Pursuit Mode specifically programmed for law enforcement use. The transmission automatically switches from normal, fuel-saving operation to Pursuit Mode when it detects aggressive driving situations, based on brake line pressure, deceleration and lateral acceleration rates.

Ford_Police_Utility_5Once initial work is completed at Chicago Assembly Plant, the vehicles are transported less than a mile away to Troy Design and Manufacturing to be upfitted with law enforcement equipment. Agencies can select from 125 packages, which include a variety of lighting options, wraps and styles. Ballistic shields built to Level III specifications determined by the National Institute of Justice Standard, can be factory-installed in the driver and passenger doors for additional protection against gunfire. Last year, an estimated 269,000 police-duty accessories were installed on 36,000 vehicles before shipping to police departments across the globe.

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