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2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is a frugal yet menacing hybrid law enforcement vehicle

It is already an open secret that the newest Police Interceptor Utility is the police cruiser version of the 2020 Ford Explorer. But there is surprise. As revealed at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Police Interceptor Utility comes with a hybrid variant, which basically implies the upcoming launch of the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid.

The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid will be joining Ford’s armored lineup of pursuit-rated vehicles that will include the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, F-150 SSV, Expedition SSV and Transit PTV as well as the SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid is expected to further boost Ford’s dominance of the law enforcement community, as the carmaker accounted for around 65 percent of police vehicle sales in the US (data is as of 2007).

Ford now offers three powertrain choices for the all-new Police Interceptor Utility. The 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain comes as standard, while a 3.3-liter V6 engine and 3.0-liter EcoBoost mill are also available. All of these are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, as complemented by a full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and deep snow/sand traction control mode.

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Sales begin in December for Ford Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan built for the Police force

Ford has just stepped up its game by electrifying its models for the police, fire and government market. This special edition model of the Fusion Energi, which is officially known as the Special Service Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. Though this model was not made for pursuits, the four-door vehicle can cover as far as 500 miles (805 kilometers), including 21 miles (34 kilometers) that’s propelled by electric power alone.

According to Ford, they believe that this sort of setup is perfect for officials like detectives, police and fire chiefs. This model will be up for grabs starting December this year, but deliveries will not begin until summer 2018.

What powers the Special Service Plug-in Hybrid is the same battery that they use in the Standard Fusion Energi, and that is a 7.6 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery that can be charged on a level-two 240 volt charger in just two and a half hours, or a conventional 110 volt outlet for 7 hours.

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New Ford police vehicles – hybrid sedan and F-150 – are now pursuit rated

In 2011, Ford announced the retirement of certain vehicles including the Ford Crown Victoria, the Police Interceptor Sedan that is based on the Ford Taurus, and the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility - vehicles that served as options for many police forces around the United States. But just recently, Ford introduced the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and the new F-150 Police Responder to further expand its range. And both models are now pursuit rated.

To become a pursuit rated vehicle, the car must go through a test that includes driving 32 laps around the Grattan Raceway. Undergoing these laps evaluates the vehicles’ features such as its durability, pertaining to how its powertrain, suspension, brake, and tire systems perform.

After going through tests, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, which we first heard of in April, did better than the Crown Victoria when it comes to efficiency, and it is faster too. The former returns an EPA-estimated mile per gallon rating of 40 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 38 mpg combined, while the latter does 16 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined rating.

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Ford F-150 Police Responder, a tougher pursuit truck, will report for duty in early 2018

Even cops get excited when they’re assigned to drive the best cars in the market. In Austria, police officers drive around in a Porsche 911 Carrera while in Milan, authorities run after bad guys in a Ferrari 458 Spider.

In the United States, one of the biggest automakers that provide vehicles in the law enforcement would be Ford. Manager of commercial and government fleet sales of Ford, Michele Bartlett, said that in 2016, the company has sold 43,000 police vehicles alone, that is about 60 percent of the market. Now, Ford had just revealed the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, and they are hoping to further expand their presence in the country.

The 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the first pursuit-rated pickup truck and is based on the FX4 off-road package. This package gives the Police Responder a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that enables it to put out 375 horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque, paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. This will enable the truck to reach a top speed of 100 miles per hour in no time. The package is only sold as a SuperCrew with a 5.5-foot bed.

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If you think that police authorities in Germany hate tuned cars, think again. They love tuned cars, but only safe ones. In fact, for every year around a decade now, the German Police (Polizei) has been getting a new tuned car. For 2017, the German Police’s new toy is a new Ford Mustang GT powered by a tuned 5.0-liter V8 engine.

Dubbed as the “Wolf Wide 5.0” this tuned Mustang GT is a special concept car that intently preaches an initiative called "TUNE IT! SAFE!" The TUNE IT! SAFE! campaign is initiated by Verband der Automobil Tuner (Association of German Vehicle Tuners, or VDAT) with support from the German Police and the Federal Ministry for Transport, Construction and Road Development. VDAT is a group of companies in the local tuning industry, similar to the Specialty Equipment Market Association in the United States.

For the 2017 iteration of the TUNE IT! SAFE! initiative, VDAT commissioned Ford tuning specialist Wolf Racing to do the honors, and that led to the creation of the Wolf Wide 5.0. Wolf Racing started off with a Ford Mustang GT powered by a 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine that could provide 421 hp (310 kW) of max output.

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Police officers sometimes go undercover. Doing so in a marked police car with standard roof-mounted police lights would defeat the purpose. Hence, police officers may use a plain-looking undercover vehicle during these instances. However, it would be too much of a hassle to switch between a plain-looking undercover vehicle and a marked police car with standard roof-mounted police lights.

Here comes a purpose-built dynamic police vehicle that could double as an undercover vehicle -- the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. Basically, the Ford Police Interceptor Utility is a Ford Explorer that features some police lights that no one could notice unless they are illuminated.

Up front, the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility features a factory-installed Front Interior Visor Light Bar that allows for a stealthier appearance. This Front Interior Visor Light Bar is fully integrated at the place where the headliner and top of the windshield meet, which means driver visibility is not impeded in any way. Upon activation, the Front Interior Visor Light Bar flashes bright, alternating red and blue bars through the top of the Ford Police Interceptor Utility’s windshield. The police could program this Front Interior Visor Light Bar for red/red or blue/blue operation.

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Ford Mustang has been one of the most celebrated cars for more than half a century. It was first developed from the two-seater concept car which then evolved to what we currently know and love as the four-seater muscle car.

Currently on its sixth generation, the Mustang is still making waves throughout the automobile industry. In 2013, the sixth generation Mustang was unveiled in various parts of the United States as well as in Spain, China and Australia.

There have been changes over the years for each generation of the Mustang and for its sixth generation, it got itself quite a facelift –body made wider by 1.5 inches, a lowered body, a trapezoidal grille, a 2.75-inch lower decklid, and of course, a set of new colors. The sixth gen Mustang was offered in three engine options: the four-cylinder 3.2-liter EcoBoost with 310 horsepower, the 3.7-liter V6 that could produce 300 horsepower, and the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 with 435 horsepower.

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Ford revealed that it will provide ballistic panels on the Ford Police Interceptor sedan and utility with protection from armor-piercing (AP) rifle ammunition. Ford North America Fleet General Marketing Manager for Lease and Remarketing Operations Raj Sarkar said that the car maker has always been known for improving the safety of its police-friendly models.

Sarkar boasted that it has long been a trademark of Ford. In the US, the factory-equipped models are the first pursuit-rated police cars to come with ballistic protection up to the National Institute of Justice standard Type IV of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

According to the said standard, a Type IV ballistic panel shall be tested with .30 caliber AP bullets (US Military designation M2 AP) weighing 10.80 grams or 166 gr and having an 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s or 2,889 ft/s ± 30 ft/s.

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Science fiction films have long awed audiences by giving glimpses of what the future could bring. These movies have tickled our imagination so many times. We visualized space travel with Han Solo’s very iconic Millennium Falcon.

Marty McFly even showed us how to enjoy the streets with the hoverboard. Another thing that excites people about sci-fi films is its propensity to change the rules. In a world where almost anything is governed by rules, sci-fi shows us that sometimes what is impossible today can be possible in the future.

Aside from the spaceships, the hi-tech gadgets, and the light sabers, there is another aspect to these films that is often overlooked. These are the cars that rule the future.

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The all-new 2016 Ford Police Interceptor made its debut ahead of the 2015 Chicago Auto Show and wants to continue its success as America’s best-selling police vehicle. According to Ford, the new Police Interceptor is powered by a standard 3.7-liter V6 petrol engine that generates 304 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque, but as an option the manufacturer offers the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 producing 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

Moreover, the vehicle is offered as standard with an all-wheel drive, designed to deliver low-speed traction and high-speed handling and stability. Ford says that both engines were calibrated in order to meet the extreme test requirements defined by the Michigan State Police as well as Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department.

In addition, the engines are bolted to a standard six-speed transmission featuring a unique Pursuit Mode programmed for law enforcement use. What’s more interesting is that the Pursuit Mode is automatically activated when the system detects aggressive driving situations based on deceleration and acceleration rates as well as brake line pressure.

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Once again, the EcoBoost-powered Ford Police Interceptor managed to overtake the competition, V8-powered utility and V6-powered sedans. According to Ford, the preliminary results of Michigan State Police testing showed that the 2015 Ford Police Interceptor sedan equipped with all-wheel drive is the fastest-accelerating police car, as it managed to zoom from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.85 seconds.

Meanwhile, the competition’s 5.7-liter V8 sedan with all-wheel drive accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.31 seconds. What’s more interesting is that the Ford Police Interceptor sedan comes as standard with all-wheel drive, while the system is offered as an option on competing model.

Furthermore, the Ford Interceptor sedan topped a competing 6.0-liter V8-powered sedan, which accelerated from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.17 seconds. In addition, the Ford Police Interceptor sedan turned a 14.19 second 0-100 mph (160 km/h) time, while the competition’s 5.7-liter sedan posted 15.63 seconds and the 6.0-liter sedan took 14.69 seconds.

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In the recent instrumented acceleration testing done by the Michigan State Police, the Ford EcoBoost-powered Police Interceptor sedan managed to overtake the Chevrolet Caprice V8 and the Hemi Dodge Charger. Meanwhile, the Ford Police Interceptor utility powered by an EcoBoost engine as well took on the V8-powered Chevrolet Tahoe.

The 2014 Ford Police Interceptor sedan offered with standard all-wheel drive managed to sprint from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.66 seconds, while the 5.7-liter Hemi-powered Dodge Charger with optional all-wheel drive managed to sprint to 60 in 6.04 seconds. Moreover, the 6.0-liter V8-equipped Chevrolet Caprice clocked a 6.01-second 0-60 mph time. In the 0-100 mph testing, the Ford Police Interceptor reached 100 mph in 13.5 seconds, while the Dodge Charger posted 14.70 seconds and Chevrolet Caprice in 14.35 seconds.

Regarding the other vehicle, the new Ford Police Interceptor 3.5-liter EcoBoost-powered utility vehicle left rivals in the dust. In the 0-60 mph testing, the Ford Police Interceptor utility with standard all-wheel drive accelerated to 60 mph in just 6.28 seconds, while in the 0-100 mph testing it needed only 15.51 seconds. The 5.3-liter V8-powered Chevrolet Tahoe posted a 0-60 mph time of 8.22 seconds and reached 100 mph in 21.95 seconds. [source: Ford]

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Ford is offering the 2013 Focus ST Wagon as an excellent pursuit vehicle to police fleets in the UK. But in other countries around the world, Ford is busy selling the Taurus-based Police Interceptor and the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. The hot white Focus ST wagon features your typical police plaid livery but it is a one-off car that’s believed to be a legitimate demonstrator.

Ford’s Special Vehicle Preparations group in Essex prepared the ST police wagon to be displayed at a recent trade show. It supposedly complies with all English NPIA standards for “fast response vehicles.” Aside from the LED lighting and checkerboard paint scheme, the police-spec Focus ST isn’t really very different from the regular variety.

A drawer system and divider is built in the cargo hold. In addition, a police computer system and lighting controller were carefully integrated into the dash space formerly used to accommodate the MyFord Touch infotainment system. The Focus ST is powered by the 252-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4, which enables the wagon to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 6.2 seconds.

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The Michigan State Police recently conducted testing and was quick to conclude that Ford Police Interceptors are the best there is. In the competition for the 0-60 mph, 0-80 mph and 0-100 mph acceleration categories, the top scorer was no other than the Police Interceptor sedan that had the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.

Having fast closing-in speeds is vital for first responders and law enforcement professionals. During the testing at Grattan Raceway, the fastest single lap and best average lap times were achieved by the Ford Police Interceptor with EcoBoost V6 engine and all-wheel drive. Rivals that have the bigger V8 engines can’t match the superior advanced engineering of the Ford EcoBoost V6.

The purpose-built Police Interceptor is meant to do better than its competition by optimizing handling and control as well as by offering a combination of high-torque engine and strong brakes. Lisa Teed, Marketing manager for the Ford Police Interceptor program, said that the testing is proof of the Ford Police Interceptors’ status as industry leaders.

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The new Ford Police Interceptors are built to be very fuel-efficient. This is seen to be a great help to cities who are concerned about skyrocketing expenses as experts have made predictions that fuel prices will rise to record heights this year. The all-new Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle models were designed by Ford engineers to save fuel when they’re not running.

However, this was done in such a way as not to compromise pursuit performance. The city and highway fuel economy ratings for the new Police Interceptors are higher by 25% compared to the retired Crown Victoria, the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the U.S. for the past 15 years. However, it’s a fact that many law enforcement vehicles spend most of their time idling.

This is where the new models can offer even more fuel savings. The Police Interceptor sedan and utility vehicle that are being shipped to law enforcement agencies are offered with efficient powertrain packages that have improved performance and fuel economy. They are combined with standard and exclusive all-wheel drive for optimized traction and control.

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Visitors of the 2010 SEMA Show will get to see a Police Interceptor concept from Ford designer Melvin Betacourt. To achieve its more purposeful, stealthy appearance, the car was made to be an inch lower than the regular Interceptors currently used by the US Police forces.

To give the illusion of width, Betacourt installed special 22-inch wheels with a staggered rim. The center of the rim is glossy black while the lip is chrome.

Betancourt describes the new concept to have a “racy, hot rod look” but with a feeling of “sinister and stealthy.” His approach is called “there, but not there”, inspired by the SR-71 Blackbird stealth aircraft.

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Ford revealed today the Police Interceptor Stealth Concept, a new car that will be revealed to the public tomorrow, at the 2010 SEMA Show. As expected, the car is based on the Ford Police Interceptor sedan, but was developed as a customized undercover stealth version that’s both stylish and full of high-tech surprises.

Apparently, the SR-71 Blackbird airplane was used by Ford designer Melvin Betancourt in order to design this car.

Just like the plane, the car features a solid black paint finish, as well as lights designed to be inconspicuous, with the surrounding area painted black so they blend in until illuminated.

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For those who don’t know, the police car market has been dominated by Ford with its Crown Victoria, as Ford sold almost 70 percent of the 75,000 cars sold annually. However, things are about to change as Chevrolet will introduce the 2011 Caprice police car which promises to be better than the Victoria.

But don’t think that Ford will accept this, because you are wrong and the manufacturer will introduce a front-wheel drive Police Interceptor based on the Taurus. The Crown Victoria police car production will stop in August 2011, when it will be replaced the new Police Interceptor.

And in order to make things even harder, Chrysler is also introducing the 2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit police car. Now, the police will have to choose between three new vehicles, but which could be the winner?

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Ford announced today its new Police Interceptor utility based on the impressive 2011 Explorer. Set to join forces in late 2011, the new car is Ford's first-ever specially designed Police Interceptor utility and promises to deliver at least 20 percent better fuel economy than the current Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Why? Because under the hood we find the fuel-efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering at least 280 horsepower and E85 compatibility, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Just like the sedan, the new utility version of the Police Interceptor introduces plenty of safety features such as Safety Canopy side-curtain airbag rollover protection system that helps protect passengers in both rollover and side-impact crashes but also multiple side-curtain airbags use Ford's unique roll-fold technology to help position them between the occupant and the side window.

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The Ford Police Interceptor, a new front-drive sedan that shares underpinnings with the Ford Taurus, will replace the Crown Victoria police car. The Police Interceptor is a vehicle that's purposefully engineered to surpass the Crown Victoria's durability, safety and performance record.

The Police Interceptor will start being assembled in late 2011, which is when the Crown Victoria ends production. Ford will also be offering an all-wheel-drive version.

In a statement, Mark Fields, Ford president of the Americas, said that this vehicle is in response to police throughout the country who want a new kind of weapon in the battle for public safety.

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