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.
Furthermore, the Fusion Hybrid beats the Crown Victoria when it comes to hitting 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour), doing it only in 23.1 seconds, while the Crown Victoria did it in 24.4 seconds. That is quite an impressive performance for a Responder, though it cannot compare to a Ford GT by any means.
Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager compares the Fusion-based Police Responder Hybrid Sedan to the V8 powered Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, explaining that the former offers better fuel efficiency, and is also quicker when it comes to performance. He also pointed out the new F-150 Police Responder’s off-road capability.
Not everyone is into hybrid vehicles, and automakers know that, which is why naturally aspirated gas-powered versions will still be available. This means that the Interceptor Sedan, Utility, and the F-150 Responder can be had in gasoline engines like the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.
So far, the EcoBoost powered Interceptor Sedan is the fastest in the lineup. From a standstill, it can hit 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 5.6 seconds. However, the F-150 carries the most power with a total output of 375 horsepower (279 kilowatts) and 470 pound-feet (637 Newton-metres) of torque. Furthermore, the F-150’s engine works with a new 10-speed automatic transmission, enabling it to sprint 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in just 6.3 seconds.
With the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan and the new F-150 Police Responder, police officers in the United States can now look forward to driving new vehicles when they are on duty.