2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility’s best feature is its clever lighting

Article by Christian A., on October 12, 2016

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.

Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager for North American fleet, lease and remarketing operations, remarked that aftermarket interior visor light bars are usually bulky and could obstruct the field of vision, especially when the one driving is a taller officer.

On the rear, the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is specified with the Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights that integrates bright LED units into the rear spoiler of the police vehicle. Just like the Front Interior Visor Light Bar, the Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights are barely noticeable unless activated.

When activated, the Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights flashes alternating bright red and blue bars in the rear spoiler of the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. They could also be programmed for red/red, blue/blue or amber operation, thereby providing police drivers with directional signaling information. In addition, the Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights on the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility features an auto-dimming capability that could tone down its light intensity down to 20 percent.

Tyler quipped that while aftermarket light bars could hamper visibility when they hand down over the rear glass, Ford’s Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights are integrated into the spoiler so as not to compromise rear visibility.

Arie Groeneveld, chief program engineer for Ford police programs, remarked that the new Front Interior Visor Light Bar and the Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights offer a fully integrated solution for law enforcement agencies wanting to minimize the presence of their police cars.

Now available for order, the new 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is powered by – as standard -- a 3.7-liter naturally-aspirated V6 engine that develops with 304 hp (226 kilowatts) of output and 279 pound-feet (378 Nm) of torque. It could also be powered by an optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that develops 365 hp (272 kilowatts) of output and 350 pound-feet (474 Nm) of torque.

Press Release

FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR UTILITY DEBUTS REAR SPOILER TRAFFIC WARNING LIGHTS TO COMPLEMENT FRONT INTERIOR VISOR LIGHT BAR

Ford is debuting Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights to complement the “no-profile” Front Interior Visor Light Bar on Police Interceptor Utility. The feature integrates bright LED lighting into the vehicle’s rear spoiler, providing law enforcement with a highly effective tool to alert drivers of emergency roadside situations while affording officers full visibility out the rear window. When deactivated, the lighting is difficult to detect for someone approaching the vehicle from the rear.

“Aftermarket light bars can impede visibility by hanging down over the glass,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Our fully programmable Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights are integrated into the spoiler, so agencies get their bright red, blue and amber LEDs with no compromise to rear visibility.”

Aftermarket products mount inside or outside the glass then extend into the rear window – impeding visibility. Ford’s warning lights free up that space for unimpeded rearward vision.

The option complements Ford’s “no-profile” Front Interior Visor Light Bar, a covert feature that provides a similar improvement in forward vision over aftermarket options.

When activated, the new warning lights flash alternating bright red and blue bars in the rear spoiler; they can also be programmed for red/red, blue/blue or amber operation, providing drivers with directional signaling information. An auto-dimming capability can be programmed from full intensity down to 20 percent.

“Together with our front visor light bar, Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights offer a fully integrated solution for agencies wishing to minimize the presence of their police vehicles,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief program engineer, Ford police programs. “While signaling to drivers of an upcoming emergency situation, it constitutes a clear safety benefit for officers and the public.”

The feature can be ordered now for the 2017 Police Interceptor Utility. As with all Ford-provided police vehicle options, Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights come with a limited factory warranty.

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