Ford unveils 2018 F-150 and Expedition special service vehicles

Article by Christian A., on April 11, 2017

The next time you hear a police siren, you might be surprised when you see one of Ford’s newest police interceptors in the form of the 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle and 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle. Of course, you have to give way to them, but still you can’t help but stare at the dynamic and aggressive beauty of these police monsters.

Specifically tweaked to meet the demand and requirement of its law enforcement, government customers as well as of fleet clients, the 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle and 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle are both built with high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies, 10-speed column-mounted shifters as well as vinyl seats. Both of these special service vehicles (F-150 SSV and the Expedition SSV) are powered, as standard, by the second-generation of Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which is mated to a Ford-built 10-speed automatic gearbox that boasts of acceleration and performance levels better than six-speed automatic transmissions.

This new 10-speed transmission is suited with either (4x4 or 4x2) and with any available engine for the F-150 Special Service Vehicle. The F-150 SSV could also be powered by a newly upgraded 5.0-liter V8 engine. Meanwhile, the 3.73 rear differential on the new Expedition SSV, is now an electronic limited-slip differential. Both the F-150 SSV and the Expedition SSV now feature Auto Start-Stop technology to allow for improved fuel efficiency.

In addition, both the 2018 F-150 SSV and the Expedition SSV now come with a high-output 240-amp alternator, thereby allowing extended idle times while catering to the requirement of additional on-board electrical power. Instead of the usual 40/20/40 seats, these special service vehicles are fitted with 40/blank/40 seats, which means that the center section has been removed, allowing for a more customized interior. Considering that, sometimes, law enforcement might be become too dirty literally, Ford has replaced the rear seats and the carpeting with a vinyl bench and vinyl flooring, respectively, making them easier to clean just in case.

Ford is offering the new 2018 F-150 SSV in a number of configurations, allowing customers to pick one that is suitable for their requirements. Available in either 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain, the new F-150 could be configured as a SuperCrew or SuperCab, with the availability of the XL trim.

Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager, remarked that while its Police Interceptor Utility units are the most preferred special service vehicles by law enforcement agencies, there is also an increasing need for mobile units that could accommodate five occupants and more cargo, as well as for those with off-road capabilities.

Press Release

2018 FORD F-150, EXPEDITION SPECIAL SERVICE VEHICLES HELP POLICE, GOVERNMENT, FLEET CUSTOMERS GO FURTHER

They might be the only new vehicles sold in the United States with high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies, vinyl seats and 10-speed column-mounted shifters – just the way their customers want them. For its law enforcement, government and fleet customers, Ford is unveiling its new 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle and all-new 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle designed to meet their very specific needs.

The 2018 F-150 SSV is even tougher, smarter and more capable, with a segment-exclusive combination of advanced materials that are durable and inhibit corrosion, technologies that improve productivity, efficiency and driver confidence, plus the best towing capability of any F-150, ever.

The all-new 2018 Expedition SSV is the smartest, most capable, adaptable Expedition ever – providing fleets with generous space, connectivity and smart new technology for their specialized applications.

Both vehicles have updated powertrains, including a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® or newly upgraded 5.0-liter V8 for F-150, paired to a segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic. The Ford-built transmission delivers improved acceleration and performance over previous six-speed automatics. Expedition is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Both vehicles add Auto Start-Stop for greater fuel efficiency. On Expedition SSV, a 3.73 rear differential is now an electronic limited-slip differential.

A high-output 240-amp alternator replaces the stock unit to accommodate for extended idle times and meet the demands for additional on-board electrical power in both vehicles.

Standard 40/20/40 seats are replaced with 40/blank/40 seats, with the center section deleted to create more space for customization. Because law enforcement, government and fleet work can be messy, a vinyl bench in place of the rear seat aids in quick cleanup, while easy-to-clean vinyl flooring replaces carpeting.

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly looking to vehicles beyond the traditional sedan for specialized duty.

“While our Police Interceptor Utility remains the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the country by a large margin, some agencies need to haul five people with higher equipment-carrying capacity, or off-road capabilities are required,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “That’s where the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV come in.”

F-150 SSV provides a selection of configurations so fleets can pick what best suits their needs. Available in XL trim for F-150 SuperCrew or SuperCab configuration, customers can opt for either a 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain. Whether equipped with the V8 or high-torque EcoBoost, power is not a problem for customers choosing either of these Special Service Vehicles.

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