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.