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

Article by Christian A., on July 21, 2017

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.

If you are wondering what makes the Police Responder different from a standard F-150, the former is specially made for long, high speed pursuits, making it more durable overall. It comes with a cooling system, large brake calipers, high performance brake pads, skid plates, and heavy duty 18-inch wheels coated in all-terrain tires, plus a thick front anti-roll bar and a 240-amp alternator.

Bartlett knows the law enforcement pretty well, so Ford had their engineers build a spacious cabin for the officers as these vehicles are like their mobile offices. They have added column shifters that will give space for laptops and other communication gears. The center seats have been taken out as well to give them more room inside. Front seats are made with heavy-duty cloth and have minimal bolsters since the cops have their utility belts on, while the rear seats and flooring are all in vinyl for easier cleanup.

Customers have been requesting for a tougher, pursuit-rated truck for rural sheriffs, and this Police Responder can tow up to 7,000 pounds. All this was made possible by Ford with the help of a special team of 26 law-enforcement consultants from US and Canada. Other pursuit-rated vehicles that Ford offers are the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility and the Taurus-based Police Responder Hybrid Sedan.

This fall, the F-150 Police Responder will be put to the test at the Michigan State Police and the LA County Sheriff’s Department, before it becomes available in early 2018.

Press Release

FORD REVEALS INDUSTRY’S FIRST POLICE PURSUIT-RATED PICKUP TRUCK – THE F-150 POLICE RESPONDER

Ford is revealing the industry’s first pursuit-rated pickup, the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, giving law enforcement agencies a more versatile and capable patrol vehicle.

Capable of speeds up to 100 mph, the all-new F-150 Police Responder features a powerful and efficient 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine and Ford SelectShift® 10-speed transmission, plus four-wheel drive for all-terrain police performance. The truck offers 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque – more than any other pursuit-rated police vehicle.

Based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, the Police Responder’s 145-inch wheelbase sits on a high-strength steel frame, and features Ford’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy SuperCrew body – giving it the largest passenger volume, payload and towing capacity of any pursuit-rated police vehicle. The truck features best-in-class front and rear shoulder and hip room, as well as rear legroom.

“Ford’s 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the perfect all-terrain law enforcement vehicle,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police brand marketing manager. “Aside from its industry-first on-road pursuit capability, this purpose-built pickup can comfortably seat five, while providing capability in off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments patrolled by sheriff’s departments, border patrol operations and the Department of Natural Resources.”

Additional F-150 Police Responder performance enhancements include a police-calibrated brake system with upgraded calipers and pad friction material, upgraded front-stabilizer bar for improved braking and handling and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires. An upfit-ready interior features a column shifter with center-seat delete, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating and heavy-duty vinyl flooring for easy cleanup.

A high-output 240-amp alternator is included to support on-board electrical devices, along with a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters. Underbody skid plates protect the truck from curbs and rough terrain. A standard class IV hitch gives F-150 Police Responder best-in-class towing capability of 7,000 pounds.

F-150 Police Responder joins the broadest lineup of law enforcement vehicles in the industry. From its Police Responder Hybrid Sedan – the first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle – and market-leading Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility, to the Special Service F-150 and Expedition, Special Service Police Sedan and Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle, Ford offers the right vehicles for a variety of law enforcement needs.

Source: Ford

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