It is already an open secret that the newest Police Interceptor Utility is the police cruiser version of the 2020 Ford Explorer. But there is surprise. As revealed at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Police Interceptor Utility comes with a hybrid variant, which basically implies the upcoming launch of the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid.
The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid will be joining Ford’s armored lineup of pursuit-rated vehicles that will include the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, F-150 SSV, Expedition SSV and Transit PTV as well as the SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid is expected to further boost Ford’s dominance of the law enforcement community, as the carmaker accounted for around 65 percent of police vehicle sales in the US (data is as of 2007).
Ford now offers three powertrain choices for the all-new Police Interceptor Utility. The 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain comes as standard, while a 3.3-liter V6 engine and 3.0-liter EcoBoost mill are also available. All of these are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, as complemented by a full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and deep snow/sand traction control mode.
The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid managed to impress during police tests. In the tests conducted by the Michigan State Police, the Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid bested other competitive police utility vehicles in terms of 0-100 mph acceleration, fastest lap, fastest average lap and highest top speed. In the tests conducted by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the new Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid proved to be quicker on the 0-60 mph and 0-100 mph sprints than the outgoing Police Interceptor Utility powered by a 3.7-liter engine.
It terms of fuel savings, the Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid boasts of a projected EPA-estimated rating of 24 mpg combined, which is around 41 percent better the current 3.7-liter Police Interceptor Utility. This means that police departments could save between $3,500 and $5,700 in annual fuel costs per vehicle.
As a law enforcement vehicle, the new Ford Police Interceptor Utility is built to the task. Aside from improved cooling and specially tuned braking system, the Police Interceptor Utility comes with front-door tethers, as well as police-purposed steel wheels, tires and hubcaps.
The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility is also installed with Police Perimeter Alert that employs sensors to monitor a 270-degree area around the vehicle, helping detect possible threats. It also comes with Ford modem, two years of complimentary Ford Telematics service, Bluetooth pass-through commands to mobile devices, low- and high-beam LED headlamps as well as four user-configurable steering wheel switches.