At the Chicago Auto Show, the new 2016 Ford Police Interceptor SUV made its debut. Taking input from Ford’s Police Advisory Board this SUV is one of the most technologically advanced and purposefully-built vehicles on the road today. Made to help protect officers as well as aid them is being able to track down and transport criminals, the Police Interceptor line of Utility and Sedans are specially made in Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant and shipped out to police units all over the world. This helps many police forces have a leg up in being able to effectively fight crime in their area.
Since 2012, when the Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle was release to police units, Ford has taken over 55 percent of the U. S. law enforcement vehicle market. The input from the Police Advisory Board has been invaluable in developing such a vehicle. The board, which was created in 2000, consisting of a rotating panel of 25 law enforcement experts has been providing Ford the necessary information it needs to develop outstanding law enforcement vehicles for many years.
The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility, not available at Ford dealers, will feature new front and rear designs, new headlamps, a new instrument panel and an enhanced electrical system. To make it more adequate for police, the Interceptor will offer a Surveillance Mode to warn the driver when someone approaches the rear of the vehicle. When this takes place, the driver’s windows automatically raise and all doors are locked. Another useful feature is the liftgate release switch which allows the rear liftgate to be unlocked for 45 seconds to allow officers access to the cargo space. To add even more rear security, a rearview camera with a washer is standard with viewing available on a four-inch screen or on the rearview mirror.
The Police Interceptor Utility can be fitted with one of two engines, either a 3.7-liter V6 which offers 304 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque, or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that gives 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Add a heavy duty suspension and transmission to the mix and this beast is built to withstand the punishment law enforcement can put their vehicles through while attempting to uphold the law and protect citizens.
Because of the aggressiveness that can occur while in pursuit, the SUV has been outfitted with a Pursuit Mode which adjusts the suspension, transmission and cooling system when aggressive driving is detected. This allows the vehicle to perform optimally for the officer when needed, and transfers back to a fuel saving mode when the aggressive driving has concluded. Along with aggressive driving aids, technology aids inside the vehicle allow the officer to stay in communication and control at the same time with hands free features and many high end safety alerts to help the officer remain away of the surrounding areas while on patrol.
With the 2016 Police Interceptor Utility Vehicle coming into nearly eighty markets worldwide, the citizens of that area can feel much more safe and secure once these awesome machines arrive to support the law enforcement agencies. For those of us who would like to get a chance to drive one, the police can always use good help, but mostly we will have to wait until the few that remain are put up for auction in a few years.