The 2020 Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle is designed to be more fuel-efficient and safer for police forces who use it.
With the new Ford Police Interceptor hybrid sport utility vehicle, Ford is adding a seventh model to a lineup that already includes the Ford Expedition SSV and five other models designed for police work.
Ford has dominated police vehicle sales in Canada over the years, accounting for 74 percent of units sold to law enforcement agencies in 2017.
The Ford Police Interceptor will be powered by a 3.3-liter hybrid engine that provides faster accelerations than the outgoing model that featured a 3.7-liter six-cylinder engine. It also gets to 160 km/h (100 mph) 4.7 seconds faster than the previous engine and is faster around a track by more than 2.0 seconds.
The Interceptor’s platform was built around the lithium-ion battery meaning that there’s no loss of cargo space or other functionality because of the hybrid powertrain.
“Our Police Interceptor Utility’s standard hybrid powertrain provides the potential for significant fuel savings with improved performance and no tradeoffs in safety or interior passenger or cargo space,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “It’s a win-win-win formula for law enforcement.”
The Interceptor can also be ordered with a 3.3-liter V6 or a 3.0-liter EcoBoost. All engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic gearbox.
In terms of safety, the new Ford Police Interceptor gets what Ford calls Police Parameter Alert. Using sensors to monitor a 270-degree area around the vehicle, PPA can detect threatening behavior and subsequently warn the officer inside the vehicle, roll up the windows, lock the doors, and turn on the rear camera.
The front seats get added bolstering for better comfort while the rear seats and carpets are vinyl for easy cleanup.