For decades, Ford has been faithfully dedicated to serving law enforcement agencies across the country. There are still many of us who double check our speed whenever we see an old Crown Victoria in our rearview mirrors.
While the Crown Victoria is no longer in production, Ford has been providing agencies with its lineup of Police Interceptor vehicles. For the 2020 model year, police departments and other agencies will be able to get a new, more efficient and powerful Police Interceptor Utility.
This crime-fighting SUV is based on the 2020 Ford Explorer. It will come standard with a hybrid all-wheel drive powertrain, which is designed to help police departments save money on fuel, while still giving them the power they need.
“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.”
Ford estimates that, when compared to the outgoing Interceptor Utility model, agencies will be able to save up to $5,700 each year, per vehicle. The Interceptor Utility delivers an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city, while still being pursuit-rated. In fact, in Michigan State Police tests, it achieved a faster lap time, 0-100 mph time, and 0-60 mph time than the outgoing model.
While you won’t be able to pick up a Police Interceptor Utility, you can test drive an Explorer at North Brothers Ford.