Ford to Update Police Interceptor Utility

February 03, 2015

Photo courtesy of Ford.
Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford will unveil a redesigned version of its Police Interceptor Utility at the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 12, Ford has announced.

The vehicle is expected to be based on the 2016 Explorer that debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Ford updated its mid-size SUV by giving it a more rugged look and adding a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to replace the former base 2.0-liter engine.

The vehicle will arrive at a time when many law enforcement agencies have shifted to an SUV from a sedan for patrol duties. The Police Interceptor Utility has become America's top-selling patrol vehicle, taking a distinction once held by Ford's Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.

Ford first introduced the pursuit-rated SUV in September of 2010, following the introuction of the Police Interceptor sedan in March of that year.

Comments

  1. 1. Chief David A. Maine [ February 04, 2015 @ 10:36AM ]

    Yeah, sure, why not. That way the cages, push bumpers, consoles and other equipment we have to buy for these cars won't fit in the new models, and we'll be forced to buy all new equipment, raising the price of the car by another third. It's ridiculous. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  2. 2. Desperado [ March 16, 2015 @ 03:30PM ]

    Good point Chief...but its the taxpayer who foots the bill on all the stuff . I don't see where law enforcement needs all SUV fleets or the big push to convert over. Why do law enforcement need to have that many SUV's ? It makes you wonder. Is it due to a paramilitary law enforcement we now have and that the ol crown Vic won't haul all the military weapons and body armor they want to carry .

  3. 3. silager [ March 30, 2015 @ 12:12PM ]

    The crowns hold on our weapons and body armor fine. The interior of the suv has a lot more room and cost pretty much the same as the others. Some agencies don't like the chargers because people complain about us having sports cars, some complain about the awd ford interceptors and the COST of repairs and maintainance (all wheel drive). The caprices are pretty new and still coming out but most people say they look like the old potiac g8 (sports car). So now we start getting soccer mom's vehicles like suvs' and you still cry....................Oh and by the way ford don't make the "old crown vics" anymore.

  4. 4. Nicpolsta [ May 24, 2015 @ 11:24PM ]

    At least the USA have specially made vehicles for policing. We are still converting standard sedans, utilities, vans and SUV's into police vehicles. If only a manfucaturer would come aboard and work with Australian Law Enforcement so we could get vehicles like the Interceptor. Apparently our market is not big enlough to warrant such action, One day.....

 

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