Government Fleet Top News

Ford Unveils 2018 F-150 and Expedition Special Service Vehicles

April 6, 2017

Photo of 2018 F-150 SSV courtesy of Ford
Photo of 2018 F-150 SSV courtesy of Ford

For its law enforcement, government, and fleet customers, Ford has unveiled the 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle and all-new 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle. Both models feature high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies, vinyl seats, and 10-speed column-mounted shifters.

The 2018 F-150 SSV features a segment-exclusive combination of advanced materials that are durable and inhibit corrosion, technologies that improve productivity, efficiency and driver confidence, plus the best towing capability of any F-150, according to the company.

The all-new 2018 Expedition SSV is highly adaptable, providing fleets with space, connectivity, and smart technology for their specialized applications.

Both vehicles have updated powertrains, including a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost or newly upgraded 5.0-liter V8 for F-150, paired to a segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic. The Ford-built transmission delivers improved acceleration and performance over previous six-speed automatics. Expedition is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Both vehicles add Auto Start-Stop for greater fuel efficiency. On Expedition SSV, a 3.73 rear differential is now an electronic limited-slip differential.

Photo of 2018 Expedition SSV courtesy of Ford
Photo of 2018 Expedition SSV courtesy of Ford

A high-output 240-amp alternator replaces the stock unit to accommodate for extended idle times and meet the demands for additional on-board electrical power in both vehicles.

Standard 40/20/40 seats are replaced with 40/blank/40 seats, with the center section deleted to create more space for customization. Because law enforcement, government and fleet work can be messy, a vinyl bench in place of the rear seat aids in quick cleanup, while easy-to-clean vinyl flooring replaces carpeting.

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly looking to vehicles beyond the traditional sedan for specialized duty.

“While our Police Interceptor Utility remains the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the country by a large margin, some agencies need to haul five people with higher equipment-carrying capacity, or off-road capabilities are required,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager, in a statement. “That’s where the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV come in.”

F-150 SSV provides a selection of configurations so fleets can pick what best suits their needs. Available in XL trim for F-150 SuperCrew or SuperCab configuration, customers can opt for either a 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain. 

Comment On This Story

Name:  
Email:  
Comment: (Maximum 10000 characters)  
Leave this field empty:
* Please note that every comment is moderated.

FleetFAQ

Public Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Amin Amini from Verizon will answer your questions and challenges

View All

Recent Topics

We are planning on installing CO sensors in our FORD SUV Interceptor. Looking for choices as to what seem to work best.

View Topic

I am in the early stages of creating a central fleet maintenance department. Would anyone be willing to share an org chart for their...

View Topic

Fleet Documents

974 Fleet Documents (and counting) to Download!

Sponsored by

N. Bud Grossman, co-founder of General Leasing Company (later named Gelco) and past president of the American Automotive Leasing Association (AALA)

Read more