2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Chicago Auto Show Debut
This year, in Detroit, Ford pulled the sheet off of a couple new performance vehicles, and although we’re not too sure if they will have any surprises similar to the Ford GT in Detroit, we do know of one model that will be making a debut at the Chicago Auto Show. It will not be one of the 12 performance vehicles that was promised, but even so, there is no arguing that the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is impressive.
Ford has long been one of the biggest providers of police fleet vehicles. For years, the Crown Victoria has been one of the best-selling fleet vehicles, with the Taurus model coming in a close second, but ever since the Explorer-based police cruiser went on sale three years ago, it has become one of the most common vehicles to be outfitted with a set of red and blue flashers. For that reason, Ford decided to update it a bit.
As we said, there have been previous generations of the Interceptor Utility patrolling the streets for a few years, and as the fleet Explorer has some experience on the force, Ford was able to take all of the issues of the past and correct them for the 2016 model year. In a sense, they were able to work out all of the kinks, and make the Police Interceptor Utility vehicle better than it has ever been in the past.
On the outside, there have been a few changes made to the front and rear bodywork and lights, and on the inside, a fresh interior includes a great deal of police-specific equipment such as utility belt-friendly seats as well as an interior dome light that can shine both white and red light to provide better vision at night.
One of the most RoboCop-like features making its way into the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility SUV is an optional surveillance system, which can detect people creeping up behind the vehicle. If it senses that someone is approaching from the rear, the passengers are notified and the windows are rolled up at the same time the doors are locked, helping to keep officers from experiencing otherwise avoidable danger.
To maximize performance, an all-wheel drive system will be standard equipment. Among the options will be a pair of engines that will provide a different set of capabilities. The standard duty engine will be a 3.7-liter V6, which will produce 304 horsepower. Forces that require a bit more force can get the optional 3.5-liter Turbo V6, which will deliver as much as 365 horsepower, making it ideal for high-speed pursuits.
If you are looking for more information on the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, be sure to check back here on the Matt Ford blog after the Chicago Auto Show, as we will likely know more about what it will contain, and should be able to provide you with more pictures of the fleet vehicle. You can also wait until this summer, when the automaker expects to have them joining Police forces all throughout the nation.
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