Ford is number one in the US when it comes to police cars. Now the manufacturer presents the new edition of the 2019 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor. The new model will make the profession of policeman safer and save taxpayer money.
The American police are very loyal Ford customers. According to the automaker, nearly two-thirds of Ford’s police cars sold in the US in 2017 were from Ford. The backbone of the Blue Light range is the Police Interceptor, whose new generation – the 2020 model year – will hit the market in 2019. It’s based on the new Explorer, which will probably debut shortly at the Detroit Motor Show.
2019 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Specs
Ford offers three engine options for the police SUV, all coupled to a ten-speed automatic transmission. Optionally, a three-liter turbo V6 and a 3.3-liter V6 petrol engine are available. Standard is a hybrid drive consisting of a 3.3-liter V6 and a lithium-ion battery. The hybrid interceptor should not be faster than the normal gasoline-powered emergency vehicles, which has already extensively tested several US police units. He should also save the taxpayer money because it uses less fuel.
And especially if the car is indeed in operations, but not moving. So far, the internal combustion engine then had to keep running, after all the lighting system, radio, computer and the other electronic equipment had to remain in operation. All this is now powered by the lithium-ion battery, so the engine can stay off longer. Overall, Ford calls an under-consumption of 41 percent over the previous model with a 3.7-liter gasoline engine, which is why each car should save $ 3,500 to $ 5,700 per year in fuel costs.
Ford promises that the hybrid powertrain will not be at the expense of practicality. Since the Police Interceptor was developed around the battery, there should be no compromise in terms of space and trunk volume. Both should even be above the values of the predecessor model.
Otherwise, Ford’s main concern was to protect the police in the best possible way. For example, with the Police Perimeter Alert. Sensors monitor the environment of the car and take action when they detect a threat. The system turns on the reversing camera, sounds the siren and closes the windows and doors. The backs of the front seats are equipped with plates, so that can not be punched out of the rear. In addition, the Police Interceptor should be particularly crash-proof.
Ford Explorer Police Interceptor four-wheel drive
In addition, there are electronic assistance systems such as the emergency brake assist with collision warning including pedestrian detection. Permanent four-wheel drive is on board as well as various driving modes, which include a snow and sand vote. The cooling system is particularly efficient, the braking system is enhanced and the wheels are designed to withstand hard chases. And if it goes through damp areas: The fording depth at 24 km/h is just under 46 centimeters, at 64 km/h it is still about 25 centimeters.
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