Ford F-150 becomes the first pursuit-rated pickup truck for police

F-150 Police Responder

Ford Motor Co.is introducing what it calls the industry's first pursuit-rated gasoline-electric hybrid police vehicle that more than doubles the fuel economy of the current Ford police.

Since it's a police vehicle after all, the F-150 Police Responder includes a handful of upgrades under the skin.

Ford has revealed the first pickup truck specially designed for police use. Other enhancements include upgraded brake calipers and pad friction material, as well as an upgraded front-stabilizer bar for improved handling.

Underbody skid plates protect the truck from kerbs and rough terrain. It will reach a top speed of 100 miles per hour and has towing capacity of 7,000 pounds and 132 cubic feet of interior space - more than any other police vehicle. The engine delivers 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, managed by a ten-speed automatic, and four-wheel drive comes standard. Ford fits a class IV hitch to the back, for 7,000 pounds of towing ability.

F-150 Police Responder

The five-seat pickup joins the Taurus-based Police Interceptor sedan, the Explorer-based Police Interceptor utility and the Fusion-based Police Responder hybrid, unveiled earlier this year. The basics are a column shifter, heavy-duty cloth for the front seats - along with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates - and vinyl for the rear seats. Meanwhile, the rear bench and flooring are covered in vinyl for easy clean-ups of unmentionable messes.

Crooks beware: Ford has revealed its first "pursuit-rated" pick-up and it could be just the thing for patrolling U.S. president Donald Trump's new Mexican border wall.

The 2018 F-150 Police Responder will go on sale in the spring of 2018. Still, it's for very different purposes.

The new pickup is based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, and will be used in "off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments patrolled by sheriff's departments, border patrol operations and the Department of Natural Resources", said Stephen Tyler, Ford's police brand marketing manager.




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