When most people think about police cars, they think about Ford vehicles, as the Detroit automaker’s sedans have been the mainstay of police forces throughout the country for decades. Police automotive needs go beyond what cars can provide, sometimes, which is why Ford also produces trucks and SUVs designed specifically for police work.
Ford has updated its F-150 and Expedition Special Service Vehicles used by law enforcement agencies. The new designs offer a host of new options that make them ideal for the cargo and passenger capacity needs of police forces.
The new Ford Expedition SSV has been redesigned from the ground up, with a variety of new features. The new vehicle has a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle is made of all-new high-strength aluminum alloy.
To meet the electrical demands that police vehicles sometimes face, the Expedition SSV comes equipped with an improved 240-amp alternator, which better handles the long idling times police cars sometimes experience. The Expedition SSV also makes its cabin more customizable to suit police needs and makes a nod to the practicalities of police work by making the rear seats and floor all-vinyl for easy clean-up.
The newly redesigned F-150 Special Service Vehicle is more durable and better equipped to handle police needs for a vehicle capable of hauling cargo and equipment. Agencies can choose either a 3.5-liter EcoBoost or 5.0-liter V8 engine for the vehicle.
The new Ford F-150 police vehicle has enhanced towing capacity, making it more helpful for police in rural areas where towing power is a must to help stranded motorists. The vehicle also has considerable off-road capability, again making it more helpful for departments in rural areas. Like the Expedition, the F-150 also has an enhanced alternator to help it better cope with power demands and long idling times.
Ford vehicles are the most popular police vehicles in the country. The Ford Police Interceptor Utility, a Ford Explorer reconfigured for police work, was the most popular police vehicle, in terms of sales, in 2014. In fact, in 2014, the Police Interceptor Utility and Ford Taurus held about 61 percent of the law enforcement vehicle market.
For generations, Ford Crown Victorias were the police cars favored by departments throughout the country. Ford discontinued the brand in 2011 and promoted the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor and Police Interceptor Utility to replace the Crown Victoria. Many industry experts believed Ford would lose market share in the law enforcement segment by discontinuing the Crown Victoria, but the Taurus and Explorer vehicles have sold well.
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