Ford announced today that police agencies will be able to order the Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6, capable of 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. This engine is now available in a few Ford vehicles such as the Police Interceptor sedan, and is the choice for more than 40 percent of F-150 truck buyers.
"We continue to look at ways we can offer our customers additional product enhancements to further meet their unique needs,” said Gerry Koss, Ford fleet marketing manager. “Our Police Advisory Board and customers across the country identified the EcoBoost engine as their No. 1 want in the Police Interceptor utility vehicle.”
Police Agencies are often increasing the amount of equipment needed in their vehicles, but they still need that first-responder handling and performance capable of hot pursuit. The Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle is built and designed to meet these needs.
"With the Police Interceptor utility vehicle representing half of our police orders, it is evident our two-vehicle strategy was on target,” said Koss. “Our engineering team designed this vehicle specifically for the police market.”
The feedback from law enforcement has been positive including the current use of the 3.7L Ti-VCT V-6 engine, which generates 304 hp and 279 lb-ft or torque, according to Bill Gubing, chief engineer for Police Interceptor.
Gubring released results of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department regarding the 2013 model year vehicles, which showed that Ford’s Police Interceptor Police utility vehicle came out on top in all categories such as acceleration, braking, 32-lap high-speed and pursuit against the Chevrolet Tahoe sporting a 5.3L V-8 engine.
"The 3.5-liter EcoBoost will offer best-in-class performance and top-notch fuel economy,” said Gubing. “That means law enforcement agencies that require this level of capability won’t have to compromise.
"It also complements our strategy of offering a choice of either sedan or utility vehicle based on a common platform, and sharing a large amount of common components, including powertrains, brakes, wheels/tires, seats and maintenance items,” Gubing added.
Commander of fleet operations for the Nevada Highway Patrol, Lt. Charlie Powell, said that Ford “has made a good vehicle even more impressive” and added that the new EcoBoost for the Police Interceptor utility vehicle is “good news.” He went on to say that “We at Nevada Highway Patrol look forward to putting this platform in the field as soon as practical.”
The engine strategy in Ford’s V-6 lineup offered in the Police Interceptors outperforms the V-8 engines in years past. The Police Interceptor sedan is available in three powertrain options giving agencies the choice of what would better fit their needs. The options include a 3.5L V-6 with front wheel drive, 3.7L V-6 with all-wheel-drive and last but not least, the 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 engine with all-wheel drive.