Ford unveils 2020 Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid
Ford has introduced the all-new Police Interceptor Utility, what it calls “the industry’s first pursuit-rated hybrid SUV.”
The hybrid responds to calls from law enforcement agencies for “improved performance with lower operating costs to help make the lives of law enforcement officers easier with improved pursuit performance and standard all-wheel drive,” Ford says. Its hybrid batteries are “specially placed inside the vehicle so they do not compromise passenger or cargo space.”
“We’re committed to electrifying vehicles for all customers, including law enforcement who need the high performance and low operating costs that Ford’s next-generation hybrids will excel at providing,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice-president of Product Development and Purchasing. “Standard all-wheel drive is important because crooks don’t stop when it rains.”
While fuel economy certification isn’t complete, the Police Interceptor Utility hybrid is expected to have a projected EPA-estimated combined label of at least 24 mpg – approximately 40 per cent improvement over the current 3.7-litre V6.
Anticipated fuel economy gains, combined with expected fuel savings from reduced engine idling time, are expected to help save law enforcement customers an estimated $3,200 (US) per vehicle in yearly fuel bills versus the current Police Interceptor Utility, Ford claims.
If you applied these savings to every Ford Police Interceptor Utility sold in 2017, it would equate to more than $126 million at $2.93 a gallon, or more than 43 million gallons of fuel.
The Police Interceptor Utility also features exclusive 75-mph rear impact protection for safety and the all-new Police Perimeter Alert, which enhances the previous Surveillance Mode by using the vehicle’s “Blind Spot Information System” that can monitor approximately 270-degrees of movement outside the vehicle, and analyze motion to determine potentially threatening behaviour.
The vehicle will be built at Ford Chicago Assembly plant and up-fitted at Ford’s Chicago Modification Center. It goes on sale next summer.