Ford ups off-road patrol capability with 2018 F-150 police pickup

Staff
July 26, 2017
By Staff
The new pickup features a 5-1/2-foot box for cargo. A Class IV trailer hitch is standard, with a trailer tow package available.
The new pickup features a 5-1/2-foot box for cargo. A Class IV trailer hitch is standard, with a trailer tow package available. Photos: Ford.
Ford is revealing what it’s calling “the industry’s first pursuit-rated pickup,” the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, capable of speeds up to 100 mph.

The Responder features a 145-inch wheelbase, 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and Ford SelectShift 10-speed transmission, plus four-wheel drive for all-terrain police performance and underbody skid plates, according to Ford. The truck offers 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque – “more than any other pursuit-rated police vehicle,” the company adds.

“Ford’s 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the perfect all-terrain law enforcement vehicle,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police brand marketing manager. “Aside from its industry-first on-road pursuit capability, this purpose-built pickup can comfortably seat five, while providing capability in off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments patrolled by sheriff’s departments, border patrol operations and the Department of Natural Resources.”

Ford says additional F-150 Police Responder performance enhancements include a police-calibrated brake system with upgraded calipers and pad friction material, upgraded front-stabilizer bar for improved braking and handling and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires. An upfit-ready interior features a column shifter with centre-seat delete, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating and heavy-duty vinyl flooring for easy cleanup, Ford adds.

A high-output 240-amp alternator is also included to support on-board electrical devices, along with a police-calibrated speedometer and engine hour and engine idle hour meters.

Production will start in Spring 2018 with deliveries in Summer 2018.

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