Ford’s F-150 police pickup packs 375 hp

on Jul21

The 2018 F-150 Police Responder will be available in the spring of 2018. Photo credit: FORD

DETROIT — Seeking to add to its dominant police vehicle market share, Ford Motor Co. on Thursday unveiled the industry’s first pursuit-rated pickup.

The 2018 F-150 police responder produces 375 hp and 470 pounds-feet of torque from a 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine paired with a 10-speed transmission. It will reach a top speed of 100 mph and has towing capacity of 7,000 pounds and 132 cubic feet of interior space — more than any other police vehicle.

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 automaker also offers non-pursuit-rated Transit-based prisoner transport vehicles and F-150 and Expedition-based special service vehicles.

Photo credit: FORD

Ford has said it will add a second hybrid police vehicle, although it’s unclear on which vehicle it will be based.

“Ford’s 2018 F-150 police responder is the perfect all-terrain law enforcement vehicle,” Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police brand marketing manager, said. He said the pickup will likely be used by sheriff’s offices and border patrol in off-road situations.

Ford officials declined to discuss volume projections.

The Blue Oval controls 63 percent of the U.S. police market, and has sold vehicles to law enforcement since 1920 when the Model T was used to catch bad guys.

The F-150 Police Responder includes a number of interior features, including a column shifter, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating and heavy-duty vinyl flooring.

The 2018 F-150 Police Responder will go on sale in the spring of 2018.

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