Ford has revealed the 2016 Police Interceptor Utility which is based on the recently facelifted Explorer. Aside from the visual tweaks, the model has also been fitted with Surveillance Mode technology that will automatically raise the driver’s window and close all doors whenever someone approaches the car and it will also alert the driver immediately. It also boasts a liftgate release switch that can be accessed by those sitting on the front seats to enable the tailgate’s mechanism to remain unlocked for 45 seconds prior to timing out, thus giving the officers the possibility to access the trunk.
From now on, the cars equipped with the 4-inch screen will come fitted as standard with a rear view camera benefiting from a washer. It should be mentioned that the camera’s view can also be displayed on the rearview mirror.
Ford will sell the 2016 Police Interceptor Utility with a 3.7-liter V6 engine developing 304 bhp (227 kW) and 378 Nm (279 lb-ft) or with a more powerful EcoBoost 3.5-liter V6 rated at 365 bhp (272 kW) and 474 Nm (350 lb-ft). Both engines work with a six-speed automatic transmission channeling power to an all-wheel drive system. The transmission now has a Pursuit Mode which is automatically activated whenever it senses the car is in pursuit and it will optimize the upshift & downshift performance and after the pursuit is over it will return to its normal fuel-saving mode.