• Bad Guys Look Out, the Cops Now Have EcoBoost in their Ford Explorer PPV

To date, the Ford Police Interceptor Utility — AKA an Explorer with a badge — is the only one of the Ford Interceptors that is not available with the powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. This leaves it with the either 3.7-liter V-6 powerplant that it borrows from the Mustang or the base 3.5-liter V-6. Though Ford does not disclose the output of these two engines, we assume the 3.7-liter produces — at the most — the stock 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque that it does beneath the Mustang’s hood, whereas the 3.5-liter V-6 likely stays home at 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque.

Well, apparently Ford has fielded enough calls asking for some added power, so it has just announced that the now-legendary 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine will soon be an option on the Interceptor Utility with all-wheel drive. The police-spec 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, will produce the same 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque that you’d find in the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport.

In independent testing, this engine launched the Explorer Sport to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds — 2.4 seconds faster than the base 3.5-liter-equipped Explorer — and to 100 mph in 15.3 seconds. Needless to say, bad guys in fast cars had better be on the lookout for these deceptively quick SUVs

There is no release date for this option, but we’re pretty sure that police forces everywhere are lining up to snag one up.

Read more about the Ford Explorer Sport after the jump

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

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In 2013, the Ford Explorer Sport roared onto the scene boasting a twin-boosted 3.5-liter six-pot — a far cry from the Sport being the base Explorer of the 1990s. This beast pumps out 365 horsepower and twists with 350 pound-feet of force. Combined with the aggressive styling of the Sport model, the entire package was a marvel of the non-luxury-SUV realm.

Though Ford never officially revealed a 0-to-60 mph time for the Explorer Sport, plenty of outside testing from zealous journalists pegged it at under 6 seconds. This puts it between the Dodge Durango R/T’s 6.7-second run and the Jeep Cherokee SRT8’s 5.1-second run to 60 mph.

Press Release

HOT-SELLING FORD POLICE INTERCEPTOR UTILITY VEHICLE NOW OFFERS 365-HORSEPOWER ECOBOOST ENGINE

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- *Ford adds 3.5-liter EcoBoost® utility vehicle model to Police Interceptor lineup to provide best-in-class horsepower and torque for police agencies
- *Since launch of the new Ford Police Interceptor products in 2012, the utility model accounts for half of the company’s police vehicle sales

Ford today announced police agencies will soon be able to order a Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle with the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6.

The engine, which delivers 350 lb.-ft. of torque, has been available in a variety of Ford vehicles, including the Police Interceptor sedan, and is the choice for more than 40 percent of Ford 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.”

Agencies often need to outfit vehicles with an increasing amount of equipment, but still require first-responder, pursuit-capable performance and handling; the new Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle is designed to meet these requirements.

“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 Police Interceptor utility has received very positive feedback from law enforcement agencies, including the performance of the standard 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, which delivers 304 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque, said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for Police Interceptor.

Gubing cited recently released results of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department testing and evaluation of 2013 model year vehicles, which show Ford’s Police Interceptor utility vehicle swept all categories, including acceleration, braking, 32-lap high-speed and pursuit versus the Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with a 5.3-liter V8 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.

Lt. Charlie Powell, commander of fleet operations for Nevada Highway Patrol, said Ford “has made a good vehicle even more impressive” with the addition of the EcoBoost engine for the Police Interceptor utility vehicle. “This is good news,” he said. “We at Nevada Highway Patrol look forward to putting this platform in the field as soon as practical.”

Ford’s Police Interceptor engine strategy provides a V6 lineup that outperforms V8 engines of years past. The Police Interceptor sedan is available with three powertrain options – a 3.5-liter V6 with front-wheel drive, 3.7-liter V6 with all-wheel drive and the powerhouse 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with all-wheel drive – allowing police to choose the powerplant that best meets their patrol requirements.

For more information on Ford Police Interceptor, visit www.FordPoliceInterceptor.com.

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