Ford makes it harder to spot the Fuzz

Next time you’re burning rubber in your Mustang GT350, just remember each unsuspecting Ford Explorer could be an undercover police cruiser. That’s thanks to Ford’s new “No Profile” light bar package the automaker is now offering as a factory option for the Police Interceptor Utility.

The new light bar mounts inside the vehicle, just above the rearview mirror on the front windshield. It’s incorporated into the headliner for a seamless look. Its thin profile keeps the windshield clear, unlike most aftermarket windshield light bars. When turned on, the light bar flashes in an alternating pattern. It can also be programmed to flash in a red/red or blue/ blue pattern.

What’s more, the light bar features a bight white mode for “take down” and “scene” operations. In other words, it basically acts like an aftermarket LED light bar to throw extra light forward. The white light can be adjusted from full intensity down to 20 percent, along with an auto-dimming function, as well.

The light bar, technically called the interior visor light, is available on the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility as a factory option.

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Ford Launches “No Profile” Light Bar for the Police Interceptor Utility
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Many though Ford was giving up its monopoly on the police industry when it killed the Crown Victory in 2011. However, the automaker has replaced the old-school cruiser with two vehicles based on the civilian Taurus and Explorer. Things like this interior visor light bar help point out how much Ford caterers to the police industry. In fact, the light bar comes on the heels of a ballistics panels options Ford offers for both the sedan and SUV cruiser. These are just the latest in a long line of factory accessories Ford is now offering.

What’s all this mean? Well, Ford is now competing with the aftermarket up-fit companies that are known for adding lights, sirens, and graphics to police cars. It’s likely Ford can under cut the pricing of these third-party up-fitters as well. Beyond that, the equipment is installed seamlessly at the factory and is covered under the vehicle’s warranty.

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

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Read our full review on the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility here.

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Lawbreakers will now have a more difficult time recognizing the profile of the best-selling police vehicle in their rearview mirrors.

Ford Launches “No Profile” Light Bar for the Police Interceptor Utility
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Ford announced today it will offer a new, factory-installed front interior visor light bar that provides a stealth appearance for police agency patrol vehicles.

“Today, agencies typically use aftermarket interior visor light bars that are somewhat bulky and can obstruct the field of vision – especially for taller officers,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager for North American fleet, lease and remarketing operations. “This extremely low-profile unit is fully integrated where the headliner and top of the windshield meet, for tremendously improved driver visibility versus aftermarket alternatives.”

Another advantage of the new interior visor light is that the dark shade band at the top of the windshield is replaced by clear glass when the light is ordered, providing superior color visibility and brightness.

The light comes with a limited warranty and maintains the spacious interior feel that many agencies love about the newest generation of Ford Police Interceptor. When activated, it flashes bright – alternating red and blue bars through the top of the windshield. It can also be programmed for red/red or blue/blue operation.

The visor light features bright-white “take down” and “scene” capabilities for excellent forward visibility, and can be set up to meet California Title 13 regulations. It can be programmed from full intensity down to 20 percent, and provide auto-dimming capability as well.

Ford Launches “No Profile” Light Bar for the Police Interceptor Utility
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The interior visor light is available to order now on the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility.

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