You don’t want to see this police cruiser in your rear-view mirrors

Ford has released the Police Interceptor Utility, considered by the Michigan State Police as the fastest police car available for 2019. The new Interceptor is based on the yet-to-be-unveiled Explorer SUV. It replaces the outgoing Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility model and the Taurus-based Police Interceptor sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility is more than just a fast law enforcement vehicle; it’s also loaded with state-of-the-art technology the likes of which the production version of the new Explorer won’t have. That comes with the territory of being a cop car.

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Think it’s a good idea to run away from the new Ford Police Interceptor Utility? If you’re itching for a high-speed police chase with this SUV, there’s a good chance that you’re not going to win it.

According to the Michigan State Police’s annual in-depth testing of every police vehicle in the market today, the Ford Police Interceptor Utility is the one law enforcement vehicle you don’t want to tangle with. That’s because the MSP’s testing revealed that it’s the quickest police vehicle available for 2019.

According to the Michigan State Police’s data, a new Police Interceptor Utility that’s powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with all-wheel drive capability can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.77 seconds. For comparison’s sake, the next quickest police vehicle in the MSP’s test is the 5.7-liter V-8-powered Dodge Charger with all-wheel drive capability, which can hit 0 to 60 mph in 5.87 seconds.

The Ford Police Interceptor Utility’s acceleration time also holds sway up to 100 mph, where it beat out the competition in timed laps at the Michigan State Police’s test track. The MSP also tested versions of the Police Interceptor Utility that carried a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V-6 engine, as well as units that are powered by a hybrid powertrain. Neither version came close to topping the twin-turbocharged V-6 unit, and by the looks of it, unless you have a performance car at your disposal, you’re going to have a tough time getting rid of the Police Interceptor Utility when it’s chasing you in the streets of America.

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If anything, the MSP’s discovery paints a very promising picture of the upcoming 2020 Ford Explorer.

The SUV hasn’t hit the market yet, but if it accelerates as well as the MSP’s study says it does, it’s going to be interesting to see how the production model is going to perform when it hits the market. That’s especially true for the ST variant, which is looking like a can’t-miss trim level from where we’re standing at the moment.

All the same, the Ford Police Interceptor Utility is one police vehicle that you don’t want to mess with. If you do find yourselves in its crosshairs, we wish you nothing but good fortune. There’s a good chance that you’re going to need every ounce of luck you can get.

Further Reading

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility.

2018 Ford Explorer Sport High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Ford Explorer Sport.

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A sport utility from Ford is the best-selling cop car in America, and now it is the best accelerating and fastest police vehicle in America, according to preliminary test data from the Michigan State Police.

This year, Ford bested all entries, including V8-equipped sedans, with its EcoBoost®-powered all-wheel-drive version of the all-new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility, posting fastest 0-60 mph and 0-100 mph times, as well as fastest lap and fastest average lap.

The standard hybrid 2020 Police Interceptor Utility also beat all competitive SUV entries, including V8-equipped models, with the fastest 0-100 mph, fastest lap and fastest average lap – making good on Ford’s promise to deliver a hybrid Police Interceptor that outperforms today’s 3.7-liter V6 model with all-wheel drive.

Stephen Tyler, police brand marketing manager for Ford, says America’s law enforcement agencies previously have had to choose either fuel efficiency or all-out performance, but the new vehicle offers both. “The all-new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility offers significant potential fuel savings with no trade-offs in safety, passenger or cargo space – on top of bringing improved performance,” he said.

Communities to cash in on potential fuel savings
While fuel economy certification isn’t complete, the Police Interceptor Utility hybrid is expected to have a projected EPA-estimated combined label of at least 24 mpg – approximately 40 percent improvement over the current 3.7-liter V6. Actual mileage will vary. Final EPA-estimated ratings not yet available.

Anticipated fuel economy gains, combined with expected fuel savings from reduced engine idling time, are expected to help save law enforcement customers an estimated $3,500 per vehicle in yearly fuel bills versus the current Police Interceptor Utility.

If you applied these savings to every Ford Police Interceptor Utility sold in 2017, it would equate to more than $126 million at $2.93 a gallon, or more than 43 million gallons of fuel.

EcoBoost, hybrid one-two knockout to help fight crime
In addition to turning in the fastest times, the EcoBoost Police Interceptor Utility clocked in with the highest top speed – 150 mph in Michigan State Police evaluations, marking the first time an SUV was the overall quickest and fastest police vehicle. The hybrid version turned in a top speed of 137 mph, also besting competitive SUV entries, including those equipped with V8 engines.

Along with offering police agencies standard hybrid technology and standard all-wheel drive with no trade-offs in safety, passenger or cargo space, the all-new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility brings improved horsepower, torque, acceleration and top speed versus today’s 3.7-liter V6 model. Its quickness and top speed suggests a bright future for Ford performance hybrids.

Because law enforcement use entails extensive engine idling to power lighting, radios, computers and other on-board electrical equipment, a hybrid powertrain is ideal for police departments. The hybrid allows the gas engine to shut off, powering electrical equipment from its lithium-ion battery, with the gas engine running intermittently to charge the battery.

Ready to order
Sales of Ford Police Interceptor Utility have risen 5 percent in 2018, building on five straight years of sales growth.

The Police Interceptor Utility also adds more than $2,000 in now standard equipment for 2020. This includes a built-in Ford modem with two years of complimentary Ford Telematics service, Bluetooth pass-through voice commands to help officers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, LED high- and low-beam headlamps with integrated wig-wag capability, four programmable steering wheel switches, Class III trailer-tow bar for up to 5,000 pounds of towing capability and more.

The all-new 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is available to order now, with shipments to customers beginning summer 2019.

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Note: Pursuit ratings for police vehicles are determined by vehicle manufacturers; passing the vehicle dynamics test conducted in third-party evaluations by Michigan State Police is used by Ford for validation of its pursuit-rated claims. Pursuit-rated vehicles must complete the 32-lap vehicle dynamics testing in its entirety with no mechanical failures, no brake failures, and with functioning brakes and tires throughout the duration.

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