Not that the U.S. is turning into a police state or anything, but the sales of Police cars has been on a constant rise in recent years. Car makers have found this a very lucrative market and they are trying desperately to outdone the competition with new and diverse models. The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is the latest of the bunch and it is a rather unique product.
The Interceptor Utility is based on the latest Ford Explorer, so it is spacious and has decent off-road capabilities. But it looks a lot more menacing than the Explorer, not just because of the Police livery and the lights bar, but also because of the equipment fitted to it.
The Ford Police Interceptor Utility features what they call the ‘Surveillance Mode’ technology. It warns the driver when someone approaches the rear of the vehicle, and upon detecting a potential intruder it automatically locks the doors and raises the windows. There is also a ‘Pursuit Mode’ built into the transmission optimized for aggressive driving and, kid you not, doing J-turns. We want that in out car!
Other, less paranoid, features of the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility include a liftgate release switch, rear camera with washer, and a choice of two engines, including a 3.7-liter V6 producing 304 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque, and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 makes 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Needless to say, all-wheel-drive is standard, and it’s calibrated for low-speed traction and high-speed handling and stability.