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Red & Blue-By-You: 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility
From a consumer perspective,it gives us a glimpse at what will surely be the next Ford Explorer.
Not every car manufacturer can say that part of their fleet includes a section touting its “crimefighting power”. Ford can, thanks to its armada of pursuit-rated vehicles. For 2020, their lineup gets even stronger.
Already accounting for two-thirds of police vehicle sales in Canada, Ford feels this new Police Interceptor Utility will be just the ticket to build upon that dominance. Achieving the holy grail of being quicker and more fuel efficient, Canadian drivers should get used to seeing these headlights in their rear-view mirror.
The 2020 Police Interceptor Utility deploys a hybrid powertrain as standard equipment, pairing a hybrid 3.3L V6 engine with all-wheel drive. On-board electrical equipment, of which there is plenty in a cop car, can be powered using the hybrid’s lithium-ion hybrid battery. This permits the gasoline engine to be shut off when it would normally be idling, further saving fuel.
In fact, Ford has a projected EnerGuide-estimated fuel economy rating of just 9.8L/100km, a 41 percent improvement over the current Police Interceptor Utility equipped with a 3.7-litre gas engine. Projections indicate this pursuit-rated hybrid will save as much as $5,900 per vehicle annually in fuel costs versus the old rig.
If those savings were applied to every Police Interceptor Utility sold in 2017, it would equate to more than 6.5 million litres of fuel. That’s a lot of money put back into the taxpayer coffers. Fleet managers can take a crack estimating their own potential savings using a calculator on Ford’s website.
In addition to the hybrid powertrain, fleet purchasing agents will also be able to select a gasoline-only 3.0L EcoBoost V6 or direct-injection 3.3L V6.
From a consumer perspective, the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility is important because it gives us a glimpse at what will surely be the next Ford Explorer. Parsing the pursuit lights and other cop addenda, it is easy to get a picture of what’s in store for the Blue Oval’s popular family SUV.
Reading between the lines, this pursuit-rated machine is virtually the same length (198.8 inches) as the current Explorer but rides on a wheelbase stretching over half a foot longer (112.8 inches vs 119.1 inches). Assuming the 2020 Explorer will share these new dimensions, this portends well for the Blue Oval family hauler to offer more interior room when it goes on sale to the public later this year. Cargo volume behind the second-row grows significantly as well, up to 52.0 cubic feet from 43.9, a large jump in practicality.
Look for these rigs on the road later this year.
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