Ford has introduced a hybrid version of its Police Interceptor Utility as the industry's first pursuit-rated hybrid SUV, with improved pursuit performance and standard all-wheel drive. The new vehicle is a response to calls from law enforcement agencies for improved performance with lower operating costs.
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% improvement over the current 3.7L V-6. Ford will continue to offer the gasoline-powered model.
Anticipated fuel economy gains, combined with expected fuel savings from reduced engine idling time, are expected to help save law enforcement agencies an estimated $3,200 per vehicle in yearly fuel bills versus the current Police Interceptor Utility.
The all-new Ford Police Interceptor Utility hybrid is also projected to accelerate faster and achieve a higher top speed.
The new vehicle reflects Ford’s plan to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or both versions for every new utility in North America.
The hybrid-powered Police Interceptor Utility also reduces engine idling time to save fuel when the vehicle is stationary. The hybrid can power electrical loads from lights, computers, radios, and other equipment using its lithium-ion hybrid battery, allowing the gasoline engine to shut off and intermittently run to charge the battery.
Its hybrid batteries are placed inside the vehicle so they do not compromise passenger or cargo space.
The vehicle is calibrated for law enforcement’s unique duty cycle. It automatically switches to maximum performance — with the engine and battery working at peak acceleration levels — when needed.
In addition to improved performance and no trade-offs in utility, cargo, and passenger space, the Police Interceptor Utility features exclusive 75-mph rear impact protection for safety.
The new Police Interceptor Utility offers standard Ford modem with two-year complimentary Ford Telematics service; available all-new Police Perimeter Alert, which enhances the previous Surveillance Mode; available Rear Camera on Demand; and available Class 3 trailer tow package for towing up to 5,000 lbs.
The vehicle will be built at Ford Chicago Assembly plant and upfitted at Ford’s Chicago Modification Center. It goes on sale next summer.
Ford will continue to offer the AWD gasoline version of the PI Utility, which makes up 65% of the total U.S. police vehicle market.
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Originally posted on Government Fleet
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