Chasing down baddies isn’t necessarily all straight-line pursuits and foot races through back allies. In a job as diverse and demanding as policing, sometimes it requires something a bit more … capable. For that, Ford will happily sell your local precinct an Explorer that’s been outfitted for duty, and if that still isn’t enough, well, Ford now has an F-150 with [insert local police chief’s name] on it.
With the exception of the lightbar and decals, the Police-rated F-150 doesn’t look a whole lot different from the civilian version. But beneath the (sort of) unassuming exterior, Ford loaded it up with law enforcement-specific goodies. Available for both SuperCrew and SuperCab configurations, Ford added a high-output alternator to help meet power demands, easy-clean rear vinyl bench seating and flooring, and a deleted center console unit for “custom equipment placement.”
“Many officers need the extra space F-150 Special Service Vehicle offers,” Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager said in a press statement. “They can load the cargo box with equipment and still fit five people inside. Its utility is unmatched.”
Precincts can opt for the F-150 in a 4×4 or 4×2 layout, and choose from the 5.0-liter V8 or 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. In civilian duty, the V8 produces a stout 385 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque; the EcoBoost six makes 365 horsepower, but 420 pound-feet of torque. There’s no indication that these figures will change for the Special Service Vehicle specification.
“We offer a whole family of police vehicles,” said Arie Groeneveld, Ford chief program engineer for police vehicles. “Our lineup aims to fulfill the unique needs of law enforcement officers, and our F-150 Special Service Vehicle is an extension of that offering. This vehicle definitely lives up to its Built Ford Tough reputation.”
The F-150 Special Service Vehicle will join the fray alongside Chevrolet’s similar outfit for it’s Silverado, which offers similar configurability and features, like the heavy-duty alternators. The F-150 joins the Expedition Special Service Vehicle, Special Service Police Sedan, Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle, Police Interceptor Sedan (Taurus), and Police Interceptor Utility (Explorer) in its law enforcement portfolio.
Despite the lengthy product sheet, Fox notes that Ford recently moved to secure trademarks for the term “Police Responder,” so it’s likely that there will be more dedicated police service vehicles in the Blue Oval’s pipeline.