Ford's F-150 police pickup packs 375 hp
- Author: Terrell Bush Jul 22, 2017,
Jul 22, 2017, 0:36
Ford is revealing the industry's first pursuit-rated pickup, the 2018 F-150 Police Responder, giving law enforcement agencies a more versatile and capable patrol vehicle.
There is no word about Ford offering a consumer version of this package.
Ford says this truck has the largest passenger volume, payload and towing capacity of any pursuit-rated police vehicle. Other enhancements include upgraded brake calipers and pad friction material, as well as an upgraded front-stabilizer bar for improved handling. Unveiled Thursday in Dearborn, Mich., the Responder gets 375 horsepower and 475 pounds-feet of torque from its 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the most offered by any pursuit-rated police vehicle, according to Ford.
Check out the very first pursuit-rated pickup truck designed for service duty in America.
With an all-terrain four-wheel drive system, Ford's latest law enforcement vehicle is ready to tackle all manner of road conditions.. It will be able to hold its own over any terrain thanks to underbody skid plates and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires. There's seating for five, while the cabin has been pared back. Inside there's a column shifter, no center seat and heavy-duty cloth for the seats - the front ones also boasting integrated steel plates to prevent stabbings. Meanwhile, the rear bench and flooring are covered in vinyl for easy clean-ups of unmentionable messes.
The new pickup is based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, and will be used in "off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments patrolled by sheriff's departments, border patrol operations and the Department of Natural Resources", said Stephen Tyler, Ford's police brand marketing manager.
A high-output 240-amp alternator helps power the onboard computer and other devices, as well as a police-calibrated speedometer and meters to track engine hours and idling time.
Ford isn't exactly new to non-traditional pursuit vehicles.
The 2018 F-150 Police Responder will go on sale in the spring of 2018.