Most new cars that debut at auto shows are vehicles you immediately want to sit in and take out for a drive. However, Ford brought something to the Chicago Auto Show, which could cause you to run away rather than climb inside—it’s a new Ford Police Interceptor.
This is an updated version of the popular Explorer-based police vehicle. It’s powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 304 horsepower and 279 lb-ft of torque (although an optional 365-hp EcoBoost V6 is also available). The police vehicle also comes with standard all-wheel drive, and improved handling thanks to an enhanced underbody structure.
With the introduction of the Explorer-based Interceptor, Ford has reclaimed a lot of its police business, which lagged after the Crown Victoria went out of production. Law enforcement agencies appreciate the space and capabilities offered by a larger SUV, but still have the option of a Taurus-based sedan if they want.
Ford has introduced a lot of new technology specifically for its law enforcement clientele, including something called Surveillance Mode, which uses the car’s backup camera to detect when someone is approaching the vehicle from the rear, and then locks all the doors and flashes the lights to keep officers safe.
Look out for these vehicles in your rearview mirror later this year!