Ahead of the Detroit auto show، Ford showed off something you might not want to see in your rearview mirror -- the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility. We’ve seen growing rumblings and leaks about this upcoming cruiser، and it looks like our speculations aren’t too far off. The 2020 Police Interceptor Pursuit will come standard with a hybrid all-wheel-drive system and is more potent than the outgoing model، as the Auto Week said
The standard powertrain for the 2020 Interceptor Utility is a 3.3-liter V6 mated to 10-speed automatic transmission. According to Ford، this combination bested the outgoing 3.7-liter powered model to 60 mph by 1.1 seconds and outperformed it to 100 mph by 4.7-seconds. If that’s not good enough، you can opt for more power from the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 -- which took top honors from the Michigan State Police after testing the competitive fleet of police utilities. There’s also a non-hybrid version of the 3.3-liter if you want to skip out on the high-tech drivetrain. That said، Ford claims the hybrid system could save taxpayers as much as $5،700 per car annually on fuel.
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Of course، there’s more to the new Police Interceptor Utility than just new engines. New technology like the Police Perimeter Alert that uses sensors to monitor about 270-degrees of the vehicle to warn officers of any possible threats from their blind spots and an on-demand rear view camera should keep officers safer from surprise attacks from perps. Ford is also making its suite of driver assist tech like pre-collision assist with emergency braking and Pedestrian Detection to help make everyone safer around the new Interceptor. Oh yeah، and don’t forget the anti-stab plates behind the front seats.
The new body shell meets Ford’s standard 75 mph rear-impact test -- a staggering 25 mph faster than the federal standard. That means the structure should help keep occupants safer in case of a collision. The new body could also be an early look at Ford’s upcoming Explorer replacement.
The bad news -- you won’t be able to buy one: at least، not anytime soon. You should start seeing these roll out onto roadways later this year. Hopefully، you don’t spot one in your rearview mirror.