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Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle now offers 365 hp EcoBoost engine

Ford is introducing a Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle with the 365-horsepower (272 kW) 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. The engine, which delivers 350 lb-ft (475 N·m) of torque, has been available in a variety of Ford vehicles, including the Police Interceptor sedan, and is the choice for more than 40% of Ford F-150 truck buyers.

Agencies often need to outfit vehicles with an increasing amount of equipment, but still require first-responder, pursuit-capable performance and handling; the new Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicle is designed to meet these requirements.

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For this model year, the Police Interceptor Utility (based on the Explorer) is 68% of sales of total Police Interceptor sales; Ford had anticipated it being about 30%. Since introduction, it has been about half and half utility and sedan.

With the Police Interceptor utility vehicle representing half of our police orders, it is evident our two-vehicle strategy was on target. Our engineering team designed this vehicle specifically for the police market.

— Gerry Koss, Ford fleet marketing manager

The Police Interceptor utility has received very positive feedback from law enforcement agencies, including the performance of the standard 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine, which delivers 304 hp (227 kW) and 279 lb-ft (378 N·m) of torque, said Bill Gubing, chief engineer for Police Interceptor.

Gubing cited recently released results of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department testing and evaluation of 2013 model year vehicles, which show Ford’s Police Interceptor utility vehicle swept all categories, including acceleration, braking, 32-lap high-speed and pursuit versus the Chevrolet Tahoe equipped with a 5.3-liter V8 engine.

(Ford has set up a Police Interceptor website, encouraging agencies to upload photos of their Interceptors.)

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