2020 Ford Explorer Teased As New Police Hybrid Interceptor Utility

Ford revealed today the all-new Police Interceptor Utility, which happens to be based on the next-generation 2020 Explorer. Ford names it the 2020 Police Interceptor, but if you look pass the lights and decals, you can easily spot the new Explorer that rides on a new platform.

It’s expected to arrive next year as a 2020 model featuring a longitudinal engine driving the rear wheels, with the option of all-wheel drive. Available powertrains will likely include 2.3-liter turbo four, a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with around 400 horsepower for the newly developed ST performance variant.

Back to the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor

The pursuit version of the 2020 Explorer aims to offer improved performance and lower fuel costs thanks to its hybrid powertrain.

The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility is actually the industry’s first pursuit-rated hybrid SUV, with Ford claiming an estimated saving of $3,200 per vehicle on a yearly basis when compared to today’s non-hybrid model.

Ford estimates that the new Police Interceptor Utility will get a projected EPA rating of at least 24 mpg combined, representing a 40 percent improvement over the current 3.7-liter V6. Fuel savings are also expected to come from reduced engine idling time.

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Law-enforcement officers will also get better acceleration and a higher top speed with the new hybrid Ford Police Interceptor Utility. The lithium-ion battery pack is capable of powering the vehicle’s demanding systems, such as lights, computers, radios and other equipment.

Ford says that the hybrid powertrain has been calibrated specifically for law enforcement’s unique duty cycle and that it can automatically switch to maximum performance when needed.

Ford Telematics offered as standard

The new hybrid Police Interceptor Utility will come with a two-year complimentary Ford Telematics service as standard. “With Ford Telematics, we’re helping our police customers unlock the data from their vehicles to provide them with more effective ways to manage their fleets and improve operations,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford Police Brand Marketing Manager.

In addition the all-new Police Perimeter Alert system, offered as an option, can monitor approximately 270-degrees of movement outside the vehicle and analyze motion to determine potentially threatening behavior. When such behavior is detected, the vehicle sounds a chime, rolls up the windows and locks the doors.

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  • TrevP

    New Explorer

    • Jay

      I was just typing that lol, you can still see that they want to hide it a bit but you can see a lot of its shape and proportions.

  • Raul

    American Gov got to put more money into this.

    • Nick099

      That’s not how a free society works Raul.

      Taxpayers are not supposed to “invest” in product, hence the resentment against companies like Tesla.

      What you are describing is a Statist form of government.

  • Nick099

    Yes, let’s continue to make vehicles heavier and more complex for grueling work. That will save money.

    Better yet, let’s add lithium batteries to add to the accident excitement factor.

    Las Vegas odds makers will be taking bets on the first explosions.

  • MultiKdizzle

    Yet another pair of headlights to memorize in the rearview mirror.

  • MarketAndChurch

    24mpg combined is a very very good rating for a suv this size.

  • john1168

    I have to say, I’m a bit worried about this new Explorer. I’m glad the police are getting something new and improved BUT, when you tease or introduce a vehicle in service vehicle trim, it shows where the manufacturers customer focus was on. To me this says Ford focused on customers who will primarily use this as a service vehicle (police, fire dept, etc…) and NOT on regular customers who will themselves pay quite a bit of money on this vehicle. I, as a potential customer, would have been way more excited to see the new Explorer teased or introduced as either a sporty or luxury vehicle, or both. But like this, to me it comes across as a vehicle they will primarily sell as a service vehicle and to customers like me as secondary and who will be just expected to buy what’s left. In other words, Fords marketing department sucks… Also, I recently read that some of the Explorers will be built in China and some in the US. I’m now starting to wonder if the service vehicles will be built in the US and the ones for regular customers built in China??? I don’t know, just wondering…

    • no25

      youre reading too into things.

      • john1168

        Yeah, maybe… Hopefully the new Explorer is a big hit.

  • Harlan McCartney

    “and a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with around 400 horsepower for the newly developed ST performance variant.”
    Odd 400 HP is the current output of the 3.0 Eco-boost?? Why would they derate the 3.5….

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