The duties of the American police officer are many, so it should come as little surprise that a specially-outfitted pickup truck is, on occasion, quite useful for law enforcement.
That’s why the Ford F-150 “Special Service Vehicle” exists – a truck tailor-made for law enforcement, government, and fleet customers, which has just been updated for the 2018 model year along with the civilian Ford F-150 lineup.
The 2018 Ford F-150 SSV keeps the uprated, 240-amp alternator of the outgoing truck, as well as the column-mounted shifter, although it’s inherited the 10-speed Ford/GM automatic that’s proliferated across the standard truck range. It’s available with a choice of either Ford’s revised, second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost V6, or the upgraded 5.0L V8 with dual injection. Auto Start-Stop is now standard, so operators can look forward to (hopefully) lower refueling costs.
Better still, the Ford F-150 SSV is available in either SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration, so that it can transport up to five officers. The special-duty pickup can be ordered with either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.
“While our Police Interceptor Utility remains the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the country by a large margin, some agencies need to haul five people with higher equipment-carrying capacity, or off-road capabilities are required,” says Ford Police Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Tyler, who was never in Aerosmith. “That’s where the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV come in.”