What makes Pursuit Mode unique is its detection of aggressive driving situations (based on brake line pressure, deceleration, and lateral acceleration rates) and adjusts the vehicle accordingly.
When such aggressive driving situations are detected, the six-speed transmission automatically switches from a normal, fuel-saving operation to Pursuit Mode. While driving in this mode, the upshift and downshift transmission performance is optimized for aggressive driving. The Pursuit Mode software is programmed to perform reverse J-turns, which is when a vehicle is spun 180 degrees and continues face forward without changing the direction of travel.
Once the aggressive driving is completed, the vehicle returns to a fuel-save mode. And while we imagine this feature to be exclusive to Police Interceptor, we could also see this sort of software perhaps trickle into a 2020 Ford Explorer ST of sorts.
Other new features for the 2020 Ford Explorer include larger dimensions, weight reduction, and a longitudinally-placed engine and transmission for better front-rear weight distribution. And while it has yet to be officially revealed, the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility at least provides a preview of what to expect for the 2020 Ford Explorer.