The Police Interceptor Utility, which is based on the CD6 Explorer, has a “standard hybrid all-wheel-drive powertrain,” with a 3.3-liter V6 engine. This will be one of three powertrains available in the Police Interceptor Utility, the other two being a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 and a 3.3-liter V6.
All three engines are paired with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission and standard full-time all-wheel drive system with deep snow/sand traction modes. This engine/transmission combo may preview what’s to come from the 2020 Ford Explorer, which will debut this year – potentially at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next week.
Ford predicts the police-prepped Explorer with the hybrid powertrain will return an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 24 MPG combined – 41 percent better than the outgoing Police Interceptor Utility with the 3.7-liter V6. The automaker predicts the hybrid powertrain can save police departments between $3,500 and $5,700 per vehicle annually in fuel costs.
Performance is also important to the police, not just fuel economy. Ford thinks its new Explorer-based patrol vehicle is up to the task though. It recently teamed up with the Michigan State Police to put a variety of current-day police vehicles to the test and found the hybrid Police Interceptor Utility was the second fastest entry in multiple tests. The only vehicle to beat it was the 3.0-liter Police Interceptor Utility.
The hybrid Police Interceptor Utility features some police-specific technologies as well, such as ‘Police Perimeter Alert’, which uses sensors to monitor a 270-degree area around the vehicle, and available Rear Camera On-Demand.
The Ford Police Interceptor Utility will be available to North American police departments later this year or in early 2020. Look for the civilian-spec 2020 Ford Explorer to appear shortly as well.