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2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder Revealed With Improved Capability: Video

2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder
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The all-new 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder, America’s only purpose-built, pursuit-rated pickup truck, has been revealed. Part of America’s best-selling police vehicle lineup, the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder features increased capability, including an improved 120 mile-per-hour top speed and automatic four-wheel-drive mode with a torque-on-demand transfer case.

Introduced in 2017 as a unique all-terrain law enforcement tool, the latest Ford F-150 Police Responder is built on the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 SuperCrew platform and engineered to meet a wide range of agency needs – from allowing officers to travel with more emergency response gear to transporting mobile command centers. The truck continues to deliver greater towing capacity, payload capacity, and interior passenger volume than any other pursuit-rated police vehicle.

“Law enforcement agencies told us they would love to add F-150 Police Responder towing, hauling, and off-road performance to their fleets, but they need more confidence in speed and handling,” said Greg Ebel, Ford police vehicle brand manager. “Whether suburban police departments, border patrol agents, or rural sheriffs, officers never know where the job might take them, but the all-new F-150 Police Responder provides a pickup truck option engineered to get them there faster and with greater agility than ever before.”

The 2021 F-150 Police Responder pickup’s standard Ford 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine produces 400 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque – which tops all pursuit-rated police vehicles. The engine is paired with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that has been uniquely calibrated to meet rigorous law enforcement use while enabling speeds significantly higher than a stock F-150.

To help reach and withstand those high speeds, the vehicle rides on specially developed Goodyear LT265/70R18 LRC BSW Wrangler Enforcer all-terrain tires. As the only all-terrain tires available on a pursuit-rated police vehicle, they’re uniquely designed to handle fast acceleration, high speeds, and aggressive cornering on paved roads, and can endure the heat generated in pursuits without sacrificing off-road capability.

A new torque-on-demand transfer case ­­includes 4-Auto mode, with an electrically actuated clutch that automatically adjusts torque as needed to provide “set it and forget it” capability for seamless terrain transition. On high-friction surfaces such as dry pavement, the system runs in two-wheel drive for maximum performance and improved handling around corners, avoiding the “crow-hopping” that commonly slows a four-wheel-drive vehicle. If a pursuit shifts to slick or loose surfaces, the 4-Auto system simultaneously directs power to all four wheels, allowing officers to remain focused on the job at hand.

“4-Auto mode bridges the gap between 2-High and 4-High, and you see performance improvements as a result,” said Allen Magolan, Ford police vehicles integration manager. “On dry pavement is where you see the real payoff because it allows you to carry more speed when cornering – a rare benefit in a pickup truck.”

The torque-on-demand system couples with the standard F-150 FX4 Off-Road Package to give officers improved off-road capability. The FX4 package includes underbody skid plates, off-road-tuned shocks, an electronic-locking rear axle, and Hill Descent Control to help maintain speed while driving down an incline.

For departments that need to tow a boat, horse trailer, mobile command center, or other equipment, F-150 Police Responder tops all other pursuit-rated vehicles with a standard towing capacity of 7,000 pounds and an available towing capacity of 11,200 pounds, in addition to its payload capacity of 2,030 pounds.

An available Trailer Tow Package adds the convenience of Pro Trailer Backup Assist. The available Tow Technology Package adds a 360-degree camera, Trailer Reverse Guidance, and integrated Trailer Brake Controller. Smart Trailer Tow Connector is standard on Class IV hitch-equipped vehicles and adds Trailer Coverage to the available Blind Spot Information System.

Available new Police Engine Idle lets an officer remove the key from the ignition and securely exit the truck with the engine running. Officers can continue to power lights and sirens without the worry of vehicle theft. Agencies can choose the type of keys to operate their trucks – up to four traditional fleet keys per truck or up to four available fobs with keyless entry per truck.

SYNC 4 with cloud connectivity is standard. The system includes an 8-inch touch screen in the center stack and an embedded modem with wireless updates, allowing agencies to receive software updates and potentially avoid unplanned service or maintenance. An upgraded 4-inch productivity screen in the instrument cluster is standard.

Like all Ford commercial vehicles, F-150 Police Responder offers available Ford Telematics – an intelligent fleet management tool that can help improve uptime, optimize running costs, enable predictive planning of unscheduled maintenance, and improve driver behavior over time.

New driver-assist features include a standard Reverse Sensing System, which provides an audible alert if the vehicle approaches an object while backing up. Available Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection that includes Forward Collision Warning and Automatic Emergency Braking now comes with a unique one-touch temporary disable switch exclusively for law enforcement. Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert is available.

Among law enforcement vehicles, F-150 Police Responder offers more interior passenger volume and more head, hip, and shoulder room than any other pursuit-rated offering. Front seat bolsters are sized to make it easier for an officer wearing a duty belt to enter or exit the vehicle while enhancing comfort over the course of an eight-hour shift.

Upfitting is made easy with features such as a front console-delete, universal top tray on the instrument panel, and rear power lug. The 40-blank-40 front seat configuration lets agencies install their own department-specific center console. A new factory-installed center console is available as part of the Interior Upgrade Package, as is a new Interior Work Surface that provides an adjustable flat surface for writing or computer work.

The updated darker-colored interior, including police-grade heavy-duty cloth front seats, was influenced by officer input. It features built-in steel intrusion plates in both front seatbacks for officer safety, as well as red-and-white task lighting. LED police warning beacons are available pre-installed in red and blue, amber, or amber and white.

The 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder is assembled at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, and will be available for government agencies to order beginning tomorrow, March 17th before deliveries begin later this fall.

We’ll have more on the 2021 F-150 Police Responder soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series news, Ford F-150 news, and continuous Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. That’s a nice add and update and probably has a use in many places. However here in Oklahoma the Dodge is fast becoming the law enforcement vehicle of choice for several reasons. 1. Price, 2. Law enforcement still likes a full size sedan vs SUV’s and Pickups. That’s why the old Crown Vics were so popular and many agencies are still using them. Food for thought ??

    • Have you ever driven one? I own one. The only thing they’ve got going for them is the interior space being very open and the truck is huge.
      Otherwise the engine, while a V8, is a bit paltry. They’re a 2-valve 4.6L V8 with a few tweaks. They made around 260hp and 300lb-ft of torque.
      I love it as a daily, but I’ve also cleaned some of the newer police vehicles. They drive much better and accelerate faster.

      • Oh yes, I have serviced many of them. Not fast by any means or even with the police package not a great handling vehicle. But very damned reliable and not terribly expensive to repair unlike the the HI-tech machines we have now.

  2. Well this is one fast,roomie,smart,police cruiser. The crown Vic is probably the best police cruiser ever built. He’ll I still them in use and I believe some have been handed down to county and township use.

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