Over the past few months, Ford Authority has spotted a number of 2024 Ford Explorer prototypes out testing, including the new Active trim, as well as the high-performance ST, the luxurious Platinum, the off-road-focused Timberline, and the ST-Line, to name just a few, showing off the refreshed crossover’s updated exterior design and revised interior, which will boast a larger touchscreen, among other updates. Now, we can add the 2024 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility to that list, as Ford Authority recently spotted this law enforcement-focused model out being evaluated, too.
Though we can’t see the front end of this 2024 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Utility in these photos, as Ford Authority recently reported, it’s completely unchanged from the current model – just like the Timberline. This means that the 2024 Ford Police Interceptor Utility continues to utilize the existing model’s headlights, grille, bumpers, and everything else, but interestingly enough, that isn’t true of the rear portion of the crossover built specifically for law enforcement use.
Rather, it features the same new liftgate that we’ve already seen on other prototypes. However, the police model’s tail lights differ from the rest of the 2024 Explorer range. Rather than featuring a C-shaped configuration that runs into the liftgate, the Explorer Police Interceptor Utility foregoes that part of the tail lights within the liftgate. Instead, there is a strip of black plastic present where the lighting is located on the civilian version of the Explorer, coupled with emergency lights that are also present on the current version of the Police Interceptor Utility.
In general, the 2024 Explorer lineup is set to receive a number of updates as part of its forthcoming refresh, including the aforementioned revised front end design, along with a redesigned liftgate that seemingly drew inspiration from its Chinese counterpart and the previous generation Explorer. Aside from a few updates to its exterior, the crossover is also expected to receive an all-new center stack with Sync 4 or the long-awaited Google infotainment system, while BlueCruise will likely become available along with the refresh, too.