Last week, we got our first official look at the 2013 Ford F-150, but Ford isn't done yet. The Blue Oval boys have announced that they are prepping a new variant for those who are going to put their F-150s to work called the "Special Service Vehicle package." Its targeted at law enforcement, fire fighting, and other severe-duty applications where specific equipment not normally offered on an F-150 would come in handy.
The front seat of the F-150 SSV uses a 40-20-40 configuration with the middle section removed to facilitate installation of communications equipment or firearms storage, essentially creating two front bucket seats. These feature cloth upholstery, while the rear bench on the SuperCab and SuperCrew models is rapped in rugged and easy-to-clean vinyl. A heavy-duty 220-amp alternator is also part of the package to handle the increased electrical requirements of aftermarket communications and lighting equipment.
Conveniently, the F-150 SSV is available in most of the more-popular civilian flavors. SSV models can be equipped either with the 5.0-liter V-8 or the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and both are offered with the choice of two- or four-wheel drive. Ford also keeps the options open for comfort and convenience items, potentially allowing for the possibility of MyFord Touch with basic cloth & vinyl seats and other configurations not normally available on regular consumer trim levels.
The SSV package is available now on 2012 models, and will continue for the 2013 model year, incorporating the previously-announced updates for 2013. The SSV package is a no-charge option on the F-150.