New Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Coming to Chicago Auto Show
Company Shows Teaser of New Law-Enforcement Vehicle
The Ford Police Interceptor Utility (based on the Explorer SUV) is doing very well in the law-enforcement segment. As the bestselling law-enforcement vehicle, the PI Utility offers the combination of space and performance that peace officers need.
Ford won’t be resting on its laurels too much, though, as the Utility is getting an update, due to be shown at the Chicago Auto Show on February 12. The company showed a teaser of its new law-enforcement baby, and although the image reveals little, it’s clear that the updates will ape those of the facelifted civilian-spec Explorer.
New headlights and a flatter, more upright front end headline the changes. As on the updated 2016 Explorer, those changes make the Explorer look more like a traditional SUV than its immediate predecessor. Additionally, as you can see in the photo Ford released, the Police Interceptor Utility also has blue and red foglamps and side-mirror lights. While we hope we never have to see those lights flashing in our rearview mirror, they’re nonetheless pretty cool. The styling changes account for a five percent improvement in aero efficiency on the Explorer, so the Police Interceptor Utility should be a bit slipperier as well, even with the added drag of lightbars and antennae.
Ford also says that the Chicago-built Police Interceptor Utility will come with more high-tech features. Although the company didn’t elaborate, we again expect most of the changes to come courtesy of the 2016 Explorer. That could mean the addition of ultra-bright LED low-beam headlights, LED taillights, and perhaps a version of Ford’s Terrain Management System, which comes on some versions of the Explorer but not the Police Interceptor.
Whatever the case may be, it would do well to memorize the front end of this new Utility, just in case. You never know when some oblivious speeding could turn into a big, fat ticket, especially since the Police Interceptor will likely be keeping the optional EcoBoost engine that has made it one of the fastest police vehicles out there.