Ford Unveils 2018 Special Service F-150, Expedition
Vehicles Offer More Room, Capacity for Tactical or Equipment Needs
Ford continues to dominate the law enforcement market with the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility, ceding little territory to competitors since the discontinuation of the Crown Victoria. Now, Dearborn wants to make its domination of the government and law enforcement special services sector complete with the new 2018 F-150 and Expedition Special Service Vehicle (SSV) line. Although not “pursuit rated” like the P.I. Utility, special service vehicles play an important role for law enforcement, forestry service, and other fields that require a greater level of off-road capability and cargo or towing capacity.
To that end, Ford didn’t skimp on the power, offering the F-150 with the choice of either a 5.0L V-8 or 3.5L EcoBoost V-6, both mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Offered exclusively on the entry-level XL trim, the F-150 SSV features vinyl seating surfaces and vinyl flooring for easy cleanup and durability and gives buyers the choice of SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations and 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrains. The Expedition SSV is offered only with the 3.5L EcoBoost, also mated to the 10-speed automatic, and with a 3.73 rear axle ratio with an electronic limited-slip differential.
To accommodate the higher electrical loads and extended idle times that are typical for such vehicles, a heavy-duty 240-amp alternator is standard. The usual 40/20/40 split bench is replaced by a 40/40 split with an open center space allowing for customization and upfitting. The models will be available for order later this year.