Ford Interceptor Utility Gets Facelift, New Features

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Ford’s Interceptor Utility is being refreshed with new style and a handful of added features.

The Interceptor utility vehicle went on sale in 2012 and since then has captured 55 percent of the U.S. police vehicle market, Ford said today. The Dearborn-based manufacturer is the only company that offers a pursuit rated mid-size crossover.

Updates to the model include a more robust electrical system than can better distribute loads from the equipment police rely on along with a new instrument panel. Ford also updated the exterior design with a new front fascia and different headlights.

Ford also added a liftgate release switch that front seat occupants can reach. It unlocks the cargo area, allowing officers the ability to open the rear before timing out after 45 seconds and locking again.

As you might remember, Ford also offers a surveillance mode that will alert the driver if someone is approaching the car from behind, locking the doors and rolling up the driver side window.

“From the heavy-duty suspension and powertrain offerings, to the unique steering and transmission calibrations, Ford Police Interceptor Utility is built to provide any law enforcement agency a vehicle ready to meet extremely demanding needs,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer for the new Police Interceptor Utility.

As was the case with the previous model, all-wheel drive is standard and there are two engines available: a naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 producing 304 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

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