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Ford F-150 Becomes the First Pursuit-Rated Pickup Truck for Police

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The Ford F-150 Police Responder is the industry’s first pursuit-rated pickup truck.

Powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, the F-150 is capable of speeds up to 100 mph, while also having four-wheel drive for all-terrain police performance. Those specs also mean the F-150 Police Responder has more horsepower and torque than any other pursuit-rated police vehicle.

The truck is based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, with a 145-inch wheelbase sitting on a high-strength steel frame. It offers the largest passenger volume, payload, and towing capacity of any pursuit-rated police vehicle. It also features best-in-class front and rear shoulder and hip room, as well as rear legroom.

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Additional upgrades to the Police Responder include a police-calibrated brake system with upgraded calipers and pad friction material, upgraded front stabilizer bar for improved braking and handling, as well as 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. To support onboard electrical devices, there’s a high-output 240-amp alternator, along with a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters. Protecting the truck’s underbody are skid plates, while the standard class IV hitch gives the truck best-in-class towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.

The interior has also been overhauled with a column shifter with center-seat delete, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating, and heavy-duty vinyl flooring for easy cleanup.

“Ford’s 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the perfect all-terrain law enforcement vehicle,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police brand marketing manager. “Aside from its industry-first on-road pursuit capability, this purpose-built pickup can comfortably seat five, while providing capability in off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments patrolled by sheriff’s departments, border patrol operations and the Department of Natural Resources.”

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