A sport utility from Ford is the best-selling cop car in America, and now it is the best accelerating and fastest police vehicle, according to preliminary test data from the Michigan State Police.* Ford beat all entries this year by its reckoning, including V8-equipped Dodge and Chevrolet offerings, with its EcoBoost -powered all-wheel-drive version of the all-new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility, posting fastest 0-60 mph and 0-100 mph times, as well as fastest lap and fastest average lap. Ford Police Interceptor Utility is the No. 1 selling police vehicle in America representing 52% of all sales to law enforcement in 2017. (See AutoInformed.com on Ford Police Interceptors Quickest in Tests and Ford Police Interceptor Sales Up after Crown Vic Gaffe)
The standard hybrid 2020 Police Interceptor Utility also beat all competitive SUV entries, including V8-equipped models, with the fastest 0-100 mph, fastest lap and fastest average lap – making good on Ford’s promise to deliver a hybrid Police Interceptor that outperforms today’s 3.7-liter V6 model with all-wheel drive. Yes, but the vehicle is only as good as its driver and high-speed pursuits often have deadly outcomes, even to innocent bystanders and are controversial.
Standard hybrid technology and standard all-wheel drive with good safety, passenger or cargo space, the all-new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility brings improved horsepower, torque, acceleration and top speed versus today’s 3.7-liter V6 model.
While fuel economy certification isn’t complete yet, the Police Interceptor Utility hybrid is predicted to have a projected EPA-estimated combined label of at least 24 mpg – approximately 40% improvement over the current 3.7-liter V6. Actual mileage will vary, and that number is likely for city police departments. Final EPA-estimated ratings not yet available.
Anticipated fuel economy gains, combined with expected fuel savings from reduced engine idling time, are expected to help save an estimated $3,500 per vehicle in yearly fuel bills versus the current Police Interceptor Utility. If you applied these savings to every Ford Police Interceptor Utility sold in 2017, it would equate to more than $126 million that some politicians could squander elsewhere at $2.93 a gallon, or more than 43 million gallons of fuel.
The EcoBoost Police Interceptor Utility also had the highest top speed – 150 mph in Michigan State Police evaluations, marking the first time an SUV was the overall quickest and fastest police vehicle. The hybrid version turned in a top speed of 137 mph, also beating competitive SUV entries, including those equipped with V8 engines.
Because law enforcement use entails extensive engine idling to power lighting, radios, computers and other on-board electrical equipment, a hybrid powertrain is ideal for police departments. The hybrid allows the gas engine to shut off, powering electrical equipment from its lithium-ion battery, with the gas engine running intermittently to charge the battery.
The Police Interceptor Utility also adds more than $2,000 in now standard equipment for 2020. This includes a built-in Ford modem with two years of complimentary Ford Telematics service, Bluetooth pass-through voice commands to help officers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, LED high- and low-beam headlamps with integrated wig-wag capability, four programmable steering wheel switches, Class III trailer-tow bar for up to 5,000 pounds of towing capability and more.
*Note: Pursuit ratings for police vehicles are determined by vehicle manufacturers; passing the vehicle dynamics test conducted in third-party evaluations by Michigan State Police is used by Ford for validation of its pursuit-rated claims. Pursuit-rated vehicles must complete the 32-lap vehicle dynamics testing in its entirety with no mechanical failures, no brake failures, and with functioning brakes and tires throughout the duration.