While also unveiling the 2020 Ford Explorer, Ford introduced a new law enforcement vehicle, the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. While there are a lot of differences between the vehicles, both were built on the same platform and both have hybrid systems.
The Police Interceptor Utility comes with the available Modular Hybrid Technology, just like the Explorer. The idea was to provide a more efficient police vehicle that can still handle SUV duties, such as towing a maximum of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped and driving off-road. Although there is a $3,500 price difference between the Hybrid and the solo V6, Ford assures police departments that recouping the cost only takes a year, with further savings occurring from then on.
The 10-speed automatic transmission has a 44 horsepower electric motor paired with a 3.3-liter V6 engine. When combined, the SUV generates an impressive 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque. Accordingly, the PIU is more than equipped for car chases.
Unlike the Explorer, the PIU has specific features to best function as a police vehicle, like upgraded braking, which can quickly stop the SUV. The stripped down interior also fits police officers’ need for space, and the back has reinforced metal to withstand high-speed impacts.
We at Reynolds Motor Co are excited that Ford developed the green Police Interceptor Utility. Stop by to test-drive one of our Ford electric or hybrid vehicles.