Since Ford introduced the 2011 Ford Police Interceptor based on the new Ford Taurus, there has been the promise of more police packages and today the 2011 Ford Police Interceptor Utility based on the new Ford Explorer is official. This isn’t the first time that an Explorer has seen police duty and Ford felt that much of the technology used in the 2011 Explorer helps make the new SUV a great police vehicle.
Since the 2011 Ford Explorer was unveiled, there has been the question of whether or not there would be an Explorer powered by the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and unfortunately, that answer is still ‘no’. The Police Interceptor Utility shares some features with the Interceptor sedan but sadly, the EcoBoost V6 is not one of them as the Interceptor Utility is powered by the same 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 offered in the 2011 Explorer. Ford has not given us a real horsepower number but they state that it will have “at least 280 horsepower”. Considering that there are a handful of modifications made to help this engine stand up to the wear and tear of police work, I would expect that it might have a little more power than the civilian-use Explorer or perhaps an engine tune that would yield a little more torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission (with a column mounted shifter) and the option of front or all wheel drive. Like most police vehicles, the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility is equipped with larger braking systems, an enhanced cooling system with a larger radiator and to keep all of the electronics running, a larger alternator.
Like the Police Interceptor sedan, the new 2011 Explorer-based Interceptor Utility was designed with a tremendous amount of input from their police advisory board. This group is comprised of experienced police officers and officials who have spent years on the job, so they know what an officer really needs out of their vehicle. Items like the lower back area of the front seats being shaved a bit to make room for the officer’s utility belt were added just to offer a little more comfort. The rear seats of the new Police Interceptor Utility are vinyl and can fold flat to make additional room in the back – especially helpful for K9 units.
Even the rear cargo area of the Interceptor Utility has been tweaked to offer the most functionality for police use as you can see in the gallery below. The cargo area can be equipped in a variety of ways to make that particular vehicle more useful for its given tasks so if you need less storage space and more room for a K9, you can go with an empty rear cargo area but for a regular patrol vehicle, locking cabinets provide a ton of storage space and still leave plenty of cargo room.
We can expect to see the Police Interceptor Utility on the streets sometime in late 2011 or early 2012 – around the same time when the sedan version is introduced into heavy use. Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the new Police Interceptor Utility based on the 2011 Ford Explorer and stay tuned to your Detroit Autos Examiner for all of your news from around town and around the world!
For more 2011 Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor news, check out these links:
The 2011 Ford Explorer build page is live!
Ford offers a closer look at the 2011 Explorer interior
The 2011 Ford Explorer reveal at Ford World Headquarters
The Ford Police Interceptor: a closer look
My time in the 2011 Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptor