Although the legendary Ford Crown Victoria P71 police Interceptor was discontinued ten years ago, Ford prides itself on providing more vehicles than its rivals to those who protect and serve. To maintain its market leadership and to ensure that it remains a top choice for customers, the Ford F-150 Police Responder pickup is set to receive an overhaul later in the year. It will be more focused on ensuring that suburban police forces, border patrol agents, rural sheriffs, and others needing trucks will select the Ford over those with the Chevrolet Silverado SSV and Ram 1500 Classic Special Service pickups.
MOAR Power And Torque!
In 2021, the Ford F-150 Police Responder’s standard 3.5-liter “EcoBoost” V-6 engine received a boost in power and torque to 25 30 lb-ft and 30 horsepower. It also gets the powertrain’s calibration custom-made for police work. It’s a boost of 400 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque that outperforms the V-8 competitors with 4-45 horsepower and between 90 and 117 pounds of torque. The 10-speed automatic standard on it beats its Chevy through four gears and its Ram in two. Four-wheel drive is available on all police pickups. We anticipate that the Ford will be at least 1.5 seconds faster in achieving 60 mph than Chevy and Ram, with a speed of around 5.2 seconds. It also has a new button that permits an officer to temporarily deactivate pre-collision aid and automatic emergency brakes to better assist in a pit or bump-n-spin maneuver. It’s a fun fact that explains the reason it’s called Responder Responder rather than an Interceptor Ford’s Police Interceptor Utility is reinforced to resist a rear impact of 75mph as opposed to its F-150 Police Responder only follows the standard for the rear, which has implications in the United States of 50 speed. Make sure you know the specifications of your getaway vehicle before you try to run, especially if there’s a Blue Oval under that police truck’s flashing lights.
Ford’s four-wheel-drive standard system has now been upgraded to an automatic mode using the torque-on-demand method (usually only available to Limited, Platinum, and Raptor trims) that consists of an electrically operated clutch that is activated by the front axle whenever back wheels are unable to traction, or low-friction surfaces are identified. Every Police Responder model is equipped with the FX4 Off-Road package. It includes skid plates under the body with off-road-tuned shocks, an electric locking rear axle, and the ability to control hill-descent.
Off-Road Tires For Off-Tarmac Excursions
The Ford police truck is the sole model that is chase-rated, with 2021 as the year in which the F-150 can stay with the suspect fleeing at speeds of up to 120 mph instead of letting them speed away at 105 mph like previously. This means the Ford F-150 Police Responder requires a speed rating far above the S ratings (112 rate) of the F-150’s standard tires. But the police truck also requires the ability to run on all terrains to provide FX4-grade off-road capabilities. Therefore, Goodyear designed an LT265/70R18 Wrangler Enforcer all-terrain tires. Tirerack’s sole all-terrain tire speed-rated for this size is the Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015. However, it’s not a light-truck (LT) installation.
Crew Cab, Short Box
Cops, as well as most people who buy pickups, prefer crew cabs, and it’s the only option provided by Chevy, Ford, and Ram. What’s the place you’ll put a petty criminal SuperCab? The smallest 5.5-foot box is also said to be the best choice for their needs, and that’s the only option Ford has to offer. The Silverado has a 6.5-foot bed, while the short Ram’s box can be upgraded by adding the RamBox brand’s RamBox containers for storage.
Ford is proud to boast the highest-quality capability ratings. Even border patrol and other authorities may have to pull all-terrain cars or tow a boat, horse trailer, and command center mobile. This means it can carry 2300 pounds of goods. Its base F-150 Police Responder can haul 7000 pounds, and an optional towing package can increase that to 11,200 pounds maximum. The payload is down 20 pounds below the Chevy rating; however, the Ford surpasses the Chevy by 1,700 pounds and exceeds the Ram by 447 pounds in payload capacity and 940 pounds for capacity towing.
Furthermore, Ford offers a variety of towing assist features available, also, including the Pro Trailer Backup Assist and the Tow Technology package (a 360-degree camera and trailer Reverse Guidance) and an integrated trailer Brake Controller). The Ford Smart Trailer Connector is standard in the class IV hitch and aids in monitoring blind spots in the trailer.
Interior Tailored For Utility Belts
The seats in cloth were still equipped with steel anti-stab safety and bolsters on the sides that were trimmed away so that officers could comfortably wear the duty belt. The standard configuration remains an individual bucket with no center console. However, the latest interior upgrade adds an installed center console with a movable flat area for writing or computer work. The same top tray on the dash can be used to mount forward-facing cameras and other devices powered by electricity. Sync 4 is new for 2021 and features cloud connectivity. The system comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen in the middle of the stack and an embedded modem, including Wireless software updates. A new 4.0-inch productivity screen inside the instrument cluster is formed.
Police Engine Idle
This feature allows officers to take the ignition key while the engine is running and leave the vehicle locked with the steering wheel and transmission selector. Officers can continue powering lights and sirens with no fear of theft of their car. Regarding ignition keys, agencies can select from four traditional keys for fleets or fobs that have keyless entry for each truck. Pro Power (onboard 110V high-amperage power) is unavailable for the Police Responder.
Ford will say, “Price may vary based on government bidding structures, so we do not list MSRP for this audience.” The F-150 SuperCrew 4×4 FX4 model in its base XL trim is priced at $45,625, so we’re estimating an average fleet cost of $44,000 for this vehicle. The order banks will be open from March 17. On March 17, the Ford F-150 police Responder is scheduled to be assembled in Ford’s Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri, in time for it to be in the fleet later in the fall as a 2021 model.