And criminals on their heels.
Ford added to its lineup of police response vehicles today with the introduction of the 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder. Ford has been doing this for a long time now, but most recently with the new Ford Explorer, the Taurus and the Mustang Mach-E electric.
The first F-150 cruiser came in 2017, but now it gets to reap all the benefits of the Blue Oval's latest-generation pickup. They're built on the SuperCrew bodystyle which allows officers to travel with more emergency response gear and even transporting mobile command centers in the case of a big event.
"Law enforcement agencies told us they would love to add F-150 Police Responder towing, hauling and off-road performance to their fleets, but they need more confidence in speed and handling," said Greg Ebel, Ford police vehicle brand manager. "Whether suburban police departments, border patrol agents or rural sheriffs, officers never know where the job might take them, but the all-new F-150 Police Responder provides a pickup truck option engineered to get them there faster and with greater agility than ever before."
The F-150 Police Responder comes with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 tuned to 400 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque for police duty. Like the consumer truck, it's paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and they all come in four-wheel drive. A new torque-on-demand transfer case comes with a 4-auto mode that runs in two-wheel drive most of the time, and switches to four-wheel drive when slippage occurs. That new mode goes along with Ford's Off-Road Package that includes skid plates, off-road tuned shocks, an electronic-locking rear axle and hill descent control.
Specially developed Goodyear Wrangler tires (LT265/70R18) sit at the corners, meant to balance aggressive cornering, fast acceleration and high-speed pursuits.
The cop-rated F-150 also features the Police Engine Idle system, which allows officers to take the keys out and securely exit the truck with the rollers still flashing. SYNC 4 is standard with an 8-inch touchscreen, as is Ford Telematics, a system to keep track of fleet vehicles. It has more interior passenger volume and more head, hip and shoulder room than any other pursuit-rated offering, according to Ford. Front seat bolsters are sized to make it easier for an officer wearing a duty belt to enter or exit the vehicle.
Upfitting is key in these police vehicles so Ford offers a front console delete option and a universal top tray on the instrument panel. A new factory center console is available, or precincts can leave them blank, adding their own equipment.
The 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder will be assembled at the Kansas City Assembly Plant, and will arrive in fleets later this fall.