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New Ford Police Interceptor Becomes First Pursuit-Rated Hybrid SUV

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New Police interceptor promises faster and more efficient justice dispensing.

Ford is currently America's best-selling police brand and its all-new Police Interceptor Utility hybrid has just been announced. It promises enhanced performance and up to 40 percent better fuel efficiency over the existing 3.7-liter V6 version. It also highlights Ford's plan to offer hybrid and/or plug-in hybrid versions for every new utility in North America. The battery pack doesn't compromise on interior space and will be able to power the vehicle's auxiliary systems when the engine is off, which should greatly contribute to efficiency levels.

It is estimated that the improved efficiency will yield savings of up to $3,200 in fuel costs annually. Applied to every Ford Police Interceptor Utility sold on 2017, the savings amount to over $126 million. "We're committed to electrifying vehicles for all customers, including law enforcement who need the high performance and low operating costs that Ford's next-generation hybrids will excel at providing," said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. "Standard all-wheel drive is important because crooks don't stop when it rains." A number of Police Interceptor-specific features will be part of the package too.

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Among them, an available Police Perimeter Alert system will use the blind-spot info system to alert the occupants to suspicious activity outside the vehicle while an available class III trailer package will enable towing of up to 5,000 pounds. An exclusive 75-mph rear impact protection system will be standard fitment too. A 2-year complimentary Ford Telematics subscription will enable agencies to monitor crucial vehicle information to help further optimize their fleets. To protect and to serve, now with added efficiency.