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Ford builds an SUV for cops

Ford announces the Police Interceptor utility, a police car based on its new Explorer.

The Explorer-based Police Interceptor utility vehicle gets Ford's 3.5-liter V-6 with twin variable camshaft timing, cranking out 280 horsepower and capable of running on E85 fuel. This engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. With four-wheel drive, the Interceptor utility vehicle is designed to handle off-road conditions and can carry 800 pounds in its cargo area. <br><br> To help prevent rollovers in the high-center-of-gravity Police Interceptor utility vehicle, Ford equips it with the AdvanceTrac control system. This system can reduce the vehicle speed by up to 10 mph in just 1 second when it senses an imminent rollover.
Ford Police Interceptor utility
The Explorer-based Police Interceptor utility vehicle joins the Taurus-based sedan in Ford's police car arsenal. Ford

Last March, Ford announced that, with the discontinuation of its Crown Victoria, its new Police Interceptor vehicle would be based on the Taurus. Now, Ford announces a similarly outfitted police vehicle based on the new Explorer.

The Ford Police Interceptor utility offers the same sort of heavy duty brakes, suspension, and engine cooling equipment as the Taurus-based sedan, designed to handle the rigorous duty of police work. The Interceptor utility comes with a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 280 horsepower.

Similar to the sedan, the Interceptor utility gets the Ford Sync system, along with safety features such as blind-spot detection. Unlike the sedan, the utility offers 800 pounds of cargo-carrying capacity.