Ford unveils Responder, first police pickup capable of high-speed pursuit

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 20, 2017

Stephen Tyler, Ford's Dearborn based police brand marketing manager, said in the past, some police pickups were overlooked by agencies because they weren't police rated, meaning their acceleration, top speed, braking, crash durability and other specifications didn't meet police-pursuit standards.

The first pursuit-rated pickup is based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 375 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Note to baddies: the police pickup is based on the F-150 FX4 off-roader and is capable of speeds up to 100 miles per hour thanks to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 sitting under its black and white hood.

To further toughen the truck for rigorous police work, Ford upgraded the brakes, front sway bar, 18-inch aluminum wheels and all-terrain tires.

"Aside from its industry-first on-road pursuit capability, this purpose-built pickup can comfortably seat five, while providing capability in off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments patrolled by sheriff's departments, border patrol operations and the Department of Natural Resources".

The 2018 F-150 Police Responder will go on sale in the spring of 2018. Crucially, the truck comes upfit-ready, with a 240-amp alternator under the hood to support additional electric equipment.

The F-150 Police Responder includes a number of interior features, including a column shifter, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating and heavy-duty vinyl flooring.

Ford now maintains a 63 percent annual market share among "police-pursuit-rated" vehicle sales, Tyler said.

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