Following last week's teaser, Ford has taken the wraps off the 2016 Police Interceptor Utility.

Following last week's teaser, Ford has taken the wraps off the 2016 Police Interceptor Utility.

Ford facelifted the Explorer a few months ago and now the same revisions have been applied to the Police Interceptor Utility which comes with updated front and rear fascias, tweaked headlights, upgraded electrical system and a new instrument panel. It has also gained Surveillance Mode technology which warns the driver whenever someone approaches the car and when this happens, the driver's window raises automatically and all the doors are locked.

There's also a liftgate release switch accessible to those sitting in the front seats to allow the mechanism of the tailgate to remain unlocked for 45 seconds before timing out, giving officers access to the cargo area. The models equipped with the four-inch display now come as standard with a rear view camera (with washer) and the view from the camera can also be displayed onto the rearview mirror.

In terms of power, the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is powered by a V6 3.7-liter engine with 304 bhp (227 kW) and 279 lb-ft (378 Nm) of torque or a beefier V6 3.5-liter EcoBoost developing 365 bhp (272 kW) and 350 lb-ft (474 Nm), with both engines sending their power to a standard all-wheel drive system through a six-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox benefits from a Pursuit Mode which upon activation it optimizes the upshift and downshift performance for “aggressive driving” and then it automatically returns to its normal fuel-saving mode when it senses the aggressive driving is complete.

The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility will premiere tomorrow at the Chicago Auto Show.

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