This is a police car, though you might not have noticed by first looking at it. The 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility — aka an Explorer with some lights on it — was designed to not be noticed. The inclusion of a “no-profile” front interior visor light bar should have been your first clue of that, otherwise the new rear spoiler traffic warning should get your attention… or not.
Forgoing the standard roof-mounted police lights, Ford integrates the signature red, blue, and amber lighting into the rear spoiler. When off, the Police Interceptor mostly goes unnoticed by passerby. But when turned it, the perfectly placed rear spoiler light bar is able to alert drivers of on road and roadside situations.
“Aftermarket light bars can impede visibility by hanging down over the glass,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Our full programmable rear spoiler traffic warning lights are integrated into the spoiler, so agencies get their bright red, blue, and amber LEDs with no compromise to rear visibility.”
This clever new system not only increases visibility, but also improves looks and ease of use. Ford calls its new design a “slick top,” meaning the vehicle can maintain full front and rear lighting capabilities without bulky roof fixtures. The lights can be programmed not only to project red, blue, and amber lighting, but also directional signaling and other information.
“While signaling to drivers of an upcoming emergency situation, it constitutes a clear safety benefit for officers and the public,” said Arie Goreneveld, chief program engineer for Ford police programs.
The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility is now available for order and features a 3.7-liter naturally-aspirated V6 with 304 horsepower (226 kilowatts) and 279 pound-feet (378 newton-meters) of torque, or the option of a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine with 365 horsepower (272 kilowatts) and 350 pound-feet (474 newton-meters) of torque.
Gallery: 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility
Ford police vehicles just went deeper undercover.
Ford is debuting Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights to complement the “no-profile” Front Interior Visor Light Bar on Police Interceptor Utility. The feature integrates bright LED lighting into the vehicle’s rear spoiler, providing law enforcement with a highly effective tool to alert drivers of emergency roadside situations while affording officers full visibility out the rear window. When deactivated, the lighting is difficult to detect for someone approaching the vehicle from the rear.
“Aftermarket light bars can impede visibility by hanging down over the glass,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Our fully programmable Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights are integrated into the spoiler, so agencies get their bright red, blue and amber LEDs with no compromise to rear visibility.”
Aftermarket products mount inside or outside the glass then extend into the rear window – impeding visibility. Ford’s warning lights free up that space for unimpeded rearward vision.
The option complements Ford’s “no-profile” Front Interior Visor Light Bar, a covert feature that provides a similar improvement in forward vision over aftermarket options.
When activated, the new warning lights flash alternating bright red and blue bars in the rear spoiler; they can also be programmed for red/red, blue/blue or amber operation, providing drivers with directional signaling information. An auto-dimming capability can be programmed from full intensity down to 20 percent.
“Together with our front visor light bar, Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights offer a fully integrated solution for agencies wishing to minimize the presence of their police vehicles,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief program engineer, Ford police programs. “While signaling to drivers of an upcoming emergency situation, it constitutes a clear safety benefit for officers and the public.”
The feature can be ordered now for the 2017 Police Interceptor Utility. As with all Ford-provided police vehicle options, Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights come with a limited factory warranty.