Check your rearview mirror next time you’re on the road and you might see one of Ford’s new F-150 or Expedition police cars. The Blue Oval released first images of their two newest models donning the black and white attire, and both with high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies.
Both the F-150 SSV and the Expedition SSV come with a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, while the F-150 can be optioned with a 5.0-liter V8. A 10-speed automatic comes standard on both engines, as does an auto stop-start feature to help improve fuel economy. The F-150 can be optioned in XL trim for F-150 SuperCrew or SuperCab configuration, with both 4x2 and 4x4 options available.
The standard 40/20/40 seat layout in the Expedition has been replaced with a 40/blank/40 configuration. The center seating section has been ripped out to add even more space and optional equipment to the rear of the cab. A vinyl bench also replaces the rear seats, while a vinyl floor replaces the carpet.
The two new additions to Ford’s already impressive police fleet will accent the Explorer Interceptor Utility and Taurus Interceptor models. Ford Police Brand Marketing Manager, Stephen Tyler, said that "some agencies need to haul five people with higher equipment-carrying capacity, or off-road capabilities are required… that’s where the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV come in."
If Ford isn’t your departments automaker of choice, American police can always opt for Chevy Caprice, Tahoe, or Dodge Charger cruisers, all of which make our list of 7 fastest police cars of 2017. Too bad you won’t be able to catch criminals in a Lamborghini Huracan like Italian police.
Gallery: 2018 Ford F-150 / Expedition SSV Police
They might be the only new vehicles sold in the United States with high-strength aluminum-alloy bodies, vinyl seats and 10-speed column-mounted shifters – just the way their customers want them. For its law enforcement, government and fleet customers, Ford is unveiling its new 2018 F-150 Special Service Vehicle and all-new 2018 Expedition Special Service Vehicle designed to meet their very specific needs.
The 2018 F-150 SSV is even tougher, smarter and more capable, with a segment-exclusive combination of advanced materials that are durable and inhibit corrosion, technologies that improve productivity, efficiency and driver confidence, plus the best towing capability of any F-150, ever.
The all-new 2018 Expedition SSV is the smartest, most capable, adaptable Expedition ever – providing fleets with generous space, connectivity and smart new technology for their specialized applications.
Both vehicles have updated powertrains, including a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost® or newly upgraded 5.0-liter V8 for F-150, paired to a segment-exclusive 10-speed automatic. The Ford-built transmission delivers improved acceleration and performance over previous six-speed automatics. Expedition is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Both vehicles add Auto Start-Stop for greater fuel efficiency. On Expedition SSV, a 3.73 rear differential is now an electronic limited-slip differential.
A high-output 240-amp alternator replaces the stock unit to accommodate for extended idle times and meet the demands for additional on-board electrical power in both vehicles.
Standard 40/20/40 seats are replaced with 40/blank/40 seats, with the center section deleted to create more space for customization. Because law enforcement, government and fleet work can be messy, a vinyl bench in place of the rear seat aids in quick cleanup, while easy-to-clean vinyl flooring replaces carpeting.
Law enforcement agencies are increasingly looking to vehicles beyond the traditional sedan for specialized duty.
“While our Police Interceptor Utility remains the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the country by a large margin, some agencies need to haul five people with higher equipment-carrying capacity, or off-road capabilities are required,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “That’s where the F-150 SSV and Expedition SSV come in.”
F-150 SSV provides a selection of configurations so fleets can pick what best suits their needs. Available in XL trim for F-150 SuperCrew or SuperCab configuration, customers can opt for either a 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain. Whether equipped with the V8 or high-torque EcoBoost, power is not a problem for customers choosing either of these Special Service Vehicles.