The 2016 Ford Interceptor SUV promises to continue blazing a path of intentional design and engineering aimed at making police officers more effective and safer in the field. Ford has also spearheaded a new wave of partnerships to unite customers with aftermarket manufacturers, vehicle upfitters and technology integrators. 

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Ford’s leadership in the public safety vehicle space appears to be paying off. According to Ford, the Interceptor SUV and sedan models entered 2015 with a commanding 55 percent of market share – not bad for a three-year-old platform.

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Central to the Interceptor’s value proposition – both to officers and the public they serve – is the technology packed inside. In addition to providing a dynamic canvas to design and install solutions for rugged computing, mobile printing, mobile access routers, e-citation and evidentiary video systems, Ford has pulled out all the stops with the 2016 SUV to transform state-of-the-art technologies into competitive advantages in the field.

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Here are some of the highlights you’ll see in the new police cruiser – coming soon to a town near you.

  • A self-cleaning rear camera comes standard. The video can be seen on a 4-inch screen in the center console or displayed on the rear-view mirror.
  • Surveillance Mode rear-facing exterior sensors alert officers to the presence of an approaching subject. The system can chime to notify the officer, flash the brake lights, roll up windows and lock the doors.
  • A liftgate release switch in the cabin allows front seat occupants to unlock the rear hatch without having to exit the vehicle to use the key. The hatch remains unlocked for 45 seconds.
  • Pursuit Mode – Based on brake line pressure, deceleration and lateral acceleration rates, the vehicle automatically switches the transmission from normal, fuel-saving operation to Pursuit Mode when it detects aggressive driving situations. In Pursuit Mode, the upshift and downshift performance of the transmission is optimized for aggressive driving. The software is tuned to perform a reverse J-turn – when a vehicle in reverse is spun 180 degrees and continues, face forward, without changing its direction of travel. Then, the vehicle returns to fuel-save mode when it senses the aggressive driving is complete.
  • The Havis Integrated Control System combines cutting-edge, onboard technology, the convenience of touch control and increased cabin space to provide police officers with a comfortable, safe and connected solution in their cockpit. This optional system replaces the factory dashboard and integrates the vehicle’s various electronics management systems. It also provides for a second input (e.g., a Windows laptop or Android tablet) into the integrated 12.1-inch dash touchscreen. An optional rugged keyboard is also available.
  • Another option includes Ford SYNC®, a hands-free information technology interface allowing officers to operate various communication and audio equipment by voice control.
  • The optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V-6 engine delivers 365 horsepower, 350 lb.-ft. of torque, made usable by standard all-wheel drive.
  • Higher output headlamp and lights offer integrated wig-wag (modulated/flashing) functionality.
  • Available Level III ballistic shield door inserts increase officer safety against gunfire while minimizing weight.
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43 thoughts on “The 2016 Ford Interceptor SUV: A Technology-filled, Crime-Fighting Machine

  • Cool I want one and I’m not even in law enforcement. Would just love it for all the conectivity it has, need to have the rear hatch open when you place your foot under the rear bumper so you can open it when you’re hands are full. Hop it comes standard with canine convinces for rover.

      • shelpicker says:

        It has the bells and whistles but most of them don’t work and the dealers don’t know how to fix them. Warranty sucks. Traded mine for a Ford after 2000 miles.

      • CopandMarine says:

        These vehicle are inexpensive durable and mostly made in the united states. A BMW police car used in Germany would cost twice as much and have trouble jumping curbs as I do with my SUV interceptor. The SUV (explorer) model is quickly becoming the standard police car. For highway the Chevy Caprice is probably better but is more expensive and an Australian import. Also all of the accessories lights, shotgun/AR racks computers wont fir in a BMW. That’s why you buy that to drive home from work- a fine car.

  • Great looking cop car……I remember

    driving cross country, east bound on I-80.

    In a traffic jam in NYC, next to me is a Ford Interceptor….In back seat are two dudes cuffed up…..As

    the cop pulled up alittle, I saw the plate…from New Hampshire, nice country. The logo on the plate was

    “Live free…or die”………Irony at it’s finest…..

  • Michael Cummings says:

    Yeah that looks nice!
    Saw “Let’s Be Cops” last night it seems like a good idea!

  • Ken Moore says:

    How neat can you get! I am all for giving the police all the advantages they can get. That extra protection in the door panel is great but bullet proof glass should be standard also.

    • Bullet proof glass is very heavy. The door insert is a sheet of steel that has two Kevlar linings. Much lighter note Luis it allows the police to use the door as a shield and they are able to return fire.

  • coffeegirl says:

    ..forget the car, How about that dog! A German Shepherd is all the protection I need

  • I’m all for the militarization of our police. I think there should be one of these and/or an MRAP vehicle on every corner. The safety of the citizenry should ALWAYS come after that of our public “servants”. Sheep.

  • Roxie Turmam says:

    I think the SUVs are great we need the police so more power to them. I’ll be signen up for more ride along

  • Wow! At what cost!! Would there be less crime if
    more citizens were armed? Police only show up
    after the crime. I carry and am willing to engage
    if need be. Police hi-tech is ok,but police can’t do
    it all.We all must get involved if we are going to be
    A free society not a police state.

    • When criminals think people are armed, they consider easier targets. The SUV is another tool LE needs to protect the “easier targets.”

    • Only show up after crime? You ruined your credibility right there. Law enforcement officers are victims on a daily basis, unfortunately nobody cares when victims aren’t civilian.

  • I think that in the days we are in, all police should have the best equipment and training to confront the bad guys, who are heavily armed
    You can’t budget safety to our men and women who do this incredibly dangerous job. The best body armor, bullet proof glass, is a good start.

  • Daniel Castillo says:

    Great upgrades to this Vehicle I believe every police department need these vehicles in there fleet from small to big police department and I agree bulletproof windows should be Standard for every police vehicle. May God Keep Blessing Are Officers Out On The Streets.

  • Marine Vet says:

    Great job Ford, every city needs these vehicles but, with bullet proof glass. And these vehicles need to be made in America.

    • The Police Interceptor Utility and Sedan are both made in Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant, right alongside your civilian model Explorer and Taurus.

  • Tree nelson says:

    The equipment for police officers is superb. Now let’s put some effort into training some real, respectable, and morally right actin cops and then we might get into some real ground breaking advancements in relation to the Shield.

  • Great job Ford, let’s give our law enforcement agencies and agents all the tech and top notch gear that they need to be safe and effective in stopping criminals in their tracks. Price should never be a consideration either as they put their lives on the line every second to keep us safe

  • john corbin says:

    My buddy if the owner of a ford dealership and a department over ordered 1 of these. Im getting it and im not a cop. $24k wasnt bad.

  • Eason foster says:

    My uncles car would dust that thing its slow cant y’all see that u need faster cars if u wanna catch anyone hello this is 2015 cars are faster than they were once before that’s all I have to say and if any cops see this use this advice

    • Additional speed isn’t what catches fleeing suspects. Coordinated response from multiple vehicles using advanced communications gear does more to catch a fleeing suspect than raw horsepower.

  • Colton Tossi says:

    Eason Foster: SUV’s are the way alot of agencies are choosing to go and for good reason…They have WAY more room and are able to carry way more gear which only helps LEO’s, there performance both on and off road and AWD capability.
    These Interceptor SUV’s will smoke the old Crown Vics from yesteryear and top out at around 150mph. They handle like a Charger or Interceptor to. There fast, get good mileage and the AWD and ability to go where sedans can’t is a huge benefit. Most agencies are getting a mixed batch of vehicles to and not just one.
    For example, Redmond PD in my area has Dodge Chargers, 2014 Ford Interceptor Sedans and Suv’s and a few undercover Tahoes.

    • Another benefit of SUV interceptors is that officers are able to look more closely down into cars (or over into trucks) to spot people texting while driving. Much harder to spot that from a regular sedan. If you ask me, that’s a good use of extra tax dollars to stop that type of activity from happening behind the wheel and putting lives at risk.

      • As far as catching people texting and driving, the San Bernardino (California) police have been standing on street corners with cardboard signs stating that the person is not homeless, but is an SBPD officer looking for cell phone and seat belt violations.

        I’ll take bets that their are people so intent on paying attention to their phones that they don’t read the sign that could keep them from getting a ticket.

  • Anonymous Officer says:

    I’m a police officer in a big city and will only drive these SUV. They are incredibly reliable, very quick, handle superbly. The AWD and pursuit package is absolutely amazing. This is by far the best police car I have ever driven to date.

  • I hope they don’t release the Interceptor until Ford works out the issues with the EcoBoost engine. With all the reports of problems in the F-150 since it was released, it needs to be fixed before our police forces start using it. Can you imagine their reaction if, under less than perfect conditions, the engine started acting up and went into Stumble Mode? What a potential fiasco for Ford, particularly after all the years of great service from the Crown Vic!

  • I remember when my first police car had a big engine , heater, no power steering and a radio that told you were to go. These new police cars are so nice you don’t mind working a overtime shift or two. Now if they were just bull it proof, maybe next years model.

  • The Ford Interceptor SUV as well as the Ford Interceptor and many other Ford, Mercury, Lincoln Vehicles are derived from Volvo’s P2 Platform. Back in the 1980’s the Volvo Tennis Tournament was held in North Conway, New Hampshire. The North Conway Police Department received one or more Volvo(s) to use as their police vehicles. It was weird to see a Volvo that said POLICE on the side with lights on top. I would have never guessed the majority of police vehicles in the country would someday be derived from a Volvo platform. Anyone that spent much time in or even driving through North Conway, NH during the 1980’s should remember this.


    Great SUV but my problem is that in Florida every police officer takes his car or SUV home with him. This seems like a big waist of money. You need three different car to cover just on days shift.

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