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.
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.
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.
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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