Ford’s 2020 Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid has arrived with up to 41% fuel savings over the conventional SUV.
Everyone wants to be greener these days--even police departments. Saving fuel means saving face as more and more local governments get on board with the fact that the Earth is getting hotter and it's up to all of us to stop it. But it’s also just good business as using less fuel means spending fewer dollars--something that every government can get behind.
So Ford is aiming at both spendthrift and carbon emission-conscious law enforcement agencies when it comes to the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient police SUV on the road.
The big deal here is an EPA estimated 23 mpg in the city 24 on the highway, and a combined 24 mph overall. That puts the Interceptor Utility Hybrid on par with some civilian vehicles and represents a 41% improvement over the conventional Police Interceptor Utility with its 3.7-L gas-burning engine.
Sales from this new hybrid sheriff can be anywhere from $3,500 to $5,700 per vehicle. If every Interceptor Utility sold in 2018 were the new hybrid model, that would equate to fleet-wide savings of between $118 and $193 million.
But just because this new SUV is a hybrid doesn't mean it can't catch bad guys. Ford's Interceptor Utility Hybrid is pursuit-rated and was previously shown in testing to be the second-fastest police SUV on the road, just behind the regular Ford Interceptor Utility equipped with the 3.0-L EcoBoost V6 engine.
New toys for 2020 include Police Perimeter Alarm which uses sensors to detect anyone approaching from a 270-degree area around the vehicle. If anyone is seen to be coming at the SUV, the system automatically rolls on the windows, locks the doors, sounds the alarm and activates a camera that tracks the assailant.
There's also some available driver-assistance tech too, including automatic emergency braking with pre-collision assist, pedestrian warning, and forward-collision warning. All of which can be turned off at the flick of a switch.
So far, Ford has sold 2,600 new hybrid police SUVs and hopes to sell many more. Orders are available now.