Ford’s 2020 Police Interceptor Utility is being hailed as the fastest production police vehicle in America.
Sometimes, in order to catch the bad guy, a police officer will need a fast vehicle. Historically, that meant a slightly-tuned version of a Crown Victoria, which wasn’t all that fast. But now Ford is making a brand new police utility vehicle based on the Explorer that’s been tweaked into becoming the fastest cop car of all time.
According to Michigan State Police (and Ford’s press release), the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor is the fastest cop car ever with a top speed of 150 mph. This was fast enough to even beat out competing V8-powered sedan police vehicles from other manufacturers, and even Ford’s own Interceptor sedan.
The 2020 police SUV is powered by a 3.0-L EcoBoost V6 with AWD, with an available hybrid powertrain to boot. Ford doesn’t disclose power ratings, but they said that it also has the fastest zero to sixty time, zero to 100 mph time, fastest lap, and fastest average lap of all police interceptors tested by the Michigan State Police.
Ford’s Hybrid SUV also performed well, achieving a top speed of 137 mph and beating out all other competing SUVs, but not competing sedans. The Hybrid was also able to beat out competing V8-powered SUVs for fastest 0-100 mph time, fastest lap time, and fastest average lap.
Currently, Ford holds the top spot for sold police vehicles, with 52% of all police SUVs sold being their Interceptor Utility model. Last year, Ford promised to beat their current 3.7-L V6 Interceptor with their new hybrid powertrain, and they’ve achieved that milestone with flying colors. The hybrid outperforms the outgoing 3.7-L model in all categories, but especially when it comes to fuel economy.
With an expected combined fuel economy of 24 mph (EPA-certification still pending), the hybrid Interceptor represents an efficiency gain of 40% over the previous model. That’s expected to save an average fuel cost of $3,500 per vehicle per year, and if gas prices remained the same as they are today, a total savings of $126 million over Ford’s entire fleet.
The new 2020 Police Interceptor Utility is available for order now, with deliveries starting next summer.