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Ford’s all-new Police Interceptor Utility, the industry’s first pursuit-rated hybrid SUV.

The Interceptor (we love that word) has improved performance, lower operating costs, improved pursuit performance and standard all-wheel drive. Ford plans to offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid for every new utility in North America. “We’re committed to electrifying vehicles for all customers, including law enforcement who need the high performance and low operating costs that Ford’s next-generation hybrids will excel at providing,” said Hau Thai-Tang, executive vice president of Product Development and Purchasing. “Standard all-wheel drive is important because crooks don’t stop when it rains.” While fuel economy certification isn’t complete, the Police Interceptor Utility hybrid is expected to have a projected EPA-estimated combined label of at least 24 mpg (US gallon) – approximately 40 percent improvement over the current 3.7-liter V6.

Ford says law-enforcement customers will save in fuel bills an estimated $3,200 per vehicle in yearly versus the current Police Interceptor Utility. Sales of Ford Police Interceptor Utility rose 5 percent in 2018, building on five straight years of sales growth and capturing 65 percent of the total U.S. police vehicle market. The new hybrid-powered Police Interceptor Utility also reduces engine idling time to save fuel when stationary. The Police Interceptor Utility hybrid is calibrated for law enforcement’s unique duty cycle. The utility automatically switches to maximum performance, with the engine and battery working at peak acceleration levels, when needed. In addition to improved performance and no trade-offs in utility, cargo and passenger space, the Police Interceptor Utility features exclusive 75-mph rear impact protection for safety. The all-new Ford Police Interceptor hybrid will be built at Ford Chicago Assembly plant and up-fitted at Ford’s Chicago Modification Center. It goes on sale next summer.

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