The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker has unveiled the first-ever Police Pursuit version of its F-150 pickup, a 375-horsepower, four-wheel-drive crew cab developed specifically for agencies like the U.S. Border Patrol, sheriff’s departments and the fish and game authorities.
t’s based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, and comes standard with that model’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and a 10-speed transmission. The engine cranks out 375-horsepower and 470 pound feet of torque, which Ford says is more than any pursuit-rated police vehicle.
Ford already sells versions of both the Taurus Sedan and the Explorer SUV for police use, and recently unveiled the first pursuit-rated hybrid police car, the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, a version of the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Ford also sells a Prisoner Transport Vehicle, a specialized version of the Ford Transit van modified to shuttle inmates.
Ford hasn’t announced when the new pickups will begin landing at your local police departments and other government agencies, but let’s just hope the first time you see one in person isn’t in your rearview mirror with its lights flashing.