The world premiere of the next-generation Ford Explorer crossover will take place on January 9th at a special event in Detroit, which will be held at the Ford Field stadium. The SUV will maintain its size and interior with three rows of seats, however it will be unified with the newly introduced Lincoln Aviator model, which is built on a new platform with a longitudinal engine and the main rear wheel drive. But a few days before the premiere, the company showed the world a model of the Ford Police Interceptor Utility, the police version of the new Explorer.
In fact, US police have encountered this car in the summer because Ford is now the leading car supplier for the local police service. Two thirds of the purchases represented the cars of this brand and the previous generation Ford Police Interceptor Utility crossover (based on the outgoing Explorer) accounted for more than half of the shipments in 2017!
The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility also points to the bestsellers of the police, and the company's main focus is a hybrid version with a V6 3.3 petrol engine and an electric motor. Of the characteristics, so far it has been given only fuel consumption: only 9.8 l / 100 km, ie the new crossover is 41% cheaper than the current Explorer with a 3.7 V6 engine (such engines were installed only on police cars). And in the "police mode" the savings should be even greater, because the patrol cars are in very neutral with the engine running, which consumes inactive fuel. Now this is not necessary, because the hybrid uses a lithium-ion battery to power the on-board devices. According to calculations fordovtsev, the new hybrid crossover will allow the police to save on petrol at least $ 3,500 a year.
In addition, Ford Police Interceptor Utility was also very fast. In a comparative test organized by the Michigan police department, the hybrid crossover proved to be faster than other cars supplied, including sedans with V8 engines. Compared to its predecessor, it is faster to earn 60 miles per hour (97 km / h), and at a speed of 100 miles per hour (161 km / h) takes it to 4.7 seconds. The maximum speed is 220 km / h.
However, there will be an even faster version with the EcoBoost 3.0 turbo engine, as well as the cheaper version with a naturally aspirated V6 3.3 without electric overhang. All police scouts have four-wheel drive and a "ten-speed" automatic. Apparently, a civilian model will have a similar range of propellers, but the basic versions will only have rear-wheel drive.
The police versions have a reinforced body, a more efficient cooling system, powerful brakes and simple molded wheels. In the case of a piston, an automatic braking system stop button is provided. The show, alas, is still classified, but the company said that in almost all sizes it will be more spacious than the previous model. The front seats of the police version are padded with durable fabric and the rear ones are finished with vinyl. Also, the backs of the front seats are made rigid so that the inmates sitting in the back can not pierce them with a knife.
And among the unique equipment is the perimeter alarm system of the police. Its sensors scan the space on the sides and behind the standing machine (the angle of coverage is 270 degrees), and if a movement is detected, the electronics warns the crew, automatically locks the doors and lifts the windows. Such a device can protect policemen from a sudden attack by intruders.
Ford has accepted orders for the new Police Interceptor Utility from the summer, but deliveries of live vehicles will start only in May 2019. Apparently, at about the same time, the new civil Ford Explorer will enter the American market, all the details we will know in a few days.