Dearborn, Michigan – Walk around the parking lot of any police station in the country, and you’ll see a lot of pickups in the employee parking lot. Okay, this is America, and you’ll see a lot of pickups in just about every employee parking lot in the country, but the percentage is likely to be a bit higher at police stations.
Ford’s latest vehicle will make a lot of those cops who drive trucks as their personal vehicles feel more at home. The 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the auto industry’s first pursuit-rated pickup, giving police the opportunity to chase criminals while maintaining plenty of cargo space.
Ford isn’t exactly new to non-traditional pursuit vehicles. A police version of its Explorer SUV – the Interceptor SUV – is a popular option for police departments, and it also carries a pursuit rating.
Capable of speeds up to 100mph, the F-150 Police Responder features a 3.5L EcoBoost engine (an engine option for the Interceptor SUV) and 10-speed transmission, plus four-wheel drive. The 375hp and 470 lb-ft of torque are slightly higher than Interceptor SUV ratings – Ford has offered more power from the same engines in its trucks for years as the pickups have drivetrains capable of handling more engine output. Those power boosts for the F-150 make in the most-powerful mainstream police vehicle offered.
The police truck comes in the SuperCrew body style – the largest cab option Ford offers, creating rear-seat room for passengers who may not to be happy to get a ride on a souped-up pickup.
Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police brand marketing manager, says, “This purpose-built pickup can comfortably seat five, while providing capability in off-road patrol situations for officers in rural environments patrolled by sheriff’s departments, border patrol operations, and the Department of Natural Resources.”
Additional F-150 Police Responder performance enhancements include a police-calibrated brake system with upgraded calipers and pad friction material, upgraded front-stabilizer bar for improved braking and handling, and 18” alloy wheels with all-terrain tires. An upfit-ready interior features a column shifter with center-seat delete, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating, and heavy-duty vinyl flooring for easy cleanup.
A high-output 240A alternator supports on-board electrical devices. Underbody skid plates protect the truck from curbs and rough terrain. A standard class IV hitch gives F-150 Police Responder towing capability of 7,000 lb.