Ford set to debut 2016 Police Interceptor Utility at Chicago Auto Show

Ford set to debut 2016 Police Interceptor Utility at Chicago Auto Show

Automaker Ford is set to officially unveil its updated 2016 Police Interceptor Utility at the Chicago Auto Show. The new model of the Police Interceptor Utility has been developed by Ford with input from its Ford Police Advisory Board, which is focused on the business of fighting crime.

The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, which will be debuted at the auto show on Thursday, will boast a 3.7-liter V-6 engine, capable of delivering 304 horsepower and 279 lb.-ft. of torque. The vehicle will also be available in a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine variant, which can produce 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

According to Ford, the 2016 Police Interceptor Utility will feature the revamped styling of the Ford Explorer; and will also be equipped with a new instrument panel, custom-developed brakes, a heavy-duty suspension, as well as an improved electrical system.

Some of the other noteworthy features of the 2016 Police Interceptor Utility include the addition of Surveillance Mode technology to warn the driver when someone approaches vehicle’s back-side; a rear camera with washer, together with a 4-inch screen in the center stack; and a liftgate release switch to allow the rear liftgate mechanism to remain unlocked for 45 seconds before timing out.

In a press release pertaining to the 2016 Police Interceptor Utility, Jonathan Honeycutt - Ford North American marketing manager for Police Vehicles – said: "By listening to the Ford Police Advisory Board, we have engineered a vehicle that officers love."