Ford has rolled out the industry’s first pursuit-rated pickup, the 2018 F-150 Police Responder. Capable of speeds up to 100 mph, the F-150 Police Responder features a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and Ford SelectShift 10-speed transmission, plus four-wheel drive for tracking down the bad guys on all types of terrain. The truck offers 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque – more than any other pursuit-rated police vehicle. It’s ideal for rural environments patrolled by sheriff’s departments, border patrol operations and fish and game authorities.
Based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, the Police Responder’s 145-inch wheelbase sits on a steel frame, and features Ford’s aluminum-alloy SuperCrew body giving it the largest passenger volume, payload and towing capacity of any pursuit-rated police vehicle. The truck features plenty of front and rear shoulder and hip room, as well as rear legroom.
“Ford’s 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the perfect all-terrain law enforcement vehicle,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police brand marketing manager. “Aside from its industry-first on-road pursuit capability, 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-inch 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 240-amp alternator is included to support on-board electrical devices, along with a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters. Underbody skid plates protect the truck from curbs and rough terrain. A standard class IV hitch gives F-150 Police Responder best-in-class towing capability of 7,000 pounds.
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