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2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Barrels Into Chicago

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/11/2015 Kelly Pleskot
2016 Ford Police Interceptor© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Police Interceptor

You may still see plenty of black-and-white Crown Victorias around town, but since 2012, Ford's Police Interceptor Utility has stolen the spot as the best-selling vehicle for police work, according to the Blue Oval. Now, Ford is debuting an updated 2016 model at the Chicago auto show.

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The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility remains the only pursuit-rated midsize SUV and offers a slew of new technologies and features for the new model year. Along with a stealthier lighting system and a redesigned exterior, Ford also put in a new instrument panel and an improved electrical system that distributes electrical loads more efficiently. Ford also added a feature that allows front occupants to release the liftgate for 45 seconds for easy but safe access to the cargo area.

2016 Ford Police Interceptor© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Ford Police Interceptor A rear camera with washer, paired with a 4-inch screen in the center stack, is standard for the new model year. As an option, the image in the rearview cam can be linked with the rearview mirror. Available Surveillance Mode automatically locks all doors when it detects someone approaching the rear of the car. Ballistic shields in the driver and passenger doors, as well as available blind spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert systems, also help keep officers and passengers safe.

Just about every element of the Ford Police Interceptor Utility has been built to withstand rigorous police driving -- a beefed-up suspension, stronger tires, custom brakes, and 18-inch steel wheels with ventilation to cool the brakes. The SUV's six-speed transmission has a Pursuit Mode, which activates automatically when it detects aggressive driving and is tuned to perform a reverse J-turn. The engines, including a standard 304-hp 3.7-liter V-6 and an optional 365-hp 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, have been calibrated to meet certain standards for aggressive driving, braking, acceleration, pursuit driving, and top speed. Unlike other police cars, all-wheel drive is standard on Ford's police options.

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Barrels Into Chicago

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