Hot Fuzz: Ford Unveils 2018 Special Service Vehicles

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Special Service Vehicles

Expect to see Ford’s 2018 F-150 and Expedition Interceptors in your rear view mirror very soon.

Or, hopefully not. Ford has been building kick-ass Special Service Vehicles for our boys in blue for quite some time now. In recent years, SUVs and trucks are seeing more and more use by law enforcement, government, and fleet customers over traditional sedans. They provide not only performance, but greater capacity, towing, and the ability to go virtually anywhere.

Ford wasted no time introducing SSV versions of both of its new 2018 trucks: the F-150 and Expedition. The Police Interceptor Utility Explorer has enjoyed tremendous success since its introduction, becoming the best-selling law enforcement vehicle in the country. As a result, Ford’s introduced newer and more capable versions.

As you would imagine, these trucks are equipped with some pretty special stuff that separates them from our basic civilian vehicles. Ford won’t dive into specifics in regards to engine modifications, only saying that both have “upgraded powertrains.” Both the F-150 and Expedition SSV come equipped with the new 3.5-liter Ecoboost V6, with the new 5.0 liter V8 available in the F-150 SSV.

The F-150 SSV is available in XL trim in SuperCab, or SuperCrew configuration with two or four-wheel drive. Both trucks come equipped with the new 10-speed automatic transmission as well. The Expedition SSV uses an electronic limited-slip differential with 3.73:1 gearing, and both carry the new Stop/Start feature we’ll see in regular production models.

The new Ford SSVs also come equipped with a 240-amp alternator to handle all the additional lights and electronics you’ll find in a police car. In addition 40/blank/40 seats replace the stock 40/20/40 seats, with the center section removed for easy customization. Of course, the rear seat and flooring are both vinyl to make cleaning up a day’s worth of various bodily fluids a snap.

You can expect to see Ford’s new Special Service Vehicles out fighting crime by the end of the year.

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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