Ford Police Interceptor, Now with More J Turns!

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2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

The big unveiling from the 2015 Chicago Auto Show for Ford is going to be an updated version of their Police Interceptor Utility based on the Ford Explorer. Since we have a new Ford Explorer coming, it makes sense for them to offer a new version of their cop car.

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

In addition to having cop brakes and cop suspension, the new Police Interceptor can either have a 3.7L V6 engine making 304 horsepower, or the 3.5L EcoBoost making 365 horsepower.

All-wheel drive is on tap for all-weather conditions. Everything is heavy duty to handle the rigors of police work.

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

Some cool new toys consist of a Surveillance Mode. Presumably using sensors for the rear cross traffic alert and rear parking, the system watches for people approaching the rear of the vehicle.

When someone approaches, all doors to the vehicle lock and it raises the driver’s window. This is to help protect the officer from being surprised. Ford is the first company to offer such a feature.

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

What’s more exciting for the enthusiast is Pursuit Mode. Similar to a sport mode on a normal car, the computer optimizes shift points and changes the engine characteristics to provide as much power as possible. But, looking closely pursuit mode also makes it easier for a police officer to perform the coolest cop trick ever; the J Turn.

The software is tuned to perform a reverse J-turn, which is when a reversing vehicle is spun 180 degrees and continues, face forward, without changing direction of travel.

Umm, yes please! We’ll be in Chicago checking out the new Police Interceptor, and if we get a chance to get one of these bad boys in for review, we’re definitely going to do it!

What do you think of law enforcement’s newest toy? Check out the gallery below and let us know in the forums!

via [Ford]

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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