Whether its a low or high range offence Ford’s new F150 Police Responder has got it covered.
The Responder is billed as the industry’s first, pursuit-rated ute and will give law enforcement, designed to give police a more versatile and capable patrol vehicle.
Capable of speeds up to 160km/h, the all-new F-150 Police Responder features a powerful and efficient 3.5-litre tubocharged petrol V6 under the bonnet.
It’s hooked up to Ford’s new 10-speed auto, with the addition of four-wheel drive in case the baddies decide to go bush.
The V6 is good for 280kW and 637Nm of torque, more than any other pursuit-rated police vehicle.
Based on the F-150 FX4 off-road model, the Police Responder’s 3683mm wheelbase sits on a high-strength steel frame and features Ford’s high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy SuperCrew body – giving it the largest passenger volume, payload and towing capacity of any pursuit-rated police vehicle.
“Ford’s 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the perfect all-terrain law enforcement vehicle,” Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police brand marketing manager, said (not the Aerosmith frontman).
“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 enhancements include a police-calibrated brake system with upgraded calipers and pad friction material, upgraded front-stabiliser bar for improved braking and handling and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires.
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 kerbs and rough terrain.
A standard class IV hitch gives F-150 Police Responder best-in-class towing capability of 3.2 tonnes.
The new F-150 Police Responder joins an already impressive range of law enforcement vehicles.
The range includes the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan (first pursuit-rated hybrid police vehicle) and market-leading Police Interceptor Sedan and Utility, to the Special Service F-150 and Expedition, Special Service Police Sedan and Transit Prisoner Transport Vehicle.