Police departments around the United States have been utilizing Ford Explorers for years as part of their fleets. They’ve always been a great compromise between say the Ford Crown Victoria and the Chevrolet Tahoe, another highly utilized police force SUV. We’re now rapidly coming up on 2011 and with that brings a newly redesigned Ford Explorer that promises not only better performance, but increased usability as well. The new Explorer still provides such features as off-road capability thanks to Ford’s AdvanceTrac all-wheel drive system (two wheel drive is also available), but the biggest change comes from under the hood. Producing at least 280 hp (according to Ford), Ford’s 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 will power the all new Explorer Interceptor and put power to the ground by way of a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Interior upgrades are pretty abundant as well and are well thought out to accommodate the rigors of law enforcement. The front seats for example contain less side bolstering so as to make room for an officer’s utility belts, plus the rear of the seats are also fixed with stab plates just in case some back seat passengers decide to get out of hand. The center console has been reworked in favor of a column mounted shifter and extra room has been added to make sure there is sufficient space for front seat mounted equipment and electronics.
Ford also stepped up to the plate in the electronics department by providing the Police Explorers with their fantastic SYNC system. This will allow officers to utilize a host of voice activated controls that can be programmed and remapped to operate multiple features. From a visual standpoint I wouldn’t exactly call the new 2011 Ford Police Interceptor Utility intimidating, but there is no doubt in my mind that if you see one coming up behind you that it will leave an impression.