The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor has made its debut this afternoon at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show. The new cruiser, based on the refreshed 2016 Ford Explorer, will be available with a choice of either a 3.7-L naturally-aspirated V6 or the monstrous EcoBoost V6.
Watch the LIVE-STREAM debut of the 2016 Ford Police Interceptor at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show (CAS2015), courtesy of the TFLnow live-stream channel.
The 2016 Ford Police Interceptor is based on the face-lifted 2016 Ford Explorer that was unveiled at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The police version is appropriately beefed up and comes with a choice of two engines: the 3.7L naturally aspirated V6 with 304 horsepower and 279 lb-ft of torque, or the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 with 365 horses and 350 lb-ft of torque. It comes standard with all-wheel-drive and the 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.3L EcoBoost from the Explorer did not make the cut.
The steering and suspension components are reinforced for more extreme usage. The transmission has an automatic “Pursuit Mode”. When it senses aggressive throttle application, the transmission changes character to a performance mapping and firmer gear changes. The gear shifter is column mounted to allow more space for the additional controls on the center console.
It also has an interesting “Surveillance Mode”, which assists the officers in a stake-out situation. If the system senses someone approaching from behind, all windows will roll all the way up and doors will automatically lock.
Check out this TFLcar “almost everything you ever wanted to know” video on the 2016 Ford Explorer: