Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) has announced the first pickup truck particularly developed for police use. The new pickup truck, which is named as Ford F-150 Police Responder, is based on FX4 off-road truck. This new model comes up with a few additional features.
While most police vehicles are planned for use on highways and roads, the Police Responder pick-up is intended to chase bad guys through forest trails and deserts. With its powerful engine, police-calibrated brakes and advanced front stabilizer bar, it is even pursuit-rated up to 100 miles per hour on the street. Pursuit-rated indicates that the truck can continue with the same speed for a long period.
The new pickup truck can comfortably seat five, while offering capability in off-road patrol circumstances for officers in rural environments such as sheriff’s departments, Department of Natural Resources and border patrol operations use.
Inside, the gear selector is established on the steering column to make space for computers and other equipment. Moreover, the front seats show plates in the back to safeguard officers from being knifed by rear-seat occupants. The floor and back seats are roofed in heavy-duty vinyl so that bad messes can be cleaned up effortlessly. The Responder also boasts underbody skidplates to safeguard mechanical components from being smashed in off-road situations.
Ford already offers versions of both the Explorer SUV and the Taurus Sedan for police use, and recently introduced the preliminary pursuit-rated hybrid police car named the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, which is a type of the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The automaker also has a Prisoner Transport Vehicle, a unique version of the Ford Transit van tailored to shuttle inmates.
Lately, some police departments have drawn Ford Explorer-based police cars from service due to issues over carbon monoxide leaks. The company stated that it has not found any concerns pertaining to the design of the new Explorer, a vehicle that is mainly unrelated to the F-150.