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As is the way of things, when a civilian vehicle gets a significant update, it's only a matter of time before its police counterpart gets similar upgrades. In the case of the Ford Police Interceptor Utility, it's debuting with the same visual updates as the Explorer on which it's based, at this week's 2015 Chicago Auto Show.

Like the civilian-market Explorer, the PI Utility is available with a standard 3.7-liter V6 that pumps out 304 horsepower and 279 pound-feet of torque. The higher-caliber option is the tried and true 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, complete with 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The standard Explorer's optional 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, meanwhile, won't be offered to the boys in blue. Regardless of engine, the Utility enjoys standard all-wheel-drive, as well as a six-speed automatic transmission. The tranny's default setting is primarily for fuel sipping, although if it detects more aggressive inputs – based on brake line pressure, deceleration and lateral acceleration rates – it switches over to Pursuit Mode, offering officers snappier upshifts and more aggressive downshifts.
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The 3.7L is not available in civilian trim. Wish it was.

I was chatting with a couple of cops recently, and I could not help but notice how bulky all their gear was. I am just under 6', and these guys were tall, about 6'6" or so, and just generally big guys. With the vests and hardware, I would have to think they need these roomier CUV's instead of plopping down low into a sedan.
 

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The 3.7L is not available in civilian trim. Wish it was.

I was chatting with a couple of cops recently, and I could not help but notice how bulky all their gear was. I am just under 6', and these guys were tall, about 6'6" or so, and just generally big guys. With the vests and hardware, I would have to think they need these roomier CUV's instead of plopping down low into a sedan.
Not sure if you know or not but is there any reason why they don't offer the 3.7 standard instead of the 3.5?
 

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Ford Interceptor Utility Gets Facelift, New Features


Ford’s Interceptor Utility is being refreshed with new style and a handful of added features.

The Interceptor utility vehicle went on sale in 2012 and since then has captured 55 percent of the U.S. police vehicle market, Ford said today. The Dearborn-based manufacturer is the only company that offers a pursuit rated mid-size crossover.

Updates to the model include a more robust electrical system than can better distribute loads from the equipment police rely on along with a new instrument panel. Ford also updated the exterior design with a new front fascia and different headlights.
Read more about the Ford Interceptor Utility Gets Facelift, New Features at AutoGuide.com.
 
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