Ford F-150 Police Responder joins the fleet next spring

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Ford has been extremely rude lately developing a new generation of police pursuit vehicles, and now it's introduced the F-150 Police Responder. From its Police Responder Hybrid Sedan - the 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, Ford offers the right vehicles for a variety of law enforcement needs.

Ford says this truck has the largest passenger volume, payload and towing capacity of any pursuit-rated police vehicle.

Providing the highest horsepower and greatest torque of any pursuit-rated police vehicle, the engine generates 375 horsepower and a muscular 470 lb. -ft. of torque.

With an all-terrain four-wheel drive system, underbody skid plates and all-terrain tires, the vehicle is ready to rescue distressed campers and bust backwoods parties thrown by trespassers.

Perhaps one of the more telling pieces of information is that Ford has opted to use the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 coupled with the 10-speed automatic transmission. A standard class IV hitch gives F-150 Police Responder best-in-class towing capability of 7,000 pounds. There's seating for five, while the cabin has been pared back. The floors are heavy-duty vinyl too, for easy cleaning. There's also a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters.

Ford expects it to be popular with not only rural sheriff's departments but for border patrol operations and among the Department of Natural Resources when it hits the streets this fall. We've reached to clarify what, exactly, it takes to be pursuit-rated and will update when we hear.

Indeed, Ford's upcoming Police Responder Hybrid Sedan pitches its gas-electric powertrain specifically as a way to avoid burning unnecessary fuel while the auto is idle.

The 2018 F-150 Police Responder will go on sale in the spring of 2018.

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