Video: 2018 F-150 Police Responder

Ford has been on a roll lately, at least when it comes to trucks, SUV and police pursuit vehicles. Coming soon to a rear view near you, is the new pursuit-rated 2018 Ford F-150 Responder.

Calling it the first first pursuit-rated pickup, the 2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder will expand the Blue Oval’s fleet of police offerings now spanning a Hybrid Fusion based cruiser at the low end to an EcoBoost powered full-size pickup.

The 2018 F-150 Police Responder tops out the lineup with a number of tweaks and enhancements to make it truly pursuit rated. It all starts with a standard 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V6 and 10-speed automatic good for 375 horsepower.

With police-calibration, the pickup is performance rated for speeds up to 100 mph and has increased durability in its suspension and electrical system for hard use day in and day out.

The 2018 F-150 Police Responder starts with the FX4 off-road package then adds a specially calibrated brake system with upgraded calipers and pads. It has18-inch wheels, a modified heavy-duty suspension and all-terrain tires along with its standard four-wheel drive.

Coming exclusively with a 145-inch wheelbase and SuperCrew cab, the 2018 F-150 Police Responder offers the largest passenger volume, payload and towing capacity of any pursuit rated vehicle on the market.

It comes with an interior designed to meet the needs of law enforcement including a column shifter and then a center-seat delete. This allows for upfits and equipment that is added in later like computers, radios and firearm racks. Front seats are of a heavy-duty cloth and rear seating is vinyl as is the floor to make it easy to clean when customers are puking on it.

To run all the electronic equipment and lighting Ford added a high-output 240-amp alternator. The instrument cluster also gets a police-calibrated speedometer, as well as engine hour and engine idle hour meters.

While a pursuit-rated pickup truck might at first seem a silly notion, if you live in mountain, snow or rural areas you already see law enforcement using them as well as SUV’s like the Tahoe, Expedition and Explorer.

In the era of ever smaller front-wheel drive cars instead of large body on frame cruisers of old such as the Crown Victoria and Caprice, big heavy-duty pickups make sense in a lot of environments where terrain and weather require something more than the average hotted up rental car can handle.

The new 2018 Ford F-150 Police Responder will be showing up on a highway near you by year’s end so be on the lookout for that new silhouette in your rear view mirror.

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