Ford is rolling out a new line of vehicles for law enforcement, personnel, fire station chiefs, college police and many more public officials. It is a special service vehicle that uses the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. It is built to service the sector of non-pursuit-rated service that offers economy, enhanced durability that focuses on utility.
The center of this special service vehicle is the 240 horsepower 2.0-liter EcoBoost the produces 270lb.-ft. of torque. This combination puts the Ford EcoBoost in a great position market-wise to get city services and government agencies looking into putting the vehicle in the hands of the people who need it the most. This engine is the same engine that earned a spot in the “Ward’s Ten Best Engines” winner late last year in 2016. Ward’s can be quoted when Jonathon Honeycutt said “Not every police officer needs pursuit-rated vehicles, and as agencies look to replace older, less efficient V8-equipped cruisers with more efficient vehicles, Ford wants to offer the most efficient—yet still very capable—full-size police vehicle available.”
Now that the 2.0 Ecoboost has managed to offer better mileage that the Ford 3.5-liter, 3.5-liter EcoBoost and the 3.7-liter, it has been propelled into service at a rapid pace. The V6 engines are mainly used in the Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer vehicles. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is also used in the F-150. Even though the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is not used in pursuit vehicles, these non-pursuit vehicles are still equipped with the latest police type utility options. This includes the Active Grill Shutters that are designed by Ford. The purpose of the Active Grill Shutters is airflow management. When the vehicle is at high speeds, they start to close making the vehicle more aerodynamic.
Now the Ford lineup has 4 different powertrains to choose from depending on the main purpose of the Police Interceptor vehicle. Ford’s V6 engine now outperform the V8 engines of the past. Some of the Police vehicles now have an all-wheel drive option that really helps during pursuit situations in rain, sleet or snow. The options allow better budget management for the agencies. A 4-cylinder engine costs less to build and sell than a V6. Also, a front-wheel drive vehicle costs less than an all-wheel drive vehicle. Ford has always been used by different agencies nationwide and enjoyed great success with the government sector.
The government has to spread the budget between the big 3 automakers to make sure there is no favoritism and keeps the playing field level. Chevy and Chrysler also have increased the technologies in their utility vehicles to keep pace with market demand.