Look around just about any city in the U.S. and you’ll find a Ford Police Interceptor Utility. The Explorer derived cop car has proven popular with departments, but its gas mileage leaves much to be desired. Ford is aiming to resolve the gas mileage issue with the all-new 2020 model, which will include a hybrid variant.
Departments will have a couple different powertrain options with the 2020 model. The hybrid variant will utilize Ford’s 3.3-liter V-6 engine with an electric motor supplementing. Ford says this version will provide a 40-percent increase in fuel economy, jumping the average from today’s 17 mpg to 24 mpg.
While 24 mpg may now sound amazing by today’s standards, it’s worth mentioning that the Police Interceptor has about 1,700 pounds of additional equipment over the pedestrian 2020 Explorer. Basically, that number likely foreshadows even better fuel economy figures for the Explorer.
Both the Police Interceptor Utility and Explorer will be based on a new rear-wheel-drive architecture that is also underpinning the 2020 Lincoln Aviator. The Police Interceptor Utility will have standard all-wheel-drive, generally a requirement for duty.
Speaking of the 2020 Explorer, the above official image of the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility gives us a solid glimpse at what the new explorer will look like. The 2020 Ford Explorer is slated for reveal this coming week ahead of the Detroit Auto Show.