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New Ford Interceptor Data Previews 2020 Explorer

New Ford Interceptor Data Previews 2020 Explorer

Ford Motor Company has yet to offer any details regarding the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer. Their silence hasn’t translated to third parties though, including the Michigan State Police, who have published data suggesting the new Explorer is going to be quite fast.

The state policy agency has tested several 2020 model cop cars, including the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor SUV, which is the police version of the Explorer. The data shows the Interceptor will be powered by three different powertrains. Two of the powertrains will use Ford’s 3.3-liter V-6, both in traditional gas and hybrid variants. These variants 60 mph in 7.84 and 7.27 seconds, respectively.

Ford’s new Interceptor is also offering a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6, which the agency says will go zero to 60 mph in an impressive 5.77 seconds. In fact, this version will hit 100 mph in 13.59 seconds. It’s top speed of 150 mph is also the best of pack in this test, the data of which can be found over at Motor Trend.

The all-new Explorer is slated to rollout as a 2020 model on an all-new rear-wheel-drive platform shared with the upcoming Lincoln Aviator. If the Interceptor’s performance data shown above is any indicator, it’s safe to assume the new bones are going to yield a far more athletic Explorer than today’s version.

Expect the new Explorer’s design to also look similar to the above rending Ford released of the 2020 Interceptor SUV.





 

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  1. donmateo





    Quote Originally Posted by arutherford
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    I bet you would find a lot of officers would disagree.




    The city used to only use Crown Vics, so I think they could make due. A Tahoe is overkill for every single municipal unit. They have specialty vehicles in addition to their regular fleet. I can't see a reason that they couldn't use an Explorer when the neighboring municipality, the County & the State have all chosen that option.
    arutherford





    Quote Originally Posted by donmateo
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    I live in a city where every single police car is a Tahoe, which is entirely unnecessary for urban/suburban patrol. The Sheriff & State use Explorer/Taurus models exclusively. It's bizarre, but it would be nice to have a Traverse size PPV.




    I bet you would find a lot of officers would disagree.
    adk024





    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew_L
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    Tahoe is much bigger compared to the Durango and Explorer too. Makes me wonder if they'd ever consider a Traverse PPV.




    Possibly, but if they could get the Tahoe to boogie like the other 2, and get equal FE, then the added size would be a huge advantage. They don't have to leap frog the Durango or Explorer, just get competitive.
    Andrew_L






    Quote Originally Posted by adk024
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    First the Durango, now this. GM really needs a RWD based CUV somewhere in the line up. I know they are all in on the Tahoe PPV, but still, the unibodies are kicking ass in the "on-paper" specs. Tahoe better start picking up some advancements soon if GM is going to stick with it.




    Tahoe is much bigger compared to the Durango and Explorer too. Makes me wonder if they'd ever consider a Traverse PPV.
    Tone
    Starting to wonder what the consumer Explorer ST will be like. Seems like a capable platform.
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