Deliberately built for the rough-and-tumble demands of law enforcement officers nationwide, Ford released the new 2021 F-150 Police Responder March 16. This truck is ideal for rural environments commonly found in sheriff departments, for moving officers and equipment to remote locations, or while on daily patrol.
New features include Police Engine Idle, which lets an officer remove the ignition key and securely exit the truck while the engine runs, without losing power to lights and sirens, and without anyone else stealing the truck.
Tech upgrades include standard SYNC® 4 with wireless software updates, plus available Ford Telematics™ – smart solutions designed to help reduce vehicle downtime and unscheduled maintenance so law enforcement fleets can stay on patrol. The system includes an eight-inch touch screen in the center stack and an embedded modem with wireless updates, allowing agencies to receive software updates and potentially avoid unplanned service or maintenance. An upgraded four-inch productivity screen in the instrument cluster is standard.
Under the hood is Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V-6, now making 400 horsepower and 500 lbs-ft of torque, 25 more hp and 30 more lbs-ft than the previous engine. Backing the motor is a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission which has been calibrated to withstand rigorous law enforcement use. “Set it and forget it” lives up to its name with a new, automatic four-wheel drive (4-Auto) mode with torque-on-demand transfer case adjusts torque to the front and/or rear wheels as needed to improve performance and handling on dry pavement and to give more traction on wet, slick or less stable surfaces.
The F-150 Pursuit is the only such rated truck on the market and uses the all-new F-150 Super Crew platform. The truck’s top speed is now 120 mph, 20 greater than the previous generation. A Class IV trailer hitch with 7,000-pounds of towing capacity is standard. There is an optional Trailer Tow Package rated for up to 11,200 pounds. Payload is 2,030 pounds.
An available Trailer Tow Package adds the convenience of Pro Trailer Backup Assist. The available Tow Technology Package adds a 360-degree camera, Trailer Reverse Guidance and integrated Trailer Brake Controller. Smart Trailer Tow Connector is standard on a Class IV hitch-equipped vehicles and adds Trailer Coverage to the available Blind Spot Information System.
Ford’s FX4 off-road package is standard. The FX4 package includes underbody skid plates, offroad-tuned shocks, electronic-locking rear axle and Hill Descent Control™ to help maintain speed while driving down an incline.
On high-friction surfaces such as dry pavement, the system runs in two-wheel drive for maximum performance and improved handling around corners, avoiding the “crow-hopping” that commonly slows a four-wheel-drive vehicle. If a pursuit shifts to slick or loose surfaces, the 4-Auto system, with its electrically actuated clutch, simultaneously directs power to all four wheels, allowing officers to remain focused on the job at hand.
“4-Auto mode bridges the gap between 2-High and 4-High, and you see performance improvements as a result,” said Allen Magolan, Ford police vehicles integration manager. “On dry pavement is where you see the real payoff, because it allows you to carry more speed when cornering – a rare benefit in a pickup truck.”
Putting that power to the ground or pavement are specially-developed Goodyear LT265/70R18 Wrangler Enforcer tires, the only all-terrain tires available on a pursuit-rated police vehicle. They can handle heat, fast acceleration, high speeds and aggressive cornering on pavement.
The truck features a 5-1/2-foot cargo box, a 145-inch wheelbase and 9.4 inches of ground clearance.
The lone interior color is Medium Earth Gray with police-grade, heavy-duty cloth. The updated, darker-colored interior, including police-grade heavy-duty cloth front seats, was influenced by officer input. It features built-in steel intrusion plates in both front seatbacks for officer safety, as well as red-and-white task lighting. LED police warning beacons are available pre-installed in red and blue, amber, or amber and white. The Super Crew cab seats five and offers most interior passenger volume of any pursuit-rated police vehicle.
Upfitting is made easy with features such as a front console-delete, universal top tray on the instrument panel and rear power lug. The 40-blank-40 front seat configuration lets agencies install their own department-specific center console. A new factory-installed center console is available as part of the Interior Upgrade Package, as is a new Interior Work Surface that provides an adjustable flat surface for writing or computer work.
When introduced in 2017 for the 2018 model year, the Ford F-150 Police Responder® was the first-ever pursuit-rated pickup truck to market, harnessing a revolutionary body-on-frame construction using high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy in its body and bed, bolted to a fully boxed high-strength steel frame.
Order banks open March 17, ahead of spring state and local government bid cycles. The F-150 Police Responder will be built at Ford’s Claycomo factory near Kansas City, Missouri, and will arrive in fleets by fall.
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