Truck the Police: Ford unveils pursuit-rated 2018 F-150 Police Responder

Ford F-150 Police Responder

The 2018 Ford F-150 Police Responderâ„¢ is the first-ever pursuit-rated pickup truck to market and will be available next spring. Ford says it has not found any issues related to the design of the Explorer, a vehicle that is largely unrelated to the F-150.

F-150 Police Responder joins the broadest lineup of law enforcement vehicles in the industry. It's got four-wheel drive for all-terrain performance, a police-calibrated brake system, 375 horsepower and 470 lb. -ft. of torque, which is more than any other pursuit-rated police vehicle. It will be able to hold its own over any terrain thanks to underbody skid plates and 18-inch alloy wheels with all-terrain tires. If you're wondering how a truck with a 145-inch wheelbase will weave in and out of traffic or if you're curious about the need for a police vehicle to have 7,000 pounds of towing capacity, chances are pretty good you won't see one of these bad boys patrolling your neighborhood anytime soon.

It boasts the new ten-speed automatic transmission, and has mechanical enhancements for durability for long, high-speed pursuits - the main difference between the new Police Responder and the already in use F-150 Special Service Vehicle.

The capabilities of the F-150 Police Responder will be tested this year by both the Michigan State Police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office, and is slated to formally launch early next year, when it will no doubt make its presence felt on back roads and snow-covered highways across the country. An upfit-ready interior features a column shifter with center-seat delete, heavy-duty cloth front seats with slim bolsters and anti-stab plates, vinyl rear seating, and heavy-duty vinyl flooring for easy cleanup.

A 240-amp alternator is included to support on-board electrical devices, along with a police-calibrated speedometer, and engine hour and engine idle hour meters. Still, it's for very different purposes.

"Ford's 2018 F-150 Police Responder is the ideal all-terrain law enforcement vehicle", said Stephen Tyler, Ford's police brand marketing manager.