Ford is touting its 2021 F-150 Police Responder as “America’s Only Purpose-Built Pickup With Pursuit Rating”.
The next time you get run over, an officer may be driving a Ford pickup truck instead of a traditional “patrol car”.
Ford engine unveiled its new 2021 F-150 Police Responder on Tuesday before state and local government bid cycles were completed in the spring. Commercial vehicles such as police vehicles are the focus of the company under Ford boss Jim Farley, who took over the helm from Jim Hackett in October.
According to a spokeswoman for the automaker, the demand for a police version of the Ford F-150 has grown steadily since its introduction in 2017. It declined to disclose certain sales of the pursuit-rated pickup truck or Ford’s lineup of police vehicles.
Switching from police cars to commercial vehicles like pickups and SUVs is a major trend of automakers away from passenger sedans. Ford retired its last police car, a Ford Taurus, a few years ago. A police version of its Ford Explorer is now the best-selling model, according to the company.
2021 F-150 Police Responder
Police pickup is based on the consumer version of the truck, but includes special options and settings to accommodate “strict law enforcement” at speeds of up to 120 mph. The vehicle also has a new “police engine idling” with which officers can remove the keys from the ignition and leave the truck safely at the push of a button while the engine is running.
The new police pickup, like the consumer truck, offers remote or wireless connectivity as well as data and telematics analysis to support vehicle availability, operating costs and driving behavior. Customers can also choose to order a vehicle without a front console between the driver and passenger, which makes it easier for agencies to install their own department-specific consoles.