The 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder made its debut and is now available to state and local governments. The new F-150 Police Responder has some nice improvements, including an increased top speed (120 mph) and an automatic all-wheel drive mode with a torque-on-demand transfer case. Based on the SuperCrew platform, the F-150 Police Responder was launched in 2017 for overall positive reviews, but a few things needed improvement.
“Law enforcement agencies told us they would like to add F-150 Police Responder towing, transportation and off-road capabilities to their fleets, but they need more confidence in speed and handling,” said Greg Ebel, Police Vehicle Brand Manager at Ford. “Whether it’s suburban police, border guards, or rural sheriffs, officers never know where the job might take them, but the brand new F-150 Police Responder offers a pickup option that will get them there faster and more agile than ever before. “
Engine & powertrain
A 3.5 liter EcoBoost with 400 horsepower and 500 lb-ft. The torque lives under the bonnet of the 2021 F-150 Police Responder. The engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic, which Ford says is uniquely calibrated to meet law enforcement needs. Likewise, the 10-speed in the F-150 Police Responder can pick up speeds that are higher than those of a standard F-150.
The new Police engine idling The function is available for the 2021 F-150 Police Responder. With this function, the officer can remove the key from the ignition and leave the truck with the engine running. Lights and sirens continue to work as usual. Agencies can choose the type of key to operate their trucks – up to four conventional fleet keys per truck or four keyless trailers available.
Towing and payload capacity
The 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder is designed for police officers who can tow in any situation. This could include a boat or ATV for search and recovery operations, a horse trailer for specific patrols, or a mobile command center. When properly equipped, the new F-150 Police Responder can tow up to 11,200 pounds. and handle a maximum payload of 2,030 lbs.
The ones available Tow technology package adds a 360 degree camera, Trailer Reverse Guidance and Integrated Trailer Brake Controller.
Torque-on-demand transfer case
A new torque-on-demand transfer case includes a 4-auto mode with an electrically operated clutch. The system automatically adjusts torque as needed, so officers can focus more on driving than pushing buttons or turning a dial. On dry roads, the system defaults to a two-wheel drive mode, but avoids the “crow-hopping” that normally hinders a 4 × 4 vehicle. When officers encounter a situation in which the terrain suddenly changes, the 4-car system automatically transfers power to all four wheels at the same time.
“The 4-auto mode bridges the G between 2-high and 4-high, and as a result, you see performance improvements,” said Allen Magolan, integration manager for Ford Police Vehicles. “On a dry road, you see the real payoff as you can drive more speed around corners – a rare advantage in a pickup.”
Off-road tires & FX4 package
Goodyear LRC BSW Wrangler Enforcer (LT265 / 70R18) tires balance the F-150 Police Responder on a variety of surfaces. The standard FX4 package includes underbody protection plates, off-road shock absorbers, an electronically locking rear axle and hill descent control.
The 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder incorporates the latest technology for officers on patrol. The 8-inch touchscreen has an embedded modem that can receive wireless updates, while a separate 4-inch productivity screen in the instrument cluster forwards other vital vehicle data. The new driver assistance functions include a standard reverse-sensing system that emits an acoustic alarm if the truck accesses an object while reversing.
Ford’s Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert is also available. The Ford telematics system, a fleet management tool that departments can use to optimize running costs and plan maintenance, among other things.
Law enforcement agencies can select the “Erase Front Console” option to install a departmental center console. Otherwise, a new factory installed center console is available as part of the Interior upgrade packageplus a new one Indoor work surface This provides an adjustable flat surface for writing or working on the computer.
Manufacturing & Availability
The 2021 Ford F-150 Police Responder is assembled at the Kansas City assembly plant in Claycomo, Missouri. It will arrive in fleets later in the fall.
Carl Anthony is the Managing Editor of Automoblog and a member of the Midwest Automotive Media Association and the Society of Automotive Historians. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, past President of the Detroit Working Writers, and a loyal Detroit Lions fan.
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