New crossover shifts to an all-new rear- and all-wheel drive platform
The wraps have come off the Ford Police Interceptor Utility, giving the world its camouflage-free look at the 2020 Ford Explorer.
Thanks to the car's black paint job, as well as its police livery, lighting and bull bar, a lot of Explorer's styling details are obscured from view.
Despite that, we can see the new Explorer sticks pretty closely to the styling template laid out by today's car. The biggest deviation comes up front where slimmer headlights and a grille similar to the one on Endura, give the vehicle a more car-like appearance.
While the outgoing Explorer sat on the same Volvo-derived front- and all-wheel drive platform as the Ford Taurus, the new Explorer uses a new rear- and all-wheel drive platform engineered around its hybrid battery pack.
This architecture got its first outing when the Lincoln Aviator was unveiled late last year.
Ford has confirmed the police crossover will have a hybrid drivetrain with a 3.3-litre V6 as standard. The company says the car's lithium-ion battery should greatly reduce fuel bills as officers often keep their cars at idle for long periods of time.
Law enforcement can also opt a non-hybrid 3.3-litre V6, and a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6. All variants will have a 10-speed automatic and all-wheel drive as standard.
These drivetrain options, and more, should be available on civilian versions of the crossover.
Two drivetrains have been confirmed for the Aviator so far. Entry- and mid-range models will use a 298kW/542Nm 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 hooked up to a 10-speed automatic and either rear- or all-wheel drive.
Top-spec variants add plug-in hybrid components to the twin-turbo V6 for rough total of 335kW of power and 815Nm of torque.
Available features in the new Ford Police Interceptor Utility include a built-in a telematics setup for improved fleet management, and a new perimeter alert system, which monitors a 270-degree area around the car.
When a threat is detected, a sound will chime, the doors are locked and the windows roll up automatically, and the rear camera display is turned on.
Deliveries of the Police Interceptor Utility begin some time this year.