Fortunately – you won’t have to decipher between ski racks and light bars anymore. Unfortunately, you’ll now have to assume every Ford Explorer is an undercover officer even if it is a mom on her way to pick up the kids at soccer practice.
In an effort to truly make the police cruisers blend in, Ford has unveiled its new light bar – or lack thereof. The 2016 Ford Explorer used by police officers – its official name is the Police Interceptor Utility – has seamlessly integrated the once prominent lightbar into the lining of the roof of the Ford making it unnoticeable to commuters.
Ford is debuting Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights to complement the “no-profile” Front Interior Visor Light Bar on Police Interceptor Utility. The feature integrates bright LED lighting into the vehicle’s rear spoiler, providing law enforcement with a highly effective tool to alert drivers of emergency roadside situations while affording officers full visibility out the rear window. When deactivated, the lighting is difficult to detect for someone approaching the vehicle from the rear.
“Aftermarket light bars can impede visibility by hanging down over the glass,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Our fully programmable Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights are integrated into the spoiler, so agencies get their bright red, blue and amber LEDs with no compromise to rear visibility.”
Aftermarket products mount inside or outside the glass then extend into the rear window – impeding visibility. Ford’s warning lights free up that space for unimpeded rearward vision.
“Together with our front visor light bar, Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights offer a fully integrated solution for agencies wishing to minimize the presence of their police vehicles,” said Arie Groeneveld, chief program engineer, Ford police programs. “While signaling to drivers of an upcoming emergency situation, it constitutes a clear safety benefit for officers and the public.”
The feature can be ordered now for the 2017 Police Interceptor Utility. As with all Ford-provided police vehicle options, Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights come with a limited factory warranty.
You can read more about the Police cruisers provided by Ford from their Interceptor website. The 2016 lineup includes the sedan version (the common people’s Ford Taurus) and the Utility (our Ford Explorer). And, in case you’ve ever wondered the specs powering the Ford police lineup:
“The 3.7L V6 is standard on the sedan (305hp) and utility (304hp) models. Both naturally aspirated engines deliver 279 lb.-ft. of torque and feature Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing). They also offer the flexibility of operating on E85 fuel.”