On Thursday in Dearborn, Mich., Ford unveiled the first-ever pursuit-rated pickup truck: the 2018 F-150 Police Responder.
While the Police Responder isn't quite as extreme as the F-150 Raptors used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, it should be enough to get the job done in all but the most extreme environments. The Police Responder is powered by a 3.5-liter Ecoboost V-6 making 375 horsepower and 475 pounds-feet of torque. That power is managed by a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, you'll find the civilian center console has been replaced by a console setup for the various devices law enforcement would use in the course of their duties. There's a 240-amp alternator underneath the hood to provide the necessary juice to keep all those electronics powered. Heavy-duty cloth covers the front seats, but the rear seats, as well as flooring in both the front and rear, wear vinyl coverings.
The F-150 Police Responder is designed for use by local police departments in rural areas, as well as for duties with border patrol where the Raptor isn't necessary, and fish and game authorities.
Check out our First Look at our sister site, PickupTrucks.com, for more on the 2018 F-150 Police Responder.