Ford revealed the first pursuit-rated pickup truck in the form of the 2018 F-150 Police Responder. Unveiled Thursday in Dearborn, Mich., the Responder gets 375 horsepower and 475 pounds-feet of torque from its 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, the most offered by any pursuit-rated police vehicle, according to Ford. It also can reach 100 mph.
Engineered for on- and off-road terrain, the Responder will be suitable for use in rural environments such as those patrolled by sheriff departments, border patrol or fish and game authorities.
The Police Responder is based on the F-150 FX4, which is a four-wheel-drive crew cab equipped with heavy-duty cloth seats, a center console delete, a column gear shifter, vinyl rear seating and heavy-duty vinyl flooring in front and back.
Under the hood, the Police Responder's down-rated twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost is mated to a 10-speed transmission. It also gets upgraded brake calipers, 18-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires and a full complement of underbody skid plating. Additionally, this police pickup will have a high-output 240-amp alternator to run the communications and database equipment different law enforcement agencies use.
There is no word about Ford offering a consumer version of this package.
Editor's note: This post was updated July 21, 2017, to correct the amperage of the alternator.