Explorer, Incognito: Ford Adds More Stealth to Its Police Interceptor

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
explorer incognito ford adds more stealth to its police interceptor

It’s getting harder and harder to recognize cop cars in your rearview mirror.

First, Ford dropped the long-serving Crown Victoria police cruiser, whose telltale headlights could be spotted from the moon, and now the rooftop light bar is fading into history.

Today, the Ford Motor Company announced a new factory option for the 2017 Police Interceptor Utility (aka a gussied-up Explorer) that places the front light bar inside the vehicle, near the top of the windshield.

The option allows police vehicles to keep a low profile, in every sense of the word.

“Today, agencies typically use aftermarket interior visor light bars that are somewhat bulky and can obstruct the field of vision – especially for taller officers,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford’s police marketing manager for North American fleet operations, in a statement.

The light bar is a slim unit that mounts where the headliner and windshield meet. To improve visibility of the lights, the tinted windshield strip is eliminated in vehicles with this option.

Besides the alternating blue and red that ensures drivers’ hearts skip at least one beat, the bar has white light capability for illuminating scenes where you — yes, you — might be in need of arrest. The bar is also programmable for just-red and just-blue operation.

If you spent years feeling confident that a roof bar or amber parking lights set inboard of the headlights would help you spot The Man before and after dark, your life just became more uncertain.

[Images: Ford Motor Company]

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  • Higheriq Higheriq on Apr 08, 2016

    Here in my southern town, the local cops are know to drive whatever they confiscate: late model Caddys, Silverados, Yukons (I guess because they aren't Tahoes), and believe it or not, Challengers. This is in addition to the standard Chargers and Tauri. Obviously they enjoy keeping the citizenry confused.

  • Npaladin2000 Npaladin2000 on Apr 08, 2016

    Oh look, it's still got those special "cop steelie" style wheels. Who needs to look at the roof?

  • Alan I would think Ford would beef up the drive line considering the torque increase, horse power isn't a factor here. I looked at a Harrop supercharger for my vehicle. Harrop offered two stages of performance. The first was a paltry 100hp to the wheels (12 000AUD)and the second was 250hp to the wheels ($20 000 (engine didn't rev harder so torque was significantly increased)). The Stage One had no drive line changes, but the Stage Two had drive line modifications. My vehicle weighs roughly the same as a full size pickup and the 400'ish hp I have is sufficient, I had little use for another 100 let alone 250hp. I couldn't see much difference in the actual supercharger setup other than a ratio change for the drive of the supercharger, so that extra $8 000 went into the drive line.
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  • Johnny ringo It's an interesting vehicle, I'd like to see VW offer the two row Buzz in the states also.
  • Chuck Norton And guys are having wide spread issues with the 10 speed transmission with the HP numbers out of the factory......