The next-generation Ford Explorer will be very quick, if the police version is any indication. The 2020 Police Interceptor Utility, based off the next-gen Ford Explorer, is now the quickest cop car in the U.S., according to preliminary data from the Michigan State Police.
Although Ford hasn’t spilled the beans on the new Explorer, the Interceptor gives us our best look yet at the upcoming SUV as well as information on what will be under the hood of the civilian version. The cop car offers a 3.3-liter V-6, as well as a hybrid variant. These models hit 60 mph in 7.84 seconds and 7.27 seconds, respectively, according to police data. Both these vehicles are paired with all-wheel drive.
But it was the Interceptor’s available 3.0-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 that creams the police car competition. This all-wheel-drive Interceptor recorded the quickest 0-60 and 0-100 mph times of any other police vehicle tested, accelerating in 5.77 seconds and 13.59 seconds, respectively. It also clocked the quickest lap and quickest average lap. The Interceptor’s top speed is 150 mph, besting all entries again.
Here’s how the Ford stacks against its rivals:
The new Interceptor also previews design changes we’ll see on the new Explorer. From this teaser image provided by Ford, which we brightened to reveal more of the SUV, we can see the front fascia has changed, particularly the shape of the headlights.