Top Dog: 2020 Explorer is Law Enforcement’s First Choice… Again
There’s never a good time to run from the cops.
But if there was ever a worst-possible-time, it would be in 2019. It’s the vehicle you always drive slower around, just in case there are blaring blue lights behind those tinted windows.
The Ford Explorer has dominated America’s law enforcement vehicle market since 2012, and it doesn’t plan to ease up on its competition any time soon. Set to be the fastest cop car in America with a tested 150mph and twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter V-6, the Ford Police Interceptor Utility will be the first-ever pursuit-rated hybrid police SUV. And did we mention it outperformed the all-wheel Charger on braking? Just sayin’.
The 7-passanger Bronco-based SUV quickly gained popularity the minute it was produced in 1991. In fact, according to MotorTrend, Ford sold more than 300,000 units per year – passing both the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chevy S-10 Blazer. Of course, the Explorer has made some major modifications since the early 90’s, and based on the spy pics, major modifications since the 2019 model as well.
Designed and engineered on a new rear-wheel-drive platform, the next generation Explorer will mirror the Lincoln Aviator in offering a plug-in hybrid version of itself. It will feature a more jaunty exterior, a Ford classic mesh-esque grille, and sculpted LED fog lights.
The 2020 Explorer will be built at Ford’s Chicago assembly plant and will hit the showrooms before the summer of 2019. But mark your calendars folks, because the grand debut is happening on January 9th. Until then, we are left with spy pictures and speculation.
But one thing we know for sure is that 2019 will be a bad year to get in a high speed chase.