Ford Police Interceptor Utility Gets Subtle “No Profile” Light Bar
Making it even tougher to spot the 5-0 in your rearview mirror.
Is that a regular SUV behind you or a Ford Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility? Now it will be even tougher to tell, as Ford is introducing an integrated "No Profile" light bar that subtly hides at the top of the cop SUV's windshield.
Internally mounted light bars are nothing new for police vehicles attempting to keep a lower profile than the traditional roof-mounted lights, but Ford says that aftermarket solutions aren't ideal for several reasons. First, they are sometimes mounted so low on the windshield that they can't always been seen in a car's rearview mirror, and second, they can obscure the vision of taller police officers.
Ford's solution is extremely slim and mounts at the very top of the windshield, above the rearview mirror. The windshield also does away with the usual dark tint at its uppermost reaches, which can otherwise obscure an aftermarket light bar. The lighting setup meets all applicable regulations and can be programmed for various different flashing modes, and also has an auto-dimming feature to reduce its brightness by 20 percent.
"This extremely low-profile unit is fully integrated where the headliner and top of the windshield meet, for tremendously improved driver visibility versus aftermarket alternatives," Ford police marketing manager Stephen Tyler explained in a statement.
The integrated light bar is available now on the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. The Explorer-based pursuit vehicle comes with a 304-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 engine or a 365-hp, 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6, and is offered with features like heavy-duty brakes, tougher wheels, ballistic-resistant door panels, upgraded cooling and charging systems, and special underbody skid plates.