If you ask Ford what to call its SUV police car, the answer wouldn’t be "Explorer Police Car" — even though, for all intents and purposes, that’s precisely what it is: an Explorer that’s been modified for police use. Instead, Ford calls it the Police Interceptor Utility (contrasting the Police Interceptor, which is a modified Taurus sedan) — and they’ve just revealed an all-new model.
In doing so, Ford has also revealed the all-new Explorer, which is going to be officially shown later this week at the Detroit Auto Show. That’s because sharp-eyed industry observers recognized that the new Police Interceptor Utility is essentially the new Explorer — meaning photos of Ford’s new police car basically reveal what the new Explorer is going to look like, provided that you can imagine it without the police graphics on the side and the light bar on the roof.
Of course, these images aren’t particularly surprising to anyone who’s been following Lincoln lately, because the new Explorer will share its basic structure with the new Lincoln Aviator — and that means its basic design, sizing and styling, though the Aviator will have a different, more upscale look. For this reason, nobody was surprised when Ford said the Police Interceptor Utility would be heading to a rear-wheel drive-based chassis (though all Police Interceptor Utility models will reportedly be all-wheel drive), since that detail was already revealed with the arrival of the Aviator.
Still, the arrival of the new Police Interceptor Utility, and thus the new Explorer, is a big deal, because this is one of the most popular vehicles on sale today — so it’s interesting to take a look at it and note some major changes, like a new front end, a longer overall look and some other big updates that highlight the first all-new Explorer since the current model debuted way back in 2013.