Ford announces F-150 Special Services Vehicle for police, fleet customers

The F-150 pickup truck is looking for some government work.

Ford has announced a Special Service Vehicle (SSV) package for America’s best-selling vehicle, targeted at police, fire, emergency and commercial fleet customers.

It’s available as a no cost option on entry level XL F-150s and adds a 220-amp alternator for electronic accessories while deleting the center console to open up the area for aftermarket equipment and adding easy clean vinyl upholstery to the back seat.

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All other XL options can still be ordered on top of the package, including a choice of 5.0-liter V8 or 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engines, so vehicles can be configured to very specific organizational needs.

The F-150 XL isn’t pursuit-rated, but joins the Taurus-based Police Interceptor and Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility in the company’s law enforcement arsenal, and will go head to head with the recently announced Hemi-powered Ram Special Services Police Truck when the order book opens later this year.

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