POLICE Magazine

FEB 2019

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30 POLICE FEBRUARY 2019 Hammer says he realizes officers are not going to want to surrender any control of the vehicles they drive and he empha- sizes that Chev y's new safety features can be easily overridden by the driver. "If you are actively steering and braking, you are in control," he says. Chev y also knows there are times when officers need to collide with another vehicle such as in a PIT maneuver. "If you are accelerating or braking, then the active braking will not engage," Hammer says. e safety options on the Tahoe PPV are nominally priced. Hammer said last year that Chev y intentionally kept the safety package affordable to make it available to more officers. Dodge T he big news from Dodge for 2019 is the first full model year of the Durango. Dodge entered the pursuit-rated SUV mar- ket midway through last year with the 2018 model. One big change between the 2018 Durango Pursuit and the 2019 models is that buyers now have a choice of engines. e 2018 was released with one engine, the 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI. e 2019 is available with the HEMI or with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. Dodge says the 5.7-liter HEMI generates a "best in class" 360 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. e 3.6-liter Pen- Police Responder). For 2019, the big news is the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility hybrid. At last fall's 2019 Michigan State Police test, the 2020 PI Utili- ty hybrid exhibited blistering speed for an SUV. It topped out at 137 mph, accelerated from 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds, and from 0-100 mph in 17.7 seconds. "With hybrids people are used to making some kind of tradeoff; I can be green or I can do this," says Stephen Tyler, Ford Police brand marketing manager. "e most exciting thing about this vehicle is there are no tradeoffs. You don't lose any interior passenger or cargo room. You get greater horsepower, torque, and top speed. In addition, you get significant fuel economy. e days of 'or' are behind us. ese are the days of 'and.'" Fuel savings from the hybrid PI Utility are significant. Ford says the combined highway and city MPG is 24 compared with 17 for the 2018, a 40% increase in mileage. But increased MPG is not the only way the hybrid PI Utility can save agencies on fuel costs. e real fuel expenditure in law enforcement patrol operations is leaving the vehicle running while it's parked at a scene so that it can keep the battery charged to run lights, ra- dios, air conditioning, computers, and other stuff that draws current. e PI Utility hybrid can do that without the engine running. It uses the hybrid batteries and if the charge starts to get low on the bat- teries it will run the engine just long enough to give them a boost. Ford calculates that the savings over idling a gas engine combined with the MPG increase will save agen- cies that adopt the PI Utility hybrid $3,500 per vehicle per year. In addition to performance and fuel savings, the 2020 PI Utility hy- brid offers a variety of officer safety features, including: * Factory-installed Police Perim- eter Alert, which uses sensors to monitor an approximately 270-de- gree area around the vehicle. It detects nearby movement to alert officers of any suspicious activi- ty. When such motion is detected, the system automatically turns on the rear camera, sounds a chime, rolls up the windows, and locks the doors. Available driver-assist technology includes Pre-Collision Assist with automatic emergency braking, which features Pe- destrian Detection and forward collision warning. Additional optional equipment includes Rear Camera On-Demand, which allows officers to view behind the vehicle at the touch of a but- ton, and factory-installed and factory-sealed wiring and light- ing packages. e 2020 PI Utility is also equipped with a Ford modem and two years of complimentary Ford Telematics service, offering fleet managers timely feedback of vehicle usage and location. e 2020 PI Utility is offered with a standard 3.3L hybrid, plus available 3L EcoBoost and 3.3L V-6 engines. All are pow- ered by a new 10-speed automatic transmission and feature standard full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive and deep snow/ sand traction control mode. tastar is rated at 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. At last fall's Michigan State Police testing the V-8 HEMI ver- sion of the Durango Pursuit achieved a top speed of 118 mph. Its acceleration was equally impressive reaching 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds and 0 to 100 mph in 18.3 seconds. (You can read more about the 2019 Durango Pursuit on page 32 of this issue of POLICE.) In addition to the Durango Pursuit, Dodge is offering three pursuit-rated Chargers for 2019, the 3.6-liter RWD, the 5.7-liter RWD, and the 5.7-liter AWD. Ford S ince 2017 Ford has been marketing some of the most inno- vative vehicles in the history of law enforcement, including the first pursuit-rated hybrid sedan (the Police Responder), the first pursuit-rated hybrid SUV (the 2020 Police Interceptor Util- ity hybrid), and the first pursuit-rated pickup truck (the F-150 Patrol Vehicles 2019 PHOTO: GENER AL MOTORS Chevrolet

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