The Interceptor Utility - 2012 Ford Explorer Long-Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost: The Interceptor Utility

December 08, 2011

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I wish we got the Limited for the 20-inch wheels, because the 18's on our long-term 2012 Ford Explorer XLT EcoBoost look downright puny on this tall-sided SUV.

But if they're going be 18's, I'd rather they be the heavy duty steel wheels on the Ford Interceptor Utility (website here). Actually, if I were to purchase my dream Explorer, I'd love to get the whole Interceptor Utility, without the cop lights and markings of course.

Unfortunately you can't get the Ecoboost V6 on the Utility (only available as an option on the Interceptor Sedan), so you'll have to make do with the 3.7L flex-fuel V6 that pumps out 300 hp and standard AWD.

The Utility is lowered, so it looks better, and has heavy-duty police brakes, suspension, alternator, and cooling, all to withstand the punishment that you'll give it.

But the real reason I want this is because it looks mean.

Apparently you can't get a Tahoe with the police package, but maybe if we all rally we can get Ford to offer this to the public.

What do you think? Do you like it? (Hit the jump to the the Ford Interceptor Utility in action.)

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~6,300 miles

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