Ford has announced its all-new F-150 Special Service Vehicle with a hybrid engine option.
“We build the F-150 SSV specifically to support the behind-the-scenes work law enforcement and city agencies do every day to keep communities running smoothly,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “You might find our SSV towing boats for waterfront patrols or hauling firefighters and gear off-road during wildfire events. It’s a great tool for getting work done and the new capabilities built into our truck expand its capability.”
The all-new F-150 has the most available towing, payload, torque and horsepower of any light-duty full-size pickup, Ford says. It introduces all-new features to increase customer productivity, has new connected vehicle innovations such as over-the-air updates that help keep F-150 at the forefront of purposeful technology and offers an available all-new 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid powertrain with an integrated power generator called Pro Power Onboard.
The all-new F-150 SSV starts with a durable, proven foundation – a fully boxed, high-strength steel frame with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body. It is available in F-150 XL SuperCrew configuration, with the option of the 5.0L V8, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, or all-new 3.5-liter PowerBoost full hybrid engine, either a 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain and available FX4 Off-Road Package. A high-output 240-amp alternator on gas engine options replaces the stock unit to meet the demands for additional onboard electrical power. On the 3.5L PowerBoost hybrid, the lithium-ion hybrid battery supplies power to on-board accessories even when the gas engine is off, leading to reduced engine idle times and potential fuel savings.
The F-150 SSV includes an all-new interior with a standard column shifter, heavy-duty cloth front seats with no center seat section or console, vinyl rear seat and vinyl floors. These features are designed for the hard-wearing requirements and easy cleanup required by government agencies. The interior is configured to allow custom upfits for aftermarket consoles, computers and other equipment used in every day duties.
In addition to the 5.0-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, Ford is offering the all-new 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid targeted to deliver the most torque and horsepower of any light-duty full-size pickup and at least 12,000 pounds of maximum towing. PowerBoost has been tested extensively to support sustained usage in extreme temperatures or under heavy loads. It combines Ford’s proven EcoBoost engine and 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with the instant low-end torque of a 35-kilowatt (47-horsepower) electric motor integrated into the transmission. The electric motor also captures energy through its regenerative braking system to help recharge the 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery, which is efficiently packaged underneath so the cab and cargo box is unimpeded by the system – meaning no loss of passenger or cargo space.
Power isn’t only important under the hood. Available Pro Power Onboard expands F-150 SSV’s capability by bringing generator levels of exportable power. Pro Power Onboard is available with a 2.0-kilowatt output for gas-only engines, while PowerBoost-equipped F-150 comes standard with 2.4 kilowatts of output or an optional 7.2 kilowatts of output. Power is accessible through in-cabin outlets and up to four cargo-bed-mounted 120-volt 20-amp outlets, with a 240-volt 30-amp outlet on the 7.2-kilowatt version. The system even provides power on the move to charge handheld radio, laptop, phone or tool batteries.
Every all-new F-150 SSV comes standard with new cleats mounted to the sides of the tailgate that act as tie-down locations for extra-long items in the bed. New clamp pockets are built in to the tailgate of every truck, so materials can be held in place. An available flat Tailgate Work Surface also includes integrated rulers, a mobile device holder, cupholder and pencil holder.
The all-new F-150 SSV offers available Trailer Reverse Guidance and Pro Trailer Backup Assist. Trailer Reverse Guidance, made popular on Super Duty, uses the truck’s high-resolution cameras to provide multiple views along with helpful graphics that tell drivers which way to turn the steering wheel while backing up. Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which Ford says makes backing up a trailer as easy as turning a dial, continues on F-150.
The all-new F-150 represents Ford’s next big step in bringing connected vehicles to fleets, the company says. It is North America’s first full-size pickup with standard over-the-air technology updates. These updates are bumper-to-bumper, and can include all-new functions and additional features throughout the life of the truck. They can support preventative maintenance, reduce repair trips, provide improved performance and ultimately result in more vehicle uptime. The majority of updates will be completed in under two minutes and can be performed at times fleet managers choose, so they won’t have to put work on hold.
Available new Ford Telematics and Ford Data Services provides an array of connectivity tools designed to help fleet managers minimize vehicle downtime and increase vehicle uptime.
An 8-inch center touch screen is standard for better rearview camera vision and easy access to the digital owner’s manual, which can help operators find the information they need more easily, including how-to videos for additional explanation. All-new SYNC 4 is standard, helping minimize distractions with hands-free voice control as well as core features such as the capability to make phone calls and enable audible text dictation.
All-new F-150 offers the latest driver-assist features as part of available Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0. More features are now standard on XL, including Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Pedestrian Detection to help avoid a possible collision with another vehicle or a pedestrian, rearview camera with dynamic hitch assist, auto high-beam headlamps and auto on/off headlamps.
Every F-150 SSV is assembled at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and the Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo, Missouri.