Police vehicles are generally easy to spot with their markings, color and large light bar across the roof. But law enforcement agencies prefer that the public not see them coming. That’s why Ford is launching a new “no profile” light bar on its 2016 Interceptor Utility SUV. The police light bar is cleverly integrated into the headliner in the interior of the vehicle and is only visible at the top of the front windshield. Which means you’ll no longer see a “police” profile when approaching one of these SUV’s. You’ll also be less likely to spot the silhouette profile of the vehicle in your rear view mirror. Here’s Ford’s full press release.
DEARBORN, Mich., April 7, 2016 – Lawbreakers will now have a more difficult time recognizing the profile of the best-selling police vehicle in their rearview mirrors.
Ford announced today it will offer a new, factory-installed front interior visor light bar that provides a stealth appearance for police agency patrol vehicles.
“Today, agencies typically use aftermarket interior visor light bars that are somewhat bulky and can obstruct the field of vision – especially for taller officers,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police marketing manager for North American fleet, lease and remarketing operations. “This extremely low-profile unit is fully integrated where the headliner and top of the windshield meet, for tremendously improved driver visibility versus aftermarket alternatives.”
Another advantage of the new interior visor light is that the dark shade band at the top of the windshield is replaced by clear glass when the light is ordered, providing superior color visibility and brightness.
The light comes with a limited warranty and maintains the spacious interior feel that many agencies love about the newest generation of Ford Police Interceptor. When activated, it flashes bright – alternating red and blue bars through the top of the windshield. It can also be programmed for red/red or blue/blue operation.
The visor light features bright-white “take down” and “scene” capabilities for excellent forward visibility, and can be set up to meet California Title 13 regulations. It can be programmed from full intensity down to 20 percent, and provide auto-dimming capability as well.
The interior visor light is available to order now on the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility.
This is certainly going to make it harder for commuting citizens to spot police vehicles and most definitely increase the amount of traffic tickets issued. What do you think of Ford’s new “no profile” light bar? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.