In response to overwhelming customer demand, Ford recently announced the addition of a new package to the 2013 F-150 lineup. However, this package, dubbed the SSV, or Special Service Vehicle, is not intended for the average consumer. Instead, the SSV is a modular platform targeted specifically for law enforcement and fire fighters.
The SSV package is available free of charge as an option on 2013 F-150 XL models, and can be ordered in several configurations. For example, if a smaller, light-duty truck is needed, Ford will supply the SSV with a 3.5L EcoBoost engine, SuperCab, and 2WD. On the other hand, it’s also available with a 5.0L V-8, SuperCrew cab, and 4WD for more demanding applications.
The SSV package also includes a beefier 220-amp alternator to supply power for emergency lights, sirens, and other onboard electronics. Based on the feedback Ford got from their fleet vehicle clients, the truck’s seating arrangement was reconfigured for extra space in the center of the cab. Combined with the SSV’s lack of center console, this provides space for storage of weapons, supplies, and gear.
Expect to see the new F-150 SSV hitting the streets soon with police, fire, and national or state park agencies nationwide. We just hope you don’t see the police F-150 SSV in your rear-view mirror anytime soon.