Is there a single truck guy on the planet that would not want to drive the 2013 Ford F-150 in the picture shown here? Ford has long been a provider of rugged, commercial vehicles for police, fire, and national park applications. For 2013 Ford offers fleet buyers the Special Services Vehicle (SSV) package as a no-cost option.
F-150 SSV Standard Features
Standard on all SSV Ford F-150 trucks, again at no added cost, is the 220 amp alternator. This option is to help with all the bells and whistles – literally -that these vehicles have to operate. Sirens, light bars, on-board laptops, spot-lights, winches, and options like this all use a lot of power and the beefy alternator helps keep the battery on full charge to handle the load. The target user of this vehicle wants maximum comfort up front, and maximum durability and clean-ability in the back. For that reason the standard seating up front is 40/20/40 with the center seating section and the console deleted to allow room for gear. Think Shotgun or police communications equipment. The front seating surfaces are made from easy-clean cloth. Cloth is affordable, cooler, more breathable in the summer, and warmer than leather or vinyl in winter. In back the bench seat is made from vinyl thick enough to handle the yuckiest jobs and stay in one piece.
Ford’s Best F-150 Engines
The SSV the driver will not have to suffer from lack of power. The legendary 5.0 liter V8 is one of two engines available. This four valve per cylinder, dual overhead cam engine has V8 grunt and also 360 HP. In 4x2 configuration the vehicle can achieve 21mpg highway / 15 City. The even more desirable 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine is also available. With 420 ft-lbs of torque from as low as 2500 rpm, this is a towing beast able to pull 11,300 pounds. It also has a payload capacity of 3,120 pounds which Ford claims is best in class. Both 4x4 and 4x2 configurations are of course available. All SSVs will have the 6-speed automatic transmission.
Ford SSV Special Options
Ford offers a huge assortment of special options to outfit these workhorses. Skidplates, off-road tires, and all the things you would image can be added to the list. In order to help customers get the most they can from Ford, and less for third party providers, Ford doesn’t place any restrictions on options that can be ordered. Tony Gratson, Ford’s Government Sales Manager said in a press release “Our fleet customers have been asking us to create this option for F-Series trucks. We’re confident the current and updated 2013 F-150 equipped with the SSV Package will be of particular interest to our government customers with rugged jobs such as law enforcement, firefighting, and national and state park patrols.”
The 2013 Ford F-150 SSV joins the Taurus and Explorer based Police Interceptors and is now available to commercial and municipal customers.