PREVIEW: 2016 Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle

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2016 F-150 Special Service Vehicle package

It’s reserved for fleet and government buyers, but the 2016 Ford F-150 Special Service Vehicle would be a fun truck to have around.

The F-150 Special Service Vehicle joins Ford’s line of Tauruses, Expeditions and Explorers that are geared for heavy-duty use, usually in the context of law enforcement.

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But, it’s a shame that these versions aren’t actively marketed to mainstream buyers. For one thing, it looks like the F-150 SSV would be a terrific truck for hauling your hounds.

Ford offers a Special Service Vehicle package for the 2016 F-150 to meet the rigorous needs of government and fleet customers.

The F-150 SSV is available in either SuperCab or SuperCrew body styles, and you could specify rear- or four-wheel drive with a choice of the 5.0-liter V8 or the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The engines are beefed up with 240-amp alternators – the higher output helps keep the F-150’s electrical system topped off when it’s idling for long periods.

Another feature is the blank space between the front bucket seats, which is ready to accept a console like the one below. Those beefy armrests are unlike those found in civilian trims.

2016 F-150 Special Service Vehicle package

The photo truck is equipped with a Hot-N-Pop Pro, which monitors the interior temperature and sounds the horn and pops the doors to release the police dog, before the pup begins to suffer in a hot interior.

Standard 40/20/40 seats are replaced with 40/blank/40 seats, with the center section deleted to create more space for customization.

The F-150’s expansive interior is a nice environment in which to set up shop. Carpeting is replaced by vinyl for easy-clean floors.

2016 F-150 Special Service Vehicle package

And of course, there are the F-150’s hauling capabilities that make this truck so useful.

Ford offers a Special Service Vehicle package for the 2016 F-150 to meet the rigorous needs of government and fleet customers.

The F-150 Special Service Vehicle is based on the XL trim, and it will become available later this year. Check your mirrors, you might see it there.

Here’s a search for a civilian F-150 XL on BestRide.com – check it out!

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