Only a block from the Chicago Assembly Plant, Ford has its own upfit engineering and installation center called ‘Chicago Modification Center’ (CMC). The CMC, run by Troy Design and Manufacturing (TDM), continues the development of a one-stop, turnkey Interceptor Utility and Sedan. For 2017 Job1, Ford is offering through its TDM factory a new Front Visor/ Headliner Lights on their Police Interceptor (PI) Utility. As a mid-model year option, Ford is offering a new Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights.
This new front emergency lighting solution is fully integrated into the headliner at the windshield. One of the advantages of this OE light over the aftermarket lights is its extreme low profile, at just 1.7 inches thick. Where it is mounted, this headliner light does not obstruct any more of the windshield than the non-deployed sun visors. This is a huge difference for taller officers where thicker aftermarket headliner lights may cause visibility issues.
The headliner is not modified in anyway. The OEM installation allows for ease of removal during decommissioning, and is also retrofitable back to the 2013 Utility. The front electrical connection for the front visor light take-out is located on a shared bracket as the passenger-side spot lamp take-out, above the glove box.
Serviceability is also improved as either the right or left side can be replaced should one burn out; the entire unit doesn’t need replacement for quicker turnaround and less downtime. The installation of this new lighting solution will be included in the Police Interceptor Modifier’s Guide.
This new lighting package is California Title 13 compliant and can be ordered in red, blue, amber, take-down white, and scene white. The lighting can be auto-dimmed from 5 percent to 90 percent and is fully programmable. This new OE solution gives agencies a cost-effective option to use the PI Utility as a slick top or as supplemental lighting to rooftop lightbar. The MSRP for this factory-installed, factory-warrantied front headliner light is $1,115.
To further enhance Ford’s OE lighting options, new for 2017 is the Rear Traffic Advisor on the PI Utility. Just like the front visor solution, this new offering is fully integrated into the rooftop-level rear spoiler. This allows for absolutely no obstruction at all through the rear window, which has always been a concern.
“Aftermarket lightbars can impede visibility by hanging down over the glass,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Our fully programmable Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights are integrated into the spoiler, so agencies get their bright red, blue, and amber LEDs with no compromise to rear visibility.”
Aftermarket products mount inside or outside the glass then extend into the rear window—impeding visibility. Ford’s warning lights free up that space for unimpeded rearward vision. The option complements Ford’s ‘no-profile’ Front Interior Visor Light Bar, a covert feature that provides a similar improvement in forward vision over aftermarket options.
Electrical connection for the Rear Traffic Advisor take-out is taped back to the 14A583 harness inside the HMSL pass-through. Just like the front solution, it can auto dim down and is available in red, blue, and amber. The MSRP for this factory-installed, factory-warrantied, integrated rear spoiler light is $1,400.
When ordered together, the new front-visor lighting solution in combination with the rear spoiler solution offers a cost-effective package, especially when factory warranty is included. Together the package retails for approximately $2,515, which is competitive with any aftermarket external lightbar.
“Together with our front visor lightbar, Rear Spoiler Traffic Warning Lights offer a fully integrated solution for agencies wishing to minimize the presence of their police vehicles,” said Arie Groeneveld, Chief Program Engineer, Ford Police Programs. “While signaling to drivers of an upcoming emergency situation, it constitutes a clear safety benefit for officers and the public.”