Ford has unveiled the new Police Interceptor Utility (PIU), which doubles as an early look at the new Explorer that will debut in just a few days. The revamped SUV will not only gain a number of styling and design revisions, but also the addition of a hybrid powertrain.

On the exterior, the SUV sports a new set of slimmer headlamps as well as a reshaped front grille. Just below that is an entirely new apron that features a hexagonal lower intake, new fog lamps and trim. The police version comes fitted with a bull bar, spot lights and emergency lights, as these images clearly show.

Compared to the version civilians will get, the new PIU meets Ford’s stringent 120 km/h (75 mph) rear-impact crash standard, well above the federal standard of 80 km/h (50 mph). There’s also a lot more structural reinforcement and safety cells to better deal with collision forces during a pursuit, using ultra-high-strength boron steel and crumple zones.

Efforts have also been made to improve vehicle durability with better cooling systems, a specially tuned braking system and police-purposed steel wheels. Ford says the police SUV has been tested for eight-inch curb impact, median crossing and 48 km/h (30 mph) railroad crossing validation, and water fording to 18 inches at 24 km/h (15 mph) and 10 inches at 64 km/h (40 mph).

There’s also range of standard equipment like Bluetooth pass-through commands to mobile devices, low- and high-beam LED headlamps, four user-configurable steering wheel switches, a Class III trailer tow receiver with 5,000-pound capacity and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.

Three powertrain options are offered for the PIU, with some likely being available for the new Explorer as well. As mentioned at the start, there’s a 3.3 litre hybrid system, which is available alongside a 3.0 litre EcoBoost and 3.3 litre V6. All setups use a 10-speed automatic transmission as standard with full-time all-wheel drive.