Ford’s all-new 2019 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is now “pursuit-rated,” giving it the green light to chase criminals everywhere.

Modeled after the midsized Fusion, the Ford’s Police Responder hybrid specifications obliterate the Crown Victorias of yesteryear, combining a 2.0-liter I-4 Atkinson-cycle engine with an 88-kW electric A/C motor and a 1.4-kW lithium-ion battery for an EPA rating of 38 combined mpg. It can also reach 60-mph in 6.3 seconds. The term “pursuit-rated” was invented by Ford to certify hybrid police vehicles that have successfully undergone rigorous testing in supporting all of the heavy-duty tasks demanded of traditional police vehicles.

“Our new Fusion-based Police Responder Hybrid Sedan is quicker than our legendary V8-powered Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, while offering fuel efficiency that’s estimated to be double that,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “Plus, our new F-150 Police Responder offers police customers both on-road pursuit and off-road capability.”

The Ford hybrid police sedan is being built in Mexico with additional work at a Chicago assembly plant. To test its mettle, Michigan State Police performed recent testing at the Grattan Raceway that ran the sedan through a 32-lap simulated pursuit, stress testing its suspension, braking, and tire systems before being awarded its “pursuit rating” upon conclusion.

The 2019 Ford Police Responder Hybrid Sedan constitutes a small fraction of the $4.5 billion in investment dollars Ford plans to spend over the next five years in its quest to bring 13 new electrified vehicles to market. Other expected cars include an all-new fully electric small SUV with a 300-mile EPA-estimated range, a hybrid version of the F-150 by 2020, and a V8 Mustang hybrid by 2020.