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This is the extra brace that comes in the Interceptor Utility for extra rigidity and rear crash integrity. Im not sure if the SPORT gets this too as its a lot harder to get underneath the third row seats in the SPORT.
Interestingly enough, just recently Ford published a notice to all Law Enforcement agency's stating the 70MPH rear crash rating was only valid when the spare tire is left in the rear storage well. If it's removed then they don't provide that rating.
That makes sense about the tire. In my 911 the spare is part of the crash structure to the front of the car. While some want to remove it for weight savings in a DE, they are quickly told to put it back in.