In seemingly no time at all, Chevrolet has announced that they will go ahead and build the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle, that was previewed as a concept at the 2013 SEMA show.
The all-new 2015 Tahoe PPV will be powered by GM’s EcoTec3 direct injection 5.3 liter V8 which produces 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be paired to a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission that has been re-calibrated for pursuit purposes. Also, the new interior and exterior carry’s roughly the same dimensions as the previous generation of Tahoe PPV, allowing for easy transfer of police equipment.
The Tahoe PPV is set apart from the competition, mainly the Dodge Durango Special Service and Ford Interceptor Utility, by being the only the full-size, body on frame SUV designed for police work. More high strength steel, a stiffer body, suspension improvements and a wider track lend themselves to the Tahoe PPV’s improved handling and stability.
A standard 730-CCA auxiliary battery helps power the range of devices an on-duty officer might need, such as a radio or laptop, without draining the vehicles primary battery. An optional Driver Alert Package includes forward collision alert, lane departure warning and Chevrolet’s vibrating Safety Alert Seat.
2WD pursuit and 4WD special service models will be available for order in the first quarter of 2014, with a 4WD pursuit model coming in the second quarter of 2014. Let’s hope the first good look you get at the 2015 Tahoe isn’t a PPV in your rear-view mirror.