Over the past few months, GM Authority has been here to provide you with the most comprehensive coverage of the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, including its six trim levels, fuel economy ratings, exhaust treatments, pricing and availability in various international markets. All of that coverage was focused around the model people will buy at dealers, and what we haven’t yet discussed is the government-only version in the form of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Police variant. As luck would have it, that’s exactly what we have for you here today.
Though GM has yet to officially announce such a model, GM Authority has uncovered that the all-new Tahoe will also make available an all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Package Vehicle, or PPV. As was the case with the last-generation model based on the K2 platform, the all-new Tahoe PPV on the T1 platform will carry the 9C1 identifier. No photos of the police cruise are currently available, but we do have all kinds of details to share with you.
All 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Police models will be powered by the naturally-aspirated 5.3L V8 L84 EcoTec3 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management mated to the new GM 10-speed automatic transmission. Power output is rated at a maximum 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Both 2WD (rear-wheel-drive) and 4WD configurations are available, with the 4WD models getting an active single-speed transfer case. This powertrain is essentially what’s offered in the civilian-market Tahoe LS, LT, RST and Z71.
Other mechanical highlights include:
- High-capacity air cleaner
- 250 amp high output alternator
- 760 cold-cranking amps auxiliary battery, electrical power & vehicle signals for connection (located at the center front floor)
- Auxiliary battery circuit for connection (located in the rear cargo area)
- Heavy-duty, police-rated suspension
- Front independent torsion bar and stabilizer bar
- Rear, multilink suspension with coil springs
- Police brakes
The police-duty Tahoe also gets a unique key as standard with keyless open and extended-range Remote Keyless Entry. The full-size SUV also features protected idle, which allows vehicle engine to remain idling and vehicle immobilized while FOB is outside vehicle. It’s possible to replace the unique unique key with a common fleet key, if desired.
Ship-Thru To Kerr Industries
Like the prior model, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Police vehicle features the option ship-thru to Kerr industries, which upfits the Tahoe with various law-enforcement elements, including:
- Red and white front auxiliary dome lighting
- Unique door locks and handles
- Left- and/or right-hand spotlamps (deletes the A-pillar mounted assist handle/handles)
- Alternate flashing Red & Blue rear compartment lid warning lamps
- Radio Suppression Package (with ground straps)
- Grille lamps and siren speakers wiring
- Horn and siren circuit wiring
- Auxiliary speaker wiring
Outside, the 2021 Tahoe PPV features a unique front fascia, with a high-approach angle, a unique front skid plate, and recovery hook openings (though the actual recovery hooks are not included).
The SUV rides on 20-inch steel wheels wrapped in 275/55R20SL all-season tires, with a P275/55R20 all-season spare.
Meanwhile, the luggage rack side rails are deleted, as are exterior badging though the front & rear Chevrolet bowties will remain. In fact, the PPV is offered with black Bowtie emblems, as well as those really nice-looking illuminated ones.
Inside, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Police vehicle is equipped with a unique instrument panel that contains:
- Certified 150 mph speedometer
- Odometer with trip odometer
- Engine hour meter
- Fuel level meter
- Engine temperature
- Oil pressure
There’s also a special “Surveillance Mode” interior lighting calibration.
Two types of seating are offered for the front row: a 40/20/40 split-bench is standard, while a high-back reclining bucket seat is optional. The second row is offered exclusively with a 60/40 split-folding, manually-operated bench. Finally, the third row seat is deleted, as is the rear storage compartment.
A manual day/night rearview mirror is standard, while the Rear Camera Mirror with full camera display is optional.
Finally, Wireless Apple CarPlay and Wireless Android Auto is standard, as are various USB ports. SiriusXM Radio is deleted. OnStar with Chevrolet Connected Services and 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot is standard, but can be deactivated.
Lastly, a few words about 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Vehicle packages.
The new Tahoe PPV does not offer the Max Trailering Package. However, the police-duty bruiser does offer an optional 1FL Safety Package, which includes various active safety features, including:
- Forward Collision Alert
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- Following Distance Indicator
As we mentioned, there are no photos of the 2021 Tahoe PPV just yet, but we will bring them to you as soon as they become available. In the meantime, we invite you to subscribe to GM Authority as we bring you the latest Chevrolet Tahoe news, Chevrolet Suburban news, Chevrolet news and ongoing GM news coverage.