General Motors has introduced the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) and Special Service Vehicle (SSV), continuing a 20-plus year tradition of providing law enforcement agencies with the distinctly American SUV.
Both the general-purpose Tahoe PPV and off-road-focused Tahoe SSV are powered by GM’s 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine in the PPV model benefits from LT4 V8 rocker covers, which improve crankcase ventilation, along with a heavy-duty oil cooling system developed specifically for law enforcement applications.
The Tahoe PPV model will come with standard Firestone Firehawk Pursuit tires, a pursuit-rated all-season that GM developed alongside Firestone, and a heavy-duty braking system with Brembo six-piston front calipers and 16-inch rotors. A heavy-duty rear differential and lower, more stiffly sprung suspension complete the pursuit-focused performance add-ons.
Compared to the pursuit-rated Tahoe PPV, the Tahoe SSV is mainly for off-road and towing applications and does not need the same performance parts. Both models feature an exterior design based on the new Tahoe Z71, however, which includes an aggressive front grille, a higher approach angle and a front skidplate. The Tahoe PPV will be offered with either 2WD or 4WD, while the SSV will be 4WD only.
To power onboard electronics, both the Tahoe PPV and SSV will come with a 760-amp auxiliary battery and a new high-output alternator that is 47 percent more powerful than the one found in the 2020 model.
Law enforcement agencies will benefit from some of the same features offered on the civilian-spec 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, as well, such as the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, standard rear vision camera with Rear Park Assist, Hitch Guidance trailering system and an available Rear Camera Mirror.
The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV and SSV will be built at GM’s Arlington Assembly plant alongside the civilian Tahoe and the rest of GM’s 2021 full-size SUV lineup. Production at Arlington is expected to resume later this month following the COVID-19 shut down.