It’s time to present a third live photo gallery of the 2021 Chevy Tahoe PPV (Police Pursuit Vehicle), which in this case has been pictured maneuvering at low speed in metro Detroit.
As shown here, the Chevy Tahoe PPV looks almost identical to a regular Tahoe in the Z71 trim level. That’s because of the Z71-specific lower front fascia, which provides a greater approach angle than other Tahoe models, plus a more aggressive grille and a front skid plate.
Despite these items, the Tahoe PPV is not particular optimized for off-road driving, and can be ordered with either rear-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. The closely related Chevy Tahoe SSV (Special Service Vehicle) has a greater off-road focus, and is available only with four-wheel-drive.
Observant readers will note that the PPV’s ride height is lower than that of a standard Tahoe. This is due to the use of shorter and stiffer springs, lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity. Although almost unnoticeable to most people, this feature is at least clearer than the slight modifications to the atmospheric 5.3L V8 L83 gasoline EcoTec3 engine, which include a heavy-duty oil cooling system and rocker covers brought over from the 6.2L V8 LT4 to improve crankcase ventilation.
The picture above shows the black five-spoke wheels, which are unique to the Chevy Tahoe PPV. They wear V-rated Firehawk pursuit all-season tires which were developed specifically for this vehicle by Firestone and General Motors.
The wheels mostly hide a heavy-duty braking system which includes 16-inch rotors and Brembo six-piston front calipers.
Both the Chevy Tahoe PPV and the related SSV are manufactured at the GM Arlington plant in Texas alongside the civilian 2021 Chevy Tahoe, 2021 GMC Yukon, and 2021 Cadillac Escalade, along with their long-wheelbase variants – the 2021 Chevy Suburban, the 2021 GMC Yukon XL and the Cadillac Escalade ESV, respectively.