GM officially announced the Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) version of its Chevy Tahoe full-size SUV in May of 2020. News of the impending announcement was first reported by GM Authority. Today, we’re bringing you a live photo gallery of that very vehicle.
The exterior design is similar to that of a Chevy Tahoe in the Z71 trim level, with an aggressive front grille, a front skidplate and the Z71-specific lower front fascia that delivers superior approach angle.
In fact, without graphics or extra exterior equipment, it would be difficult to tell the difference between a regular 2021 Chevy Tahoe Z71 and the PPV version. However, close observers might notice the lower ride height created by shorter and stiffer springs. There’s also a unique set of black wheels, while those who venture closer to the vehicle will find a more subtle visual clue in the fitment of the V-rated Firehawk Pursuit all-season tires, which were developed jointly by General Motors and Firestone.
Unseen updates on this 2021 Tahoe include Brembo 16-inch brake rotors and six-piston front calipers along with a heavy-duty rear differential. GM’s 5.3L V8 L83 gasoline EcoTec3 engine has been modified slightly, with rocker covers from the 6.2L V8 LT4 motor (to improve crankcase ventilation) and a heavy-duty oil cooling system.
The 2021 Chevy Tahoe PPV also contains a lot of electronic equipment not normally featured in the civilian version of the SUV, as shown in a recent video. To power this equipment, GM has fitted a 760-amp auxiliary battery and a high-output alternator.
This special vehicle is manufactured at the GM Arlington plant in Texas, alongside the civilian versions of the Chevy Tahoe, 2021 Chevy Suburban, 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL and the 2021 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV. Arlington is also the home of another specialty vehicle – the Chevy Tahoe Special Service Vehicle (SSV), which is optimized for slightly different duty compared to the PPV, focusing on off-roading and towing. Whereas the Tahoe SSV is available only with four-wheel-drive, the PPV can be ordered with either four-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive.