General Motors Introduces 2022 Chevy Traverse Special Service Vehicle31
General Motors is set to launch a new Chevy Traverse Special Service Vehicle (SSV) for the 2022 model year, offering law enforcement a fresh crossover to add to the fleet. Pictures of the new police-spec crossover are currently unavailable.
The 2022 Chevy Traverse SSV is framed as providing the same midsize capabilities used in government fleets, but for police duties, simplifying the up-fit process and offering numerous options to suit daily police work.
The options include an available heavy-duty cooling package, which is designed to support long idle times and towing. There’s also an option for a third-row rear seat delete.
Other notable features include an all-weather, removable floor covering and second-row seat protector, as well as the standard Chevy Safety Assist, which adds:
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Forward Collision Alert
- Following Distance Indicator
- Front Pedestrian Braking
- Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
- IntelliBeam automatic high beams
GM Authority first caught a Chevy Traverse police vehicle in full crime-fighting livery in May of 2019. GM had not announced any plans to offer a Chevy Traverse for police duty at that time.
Back in 2018, we asked GM Authority readers if GM should offer a police version of the Chevy Blazer or Chevy Traverse crossovers. Previously, the only General Motors utility vehicle on offer to law enforcement was the Chevy Tahoe PPV full-size SUV. According to the poll responses, most GM Authority readers (39.43 percent) felt as though GM should offer a police version for both crossovers, while 25.21 percent preferred the Blazer, 21.03 percent preferred the Traverse, and 14.33 percent said neither should be offered.
The 2022 Chevy Traverse introduces a full model refresh (other wise known as a mid-cycle enhancement, or MCE) for the crossover nameplate, slotting in as the fifth model year of the latest second-generation vehicle. Motivation is derived from the 3.6L V6 LFY gasoline engine, which is rated at 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.
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Too bad the 2.7 liter turbo engine is not offered. It has much more torque than the 3.6 liter V6., which is needed for faster acceleration from a standing start or low speed. It has 358 pounds feet of torque. As resident Biden says, “Come on, GM, you need to at least meet the Ford police option vehicles to be in the same ballpark. The lower torque 3.6 liter just does not cut the mustard. GM already has the drivetrain tested out with a smaller SUV for the 2022 model as the turbo 2.7 liter is offered in a Caddy. As someone who used to help manage a commercial fleet of 425 cars, you never hear about a driver saying he had too much power. These vehicles need to chase bad guys and the puny torque 3.6 liter does not do the job.
Does not even come close to matching the Explorer Performance,
TRUE!!!! Traverse is much better!!!
Resident Biden is great😂
Can we have the HD cooling package as an option for the every day traverse? id like to see increased towing as an option for standard users.
About time, Dodge and Ford went unchallenged far too long without an GM answer.
I don’t see many Dodge police cars anymore. Just some Chargers that were probably bought 3-5 years ago.
All Explorer’s around here. Maybe the Chargers are in south states?
Don’t let your local area be a guide on what they drive, in the State Troopers where I work Fords are used in high density areas and Tahoes and V8 Chargers for country areas
I live in N.H. our state police run chargers and Tahoes it’s like a 70/30 mix. Some towns do run the chargers though
some dodge Durangos in my area.
It’s a better version of the Traverse Municipal Package. NYPD was testing the Traverse Municipal Package for the EMSU (Emergency Medical Service Unit) for medical calls in the subway. They previously used Caprice Wagons, Suburbans and Tahoes.
There is no such NYPD unit as the Emergency Medical service Unit
Just at a time I see many local forces swap the Ford Explorers for Tahoe’s.
If given a choice on the job I would rather have the Tahoe.
I just don’t see the Taverse taking that kind of a daily beating and lasting.
I have seen fleets of Police Explorers replaced with Tahoe’s in Texas. Explorers did not hold up well under the Police Environment.
Put a 6.2 liter in it and make it a rear wheel drive.
So just a Tahoe then.
This will be a tax payer waste of money. Instead of being in service it will be getting serviced. NYS state police drive Dodges.
Look this is a good vehicle for universities and housing project patrol.
But for hard use. Off road, curb jumping and general beating the Tahoe is prime.
What the problem is that while most forces want a Tahoe they have limited budgets and have to take the lowest bids. Some departments are forced to buy only high American content too.
Often the biggest choice is the vehicle that offers the lowest bid. The trouble then is on the automaker because there then is a problem with low profits.
While we may not see many GM patrol vehicles it is mostly due to the point GM is trying to make money at it.
Chargers and Explorers are popular as they are are cheap and or often older platforms. Look at the Crown Vic.
This is a tough area to sell product as you have to sell cheap. But you still want to make money and avoid stories of failure of models on patrol.
I have a GM model based on the same platform as the Traverse. I love it but I would not want to subject it to all patrol cars see in heavy use.
Not all PDs need an expensive gas guzzler like Tahoe. The less expensive Traverse fills the bill, even tough places like NYC had I6 Darts, K-Aries, and recently Fusion for patrol cars.
This is funny cause I always thought they were fleet vehicles to begin with….
Wonder if they’ll remove the stop-start feature, not sure it will survive the rigors of daily utility service. But I could be wrong and it might just prove worthy.
Actually I hope they don’t. I own a Traverse and don’t want to have a cop car look a like… let Ford, Charger, and Tahoe keep that badge of honor.
It says the vehicle will be Special Services, which I believe is not the same as pursuit rated. So I think that would mean it wasn’t designed for and wouldn’t typically be used as a patrol car, or maybe I’m wrong? I thought the special service vehicles are more for K-9 units, fire chief vehicles or similar.
You would be correct. The PPV pursuit vehicles have upgraded suspension and frame I believe. These would be admin vehicles or really anything non-patrol.
There going to have to increase their motor oil budget bc traverses are oil burners.
Repair the brakonthe 2021 first u have not repair my 2021
My Traverse doesn’t burn oil at 36k miles and doesn’t overheat with excessive idling, granddaughter asleep in car… plus 2 trips all over western Colorado from Durango to Utah, Lake Travis, Tx and 2 trips the Smokies. No oil burning or overheating. Must be old internet gossip people read and believe…probably invested in buying a bridge too…
But, I like the additional features and hopefully will be included in the public versions.
The plant that builds the Traverse receives lots of letters from people, thanking them for building such a safe vehicle.
NHTSA Overall rating is 5*
The Newer version of the 3.6 V6 doesn’t burn oil and the timing chains are not a problem
If properly equipped and with an upgraded suspension, the Traverse would make a great Special Services Vehicle. It would have better handling and more cargo area than the Explorer. The Traverse also has a better body profile than the Explorer. Let GM give it a shot and see if they can get it right. If GM does, then the Traverse could be a great new vehicle for law enforcement duty. Hell, I wish Ford would bring back the Crown Vic in an AWD configuration. It was a great vehicle and tough as hell.
I’m sure the police departments are not going to be happy when the transmissions shuddering, like the service manager at my dealership told me they all do.