Full-size SUV will be doing duty later this year.
Police officers in the United States are big fans of large, intimidating vehicles with tons of power, so it's no wonder why many departments use the Dodge Charger and the Ford Explorer Hybrid as interceptors. But even when these vehicles aren't large and intimidating enough, many police departments turn to the Tahoe. After being revealed earlier this year in civilian guise, the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has just been announced as a Police Pursuit Vehicle and a Special Service Vehicle.
"Tahoe is the most aspirational vehicle in the law enforcement industry," said Ed Peper, US vice president of GM Fleet. "By listening to the needs of officers from around the country, we have built the best Tahoe ever."
The police often get access to potent engine combinations that aren't offered on civilian versions but in this case, both the PPV and SSV models are powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission rather than the Tahoe's available 6.2-liter V8. Performance specifications for police vehicles are rarely made public but in civilian guise, this V8 produces 355 horsepower. The smaller of the two V8s was likely chosen because it offers Dynamic Fuel Management, which can operate in up to 18 cylinder patterns on as few as two cylinders to save fuel.
But don't think for a moment that the police Tahoe is stock though, as the cops always have a few goodies to help them chase down perps. The PPV model receives unique suspension tuning with monotube dampers, coil springs, and stabilizer bars to reduce body roll. It also gets a lower ride height for improved high-speed aerodynamics, heavy-duty brakes with Brembo six-piston calipers, a limited-slip rear differential, heavy-duty oil coolers, and high-performance rocker covers from the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 LT4 engine to handle extra lateral forces. The PPV is offered with two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive configurations but the SSV is exclusively 4WD.
The police Tahoe benefits from many of the same improvements found on the civilian models, such as the new independent rear suspension and longer wheelbase. These changes offer a whopping 70.3 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second-row, which Chevy says is 18.3 cubic feet more than the next largest pursuit-rated SUV. Chevy has also increased the rear door openings by 13 percent (3.5 inches) compared with the previous Tahoe, which should make it easier to put handcuffed passengers in the back seat.
Officers should enjoy the new technology and safety features of this updated Tahoe including a 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot, HD rear-view camera with rear park assist, hitch guidance, available rear camera mirror, forward collision alert, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and automatic emergency braking. These new fleet versions of the Tahoe are expected to begin production later in 2020, with availability starting in 2021.