First Look: 2023 Chevrolet Silverado Police Pursuit

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Don’t look now, but that Chevy pickup behind you might be a policeman.

Chevrolet unveils its first pursuit Silverado.

Chevrolet announced Wednesday the launch of its first pursuit Silverado, joining the Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle the company has produced for 25 years. The 2023 Silverado Police Pursuit Vehicle is based on the crew cab, short bed, four-wheel drive truck.

“Our 25 years of engineering Tahoe police pursuit vehicles, coupled with 100 years of Chevrolet truck success, positions us excellently to deliver a truly capable Silverado PPV,” said Ed Peper, vice president American from GM Fleet.

Police vans may seem odd, but they offer all-weather capability, plenty of room for cop gear, and plenty of room for criminals.

Part of Chevrolet’s fleet lineup

The new Silverado PPV is a natural extension of Chevrolet’s law enforcement offerings given that it shares its mechanicals with the Tahoe, a vehicle used by law enforcement for 25 years. But in recent years, it’s the only offering even though Dodge offers the Charger sedan and Durango SUV police vehicles, and Ford offers the Explorer, F-150 and, since September, the Mustang Mach-E.

For 2022, Michigan State Police Testing show that the Tahoe was competitive, but at the slower end of acceleration, despite its braking ability being among the best.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle

So what’s under the hood?

No surprise here: the same 355-hp 5.3-liter V8 engine and 10-speed automatic transmission that are used in the Tahoe PPV are also found in the Silverado PPV. It also features six-piston Brembo front brake calipers with 16-inch rotors, a heavy-duty engine air cleaner, certified speedometer, 20-inch black steel wheels and all-metal Goodyear tires. -terrain at 20 inch speed rating.

Michigan State Police tests show the Silverado PPV reaches 60 mph in 7.65 seconds with rear-wheel drive, 7.95 seconds with all-wheel drive. That’s comparable to the Ford Police Interceptor Utility’s 7.79 seconds when equipped with the base 3.5-liter V6, but slower than the Ford’s 5.45 seconds when equipped with the EcoBoost V6.

Chevrolet claims the Silverado’s “impressive” turning radius is 46.9 feet and it can tow up to 9,300 pounds.

And for those departments where off-roading is a reality, the Silverado PPV gets Chevy’s Z71 Off-Road Package with Rancho shocks, a locking rear differential and a skid plate. A two-inch lift is optional, providing 11.35 inches of ground clearance.

Chevrolet’s first pursuit-rated Silverado joins the Tahoe PPV in the lineup.

Driver assistance equipment includes the Chevrolet Safety Assist Package which includes Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Following Distance Indicator, Speed ​​Braking automatic emergency and front pedestrian braking. IntelliBeam headlights, adaptive cruise control, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert with rear cross-traffic braking and lane change alert with side obstacle detection are available.

Made to be equipped

The Silverado is built to be equipped, with auxiliary wiring circuits for installing wiring to connect the truck’s horn and siren. Chevrolet also installs a monitor mode circuit that allows the installation of controls for the truck’s exterior and interior lighting. Five upfit switches are fitted for the most frequently used controls, an option to delete the front center seat and the choice of LED or halogen headlights.

Inside, you’ll find remote keyless entry, a push-button starter, and a column shifter. Power cloth front seats are available, the rear seats are heavy duty vinyl, as is the flooring, a 220 amp alternator and two 120 volt outlets. An optional upfitter switch group provides three 30-amp and two 20-amp circuits for emergency equipment.

The 5-foot-8 truck bed comes with 12 welded tie-down hooks, corner step rear bumper and optional multi-flex tailgate and optional rigid folding tonneau cover.

Will this be enough to gain market share for Ford?

Fully electric police pilot vehicle
The Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV is after and more fuel efficient than the Chevy in the Michigan State Police’s 2022 Model Year Police Rating.

Ford police vehicles make up about two-thirds of the police vehicle market in the United States, about half of which is the Police Interceptor Utility, a police version of the Ford Explorer.

And only Ford offers fuel-efficient hybrids that can help a department save on fuel costs. With the addition of the Mustang Mach-E, those costs could drop even further. And the Mach-E’s performance in Michigan State Police tests suggests it’s the most capable police car available.

In January, New York City plans to spend $11.5 million to buy 184 Mustang Mach-E battery electric vehicles for use by its police and various emergency response services.

And Ford is aggressive in protecting its market share by adding features agents will appreciate. In 2020, the company added software to its Police Interceptor utility that uses the vehicle’s powertrain and climate control systems to heat the cabin to 133° Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. That’s enough to reduce the viral concentration of COVID-19 by more than 99% on indoor surfaces, according to a study from Ohio State University.

But Chevrolet is looking to cut Ford’s lead. While the automaker hasn’t released pricing for the new vehicle, expect the 2023 Silverado Police Pursuit Vehicle to be available in late summer 2022.

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