Chevrolet has debuted its first pursuit-rated Silverado. The 2023 Silverado Police Pursuit Vehicle is a crew-cab, short-bed, four-wheel drive truck designed for high speeds and dynamic capability with the added comfort and storage capacity needed for an everyday patrol vehicle.
“We are constantly having conversations with customers and evaluating how we can better meet their needs,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet. “Our 25 years of engineering Tahoe police pursuit vehicles coupled with Chevrolet’s 100 years of truck success puts us in a great position to deliver a truly capable Silverado PPV for our customers.”
Extending Chevrolet’s PPV Performance Success
The Silverado PPV shares many of the most desirable Tahoe PPV performance underpinnings. Highlights include a 355-hp 5.3L V-8 engine, standard 10-speed automatic transmission, and six-piston Brembo brake front calipers with 16-inch rotors for increased brake durability. Performance is optimized with a standard heavy-duty engine air filter.
The Silverado PPV features a certified speedometer, 20-inch black steel wheels borrowed from the Tahoe PPV, and 20-inch Goodyear all-terrain speed-rated tires. The turning radius is 46.9 feet.
To fill the non-pursuit needs of transporting trailers for marine and mounted divisions, the Silverado PPV comes standard with a 9,300-lb. max towing capacity.
When duties take the Silverado PPV off road, the truck comes standard with:
- Rancho shocks, included with the Silverado’s proven Z71 off-road package.
- Locking rear differential.
- Skid plate.
An available 2-inch lifted suspension further bolsters the Silverado PPV’s off-road credentials. It enables the available best-in-class 11.35-inch ground clearance and increases approach angle to 25.9 degrees.
Made to be Upfitted
A long-standing supplier to law enforcement agencies, Chevrolet knows the importance of offering a variety of available specialty equipment options that enable easy upfitting, which include:
- Auxiliary wiring circuits for easy installation of wiring to connect the truck’s horn and siren.
- Surveillance Mode circuit that allows an upfitter to easily install lighting control. Once an upfitter installs the wiring, the circuit enables control over the truck’s exterior and interior lighting, allowing for discretion while on patrol.
- Five upfitter switches for simple linking to the controls used most frequently.
- Optional deletion of front center seat so departments can customize the cockpit of their vehicle to meet their needs.
- LED or halogen spot lamps.
To help reduce customer costs and upfit time, the truck is equipped with standard head and taillamp flashers.
Interior Comforts and Storage Options
To help officers get in the vehicle and on the road quickly, the truck features remote keyless entry, standard push to start, and a standard column shifter. With available power cloth seats, the driver can adjust the seat for their needs easily as well. The interior is easily cleaned thanks to available heavy-duty vinyl flooring and rear seats.
Officers carry numerous important digital devices to stay connected to their team. The Silverado PPV includes a 220-amp alternator and two 120-volt outlets to help devices stay powered. An optional upfitter switch bank is also available with three 30-amp and two 20-amp circuits for emergency equipment.
With configurable storage options, the Silverado PPV allows customers to make the most of the 129.8 cubic feet of combined interior volume.
The 5-foot 8-inch truck bed with the available hard tri-fold tonneau cover enables weatherproof storage for cargo that should be stored separate from the interior cab for officer safety. Twelve standard welded tie-downs help officers secure items in the bed. Paired with the standard corner-step rear bumper and an optional multi-flex tailgate, officers can access cargo more easily.
A standard suite of safety features work to help law enforcement stay in control and avoid collisions. The Chevrolet Safety Assist package features Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Front Pedestrian Braking. If desired, IntelliBeam headlamps automatically operate high beams at speeds above 12 mph until the system detects an approaching vehicle’s headlamps or a preceding vehicle’s taillamps.
Other available safety features include:
- Protected idle.
- Adaptive cruise control.
- Rear Park Assist.
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert with Rear Cross Traffic Braking.
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert.
Here to Serve
Chevrolet has continued to listen to officers since its introduction of the Tahoe PPV in 1997, and it has expanded the PPV portfolio to meet the needs of the modern-day police force. General Motors organized an official Law Enforcement Product Council over two decades ago to learn directly from officers how they can effectively perform their duties behind the wheel. Ranking law enforcement officers and civilian fleet managers make up the council, and all have been instrumental in Chevrolet’s police vehicle programs over the years.
The 2023 Silverado Police Pursuit Vehicle and the Special Service Vehicle will be available beginning late summer 2022 in the United States and Canada.
Originally posted on Government Fleet