Since 1997, Chevrolet has been making a police package for its large SUV, the Tahoe. Every generation that's been made after that has had a police package and the 2021 Tahoe will be no different. This isn't just some SUV with lights, sirens, and a radio attached to it, as Chevrolet has fitted it with loads of kit to meet the demands of law enforcement.
The Tahoe police package is available in two forms, namely PPV or Police Pursuit Vehicle, and SSV or Special Service Vehicle. The Tahoe PPV is, as you've guessed, is pursuit-rated, meaning this large SUV can take on bends despite its heft. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but it can also be optioned with a four-wheel drive. That makes the Tahoe PPV 4x4 the only pursuit-rated full-sized SUV, according to Chevrolet. The SSV, on the other hand, is four-wheel drive only, has lifted suspension, and primarily designed for off-road applications.
Police package-specific upgrades include beefed-up suspension, bigger brakes, a heavy-duty alternator and cooling system, 20-inch steel rims, and Camaro engine internals. The center console has been deleted in favor of a mounting panel for equipment such as weapons, the radio, and mobile data terminals. The steering wheel controls can also be used as switches for lights and sirens if needed.
Helping the Tahoe chase after fleeing suspects is a 5.3-liter V8 with cylinder deactivation. It's good for 355 PS and 519 Nm of torque. If it sounds familiar, that's because it's largely been carried over the 2015-2020 model. Chevrolet isn't giving performance times, but based on the civilian version of the previous generation, the Tahoe can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 7.5 seconds. It might be quicker now because of the new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The PPV's prime competitor now is the Ford Police Interceptor Utility based on the all-new Explorer and indirectly goes up against the Dodge Charger Pursuit for on-road patrols. The Tahoe SSV, on the other hand, goes directly against the Ford Expedition SSV. Chevrolet says their Tahoe patrol vehicles will be reporting for duty by the first half of 2021. Depending on the agency, these SUVs will either be wearing their full police livery or stealthily cruise around as an unmarked unit.
So if you find yourself driving in the US or Canada in the coming year (or years), slow down when you see a Tahoe. It might just be a cop behind the wheel.