Ford and General Motors have a long history of supplying vehicles to law enforcement agencies, which is why it’s so unnerving to see a black Suburban behind you in traffic. Now, you have a new vehicle to play the “cop-or-not” game with. Chevrolet just announced a new Silverado PPV, or police pursuit vehicle.
The Silverado PPV borrows plenty from the existing Tahoe PPV, including its engine, which is a 5.3-liter V8 making 355 horsepower. A ten-speed automatic transmission and six-piston Brembo brakes with 16-inch rotors are standard. The truck rides on 20-inch wheels with Goodyear all-terrain tires, and features a 9,300-pound towing capacity. Chevy offers a two-inch lift kit for the PPV that bumps ground clearance to 11.5 inches and increases the truck’s approach angle to 25.9 degrees.
Several upfit options are available, including various wiring and lighting systems, auxiliary switches, and an optional front-seat delete. To facilitate quick entry and movement, the PPV gets keyless entry and push-button start, and the interior features vinyl floors for easy cleaning.
Since law enforcement spends considerable time in heavy traffic and may need to use the truck in an actual pursuit, safety equipment is critical. Chevy equips every Silverado PPV with lane keep assist, lane departure warnings, forward collision alerts, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian braking. Other features, such as blind spot monitoring, are available.