That was fast. Mere days after showing a Police Concept based on the 2015 Tahoe at the SEMA Show, Chevrolet has announced that it will build a PPV model based on the SUV to do battle with the Ford Police Interceptor Utility (Explorer) and Dodge Durango Special Service.

You'll recall that the Tahoe has been police staple for several years, predating both the Explorer and Durango police variants, so the fact that the new model would spawn a police variant is hardly surprising. Like the civilian model, the 2015 PPV benefits from a more efficient 5.3-liter, direct-injection V8 that pumps out 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. It also features more high-strength steel, offering better crash protection, on top of optional safety items like lane departure warning, forward collision alert and a Safety Alert Seat.

The press release is rather light on police-specific items, aside from the auxiliary battery, which keeps the myriad of electronics in a modern police car running even when the engine isn't. Lightbars, 17-inch steel wheels on Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires and a push bar round out the mods for the Tahoe PPV. The cabin features a revised center console and room for laptop and other equipment mounts.

We've got a small gallery of images from Chevrolet up top, as well as the official press release from Chevrolet down below.
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2015 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV Prepares for Duty
Four-wheel-drive pursuit model joins police lineup

LAS VEGAS – Chevrolet today announced a police patrol vehicle, or PPV, version of the all-new 2015 Tahoe. The Tahoe lineup will expand with the addition of an automatic 4WD pursuit vehicle to the existing 2WD pursuit and 4WD special service models. The new Tahoe PPV offers more power, greater efficiency and enhanced features developed for law enforcement.

The 2015 Tahoe PPV features an all-new interior, exterior and EcoTec3 powertrain, while offering the same basic dimensions, sturdy body-on-frame architecture and versatility that made it the best-selling Chevrolet police vehicle for the last several years.

The carryover dimensions allow a seamless transfer of law enforcement equipment used in current Tahoe PPVs. The Tahoe will remain the largest police vehicle on the market designed with driver comfort in mind. It has additional space in the rear seat, which provides more leg room and easier access to individuals and equipment in the back seat.

"The Tahoe PPV's versatility and low lifecycle cost have made it a leader among police agencies," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, Fleet and Commercial Sales. "The enhancements to the 2015 model have further refined an already great vehicle to give police officers the performance, speed and safety they need to help keep their communities safe."

The Tahoe PPV is used today by state and local municipalities and federal government officials for patrol, first response, tactical, HAZMAT, Border Patrol and K9.

More power and greater efficiency

The Tahoe PPV's standard EcoTec3 5.3L V-8 features state-of-the-art technologies, including direct injection, cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing and an advanced combustion system, designed to make the most of power, torque and efficiency across a broad range of operating conditions.

With the EcoTec3 powertrain, the 2015 Tahoe PPV offers more power, 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque and improved acceleration.

The engine is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission with a unique police-service calibration that supports pursuit performance.

Designed for law enforcement use

The 2015 Tahoe PPV was developed to deliver a more controlled ride with improved steering and braking responsiveness compared to previous models. A strong, fully boxed, perimeter frame supports payload and trailering capability that body-frame-integral SUVs can't match. With the addition of electric power steering, the Tahoe has precisely tuned responsiveness needed in pursuit situations. The increased payload allows law enforcement to carry all equipment that they may need for any job.
Still the only body-on-frame full-size SUV designed for the rigors of police work, the Tahoe offers full-pursuit capability. The addition of more high-strength steel, increased body stiffness, suspension improvements and a wider track for increased stability helps the 2015 Tahoe PPV offers improved ride and handling designed for pursuit.

The Tahoe has a standard 730-CCA Auxiliary Battery, which allows officers to power their equipment, including radios, video cameras and laptops, when the vehicle is not running, avoiding drain on the primary vehicle battery. The vehicle also has a 110V power outlet and USB input.

Key components remain that contribute to the Tahoe PPV's consistent performance at police vehicle testing:

V-rated, P265/60R17 Goodyear RSA tires, mounted on 17-inch steel wheels
Heavy-duty four-wheel-disc brakes with ABS, tuned for police driving
StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance and traction control
A fully integrated electrical system makes it easier to upfit police-specific equipment
Safe and comfortable

The redesigned interior gives officers 360 degrees of safety with new standard features, including rear park assist, backup camera and optional adjustable pedals, which personalize the vehicle to each driver. An optional Driver Alert Package includes lane departure warning, forward collision alert and Chevrolet's Safety Alert seat.

Increased use of high-strength steel contributes to a safer, quieter ride. New inlaid doors help make it the quietest Tahoe and Tahoe PPV ever. The quiet environment decreases unnecessary distractions, allows police officers to remain focused on the road and can help reduce fatigue after long shifts.

OnStar, the leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology, is now standard on the Tahoe PPV, OnStar provides automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle slowdown and recovery. The vehicle also comes standard with Bluetooth, which allows officers to stay connected safely and talk hands-free while on the road.

The security of the Tahoe PPV has enhanced security features, including new door locks, side-milled keys and a steering column lock.

The new Tahoe will be built at GM's Arlington, Texas assembly plant. The 2WD pursuit and 4WD special service models will be available for order in the first quarter and the 4WD pursuit vehicle in the second quarter of 2014.

To learn more about the Chevrolet police portfolio, visit gmfleet.com/police.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      huisj203
      • 1 Year Ago
      The front end of this looks like a Grand Theft Auto version of an Explorer-Expedition mashup. It's like they just photoshopped the headlights and moved various pieces of them up and down, and then made the body wodk more slab sided so it was more generic looking.
      Trobbins88
      • 1 Year Ago
      eh...
      Carpinions
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are police Tahoes in Phoenix, and they are by far not the norm. In fact, they use every manner of car here it seems. Chargers, Tauruses, Impalas, Crown Vics, Tahoes, A couple new Caprices, a few Explorers, the odd Durango, F-250s for road assistance duties...which leads me to believe that the police tend to choose what works in a given area rather than playing brand loyalists or taking whatever costs the most. In fact, there's a cop on my street that has a different vehicle from week to week. Sometimes a Crown Vic, sometimes a Tahoe...depends.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here in Houston due to the hot weather for most of the year, cops will sit idling in their HUGE ass gas guzzling SUVs for hours on end. I can't recall if I have even once seen two officers per patrol vehicle, they generally each have their own. There was a scandle on the news a couple years back too about how many HPD street cops were earning triple digits as well. All of this at tax payer expense... why these guys aren't using hybrids is beyond me, especially considering that high speed pursuits in triple digits are more dangerous to the public and its much safer to track them down later, call ahead with a radio, or get an eye in the sky if its a serious felony.
        AnalogJesse
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Texas: where schools are crumbling and police officers are driving $50,000+ SUVs.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        First, a police version of a Tahoe isn't remotely close to $50k. Secondly, police officers in A LOT of areas make 6 figures. I'm not sure why people complain about LEO's pay. They are kind of ya know, doing a dangerous job in comparison to a manager sitting in an office making the same salary. Additionally, may places don't utilize using partners. If you think about it, if you take the police force, and suddenly double them all up with a partner, you now have half the cars on the road as before and many areas now not being patrolled. In theory you'd need to double your force to start running 2 officer cars. And with all your complaining about police making 6 figure salaries if you now have to double your police budget you're probably going to have a stroke out of anger. Also, how is a Prius, or hybrid in general going to hold up to the punishment that police vehicles in the US are put through. There's a reason why the small number of departments that do have some hybrids in their fleets aren't using them widely across all divisions.
        budwsr25
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        With all that oil in texas I don\'t see gas guzzling being an issue.
      scocrmch
      • 1 Year Ago
      A front end only a mother could love!
        CJ_313
        • 1 Year Ago
        @scocrmch
        I agree. I can't understand how GM managed to screw up the Tahoe's front-end, when it was probably the most-attractive of GM's 3 full-sized SUV's as it was. The headlights look absolutely terrible.
          Winnie Jenkems
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CJ_313
          Agreed. "How do we make it different from the outgoing model?" "IDK, let's just carve a giant chunk out of the headlights, that ought to do it." A shame. The Tahoe/Suburban was indeed the best looking of the 3.
      budwsr25
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dodge beats Ford and Chevrolet hands down when it comes to the PPV\'s. What hurts GM is ALL of the plastic clips holding everything together on both of its ppv\'s and its crap engine gaskets. Ford loses because the those two cars are not strong enough for the duty.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @budwsr25
        Not strong enough in what way? Any facts to back that up?
      Clipper44
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just to let you know, it's 'myriad electronics' instead of 'myriad of electronics.' Nit-picking, sure, but still.
      ChevySks
      • 1 Year Ago
      I bought a Tahoe and it was the worst decision I ever made. The leather seats started to come apart at the seams within months. It drives like a tank. Have of the electronics don't work. And getting any sort of meaningful response from the dealer or corporate headquarters has been nothing but a test on my patience and a complete waste of time. Never again!
        mylz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ChevySks
        You sir are full of bs. I have never met an owner that hated their Tahoe. The only complain I have heard is gas mileage but what did you expect buying a full size suv. The people who can afford them though do not give a rats ass. Have your driven an expedition? I got my aunt and uncle into a tahoe and they wont ever consider a ford again because it handles way better and they love the features. It has over 100k on it now and it still looks brand new. You are nothing more than a troll, Bye Feleica
          Titansfan1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mylz
          You are correct consider that the competition has more room inside can lay the seats flatter without the hassle of removing seats more room in the back with the third row up. Consumer Reports hate the Tahoe but love the suburban why more room.
      helloac
      • 1 Year Ago
      it looks like a grand caravan from the back and like a toyota sienna in the interior
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice.
      R.t Voll
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm actually kinda starting to like the new Tahoe. I think it looks better with that blacked out wire grill.
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