As lovers of fast driving, we at Autoblog normally try to stay as far away from police pursuit vehicles as possible. But in reality, the way automakers design purpose-built police vehicles is indeed worth a closer look. If we're going to task the boys and gals in blue with keeping us safe on the streets, they need to be given the best tools possible for the job. And while a lot of that comes down to their own equipment, the police cruisers themselves play a hugely important role in all of this.

Chevrolet has long offered police vehicles, from Caprice old and new, to various Impala and Tahoe models. That last one is a particularly newsy topic right now, as Chevy recently unveiled its all-new 2015 Tahoe SUV (complete with its Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade siblings). At last week's Chicago Auto Show, Chevy went a step further, giving us a closer look at Tahoe's brand-new police-spec version.

In the video below, Autoblog West Coast Editor Michael Harley talks with Chevy product specialist Scott Vandekerckhove, who gives a full tour of what's new with the Bowtie's biggest cruiser. We check out what's up front, under the hood, and out back. Scroll down for the full video, and just hope it's the closest you'll actually ever have to get to sitting inside one of these bad boys.
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle: 2014 Chicago Auto Show

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      R.t Voll
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think this actually looks better with the black mesh grill as opposed to the chrome one on the ltz.
      John Thompson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Horsepower: it's better to have it and not need it then need it and not have it.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those headlights have yet to grow me. GMT900 Tahoe looks much nicer in my opinion.
      Doug Danzeisen Sr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Takes some big power to move that huge Tahoe up to almost 140mph, that's really moving for a brick.
      • 1 Year Ago
      NOVA cops are using Taurus (Taurii?) and they really blend in…even with full cop livery.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its nice of Chevy to leave the woodgrain on the back doors. Im sure the perps in the back find it soothing.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I was about to post the same comment. Seems weird but probably cheaper than producing two separate parts for the back doors?
      Ebn Hahn
      • 6 Months Ago

      Frankly, I do Not see any reason why a police agency needs to use this SUV!!??, It is not like police agencies or Highway patrols drive a round with groups of Seven to justify this SUV. For the need and cost, the Explorer is the more logical choice!! and already have captured 55 percent of that market.  The other day I drove to Toronto on hwy 401 and so nothing but Explorer PPV's.  Years ago I used to see a lot of Tahoe's on Highways.. but not lately

      • 1 Year Ago
      What cop needs and bigg barge like this?! wtf..
        John Storms
        • 1 Year Ago
        How would you like your office as a closet with a Milk crate and cardboard box? These vehicles run 24/7 and are the officers office. Tahoes are one of the cheapest to maintain and have a proven track record of reliability. Not everybody works in an environment without mud, snow and difficult terrain. Large mounts of gear is needed that simply doesn't fit in a traditional sedan.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I say cops don't need these giant, gas-guzzling things. They should be driving Chevy Cruze Diesels and save some taxpayer money. High speed pursuits are generally prohibited now, so you don't need a "fast" car. If you need to run somebody in, call a paddy wagon.
        Aaron Koehne
        • 1 Year Ago
        For cops, it's not about having a vehicle that is super-fuel efficient, it's about having a vehicle that is safe, roomy, durable, and reliable, all of which out-weigh fuel consumption....yeah, it's nice to have a police vehicle that is very fuel efficient, but that won't mean anything if it ends up spending more time in the repair shop than on the road, or if it's so cramped on the inside that it makes patrol work a living hell
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd be happy as hell if a department I worked for bought these trucks. Crappy Taurus or Explorers now roam the highway for state police. Too small and too slow. Tahoe way to go. And taxpayers can afford it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Explorer is cheaper and faster..what the are you talking about?
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a police officer I think most of would agree to bring back the crown vic. that car is such a work hoarse that just keeps going, I just got the new Taurus and it sucks very uncomfortable and a lot of blind spots,not to mention it always has issues and I have about 35k on it and there is no way this thing is going last like the other one .Don't know how true it is but I heard that Ford stopped the Crown Vic because it didn't meet the EPA mileage for the govt. well the Taurus is getting the same.
        Griffen W
        • 1 Year Ago
        I've been hearing the same from quite a few of the officers that come through my work. The Police Package Taurus is an amazingly quick car but its not built for an officer and their gear to slog around it. That and its a huge maintenance queen. There's a few Caprice PPVs in the area (there's an unmarked silver one running around with Chevrolet Cruze badges) from what I gather they're more comfortable, just as fast, but basic maintenance is very expensive (tires, brakes, steering, and suspension components are very costly and they eat through brakes). The Charger seems to be the favored ride from the state and local county though ergonomics is still an issue with taller or heavier drivers. Have you been in any of the other 'new generation' police vehicles?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Griffen W
          As a security supervisor at a Ford plant I would have to agree with your Taurus statements. I carry about half the amount of equipment as a cop on my belt and getting in and out of them is a CHORE. The center console too wide and you "fall" into them which makes you have to climb out. They are pretty quick (AWD is awesome) and comfortable but not a good choice for cops. About half the time I get out of the car my radio will get caught and yanked from my belt. Can't put it on my right side because of the huge center console and the too short seatbelt latch. Moving the shifter from the console to the dash makes more room to mount computers and stuff but they should have shaved a few inches of width off in the process. If I were a cop having to constantly jump in and out my car to chase someone I would hate these things because they are really going to slow you down.
      • 1 Year Ago
      What the hell is with the headlights and the way they wrap around...?
        • 1 Year Ago
        They wrapped around in the last model as well, you just didn't notice it because there was no pieces of the fender "going into" the headlight assembly
        • 1 Year Ago
        Nissan called they want their headlights back.
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