Chevrolet Silverado SSV

Chevrolet is set to expand its public safety fleet offerings beyond its not-for-consumer Caprice PPV (although we can buy its close cousin, the Chevy SS) and the Tahoe PPV with this, the Silverado SSV. Destined to challenge the Ram 1500 Special Service, the Silverado comes to market with a spate of upgrades over the civilian model.

As is the case with most police vehicles, the Silverado SSV gets an upgraded alternator and a spare battery to power the lights and ancillaries necessary for policing. There's a new power supply and four upfitter switches in the cabin, as well as a 110-volt outlet. A common key option is also available, so that every Silverado in a fleet can be operated with the same fob.

The Silverado will enter service with the fuzz boasting the same 5.3-liter, EcoTec V8 engine. 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque should provide plenty of thrust in emergency situations, while the beancounters will be pleased by a promised 23 miles per gallon on the highway (two-wheel-drive models only). Four-wheel drive is available, as are a pair of box lengths (six feet, six inches or five feet, eight inches).

Take a look below for the official press release from Chevrolet and watch your six for this big new cruiser, motorists.
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Chevrolet Special Service Silverado Joins Police Lineup
Silverado 1500 Crew Cab is adapted for police use

DETROIT – The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle (SSV) joins the brand's growing police vehicle portfolio. It goes on sale this summer, offering the same capabilities, efficiency and durability as the award-winning Silverado 1500, with special features designed for police use.

The SSV package is available on Silverado 1500 Crew Cab in 1WT or 1LS trims, and includes the 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, rated at 355 horsepower and delivering the highest EPA-rated fuel economy for a 2WD V-8 full-size pickup: 23 mpg highway. The engine is available with E85 capability. Police agencies can choose 2WD or 4WD models with the standard 6'6" pickup box or a shorter 5'8" box.

"Last year, the Silverado 1500 was awarded for its low cost of ownership, a key purchasing factor for municipalities and government agencies," said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for GM Fleet & Commercial. "The EcoTec3 engine provides the best fuel economy of any V-8 and still gives agencies the power and capability they need from a full-size pickup."

Contented for service

The Silverado SSV is equipped with a standard 170-amp high-output alternator and 730-CCA auxiliary battery, which allows officers to operate lights, radios, computers, cameras and other equipment while parked with the engine turned off, preserving the charge of the vehicle's primary battery. The SSV pickup also is equipped with a 110-volt outlet for equipment, and comes standard with electrical power supply for four upfitter switches located on the center stack for easy control and accessibility.

The crew cab offers a vinyl rear seat along with large rear doors for easy entry when transporting passengers. Other available interior options include front center seat delete, which provides an open center console space for police equipment, an auxiliary dome lamp and an electronic four-wheel drive switch located on the dash.

An available common key option allows municipalities to use one key to operate all of their Silverado SSVs and 2015 Tahoe police vehicles. Chevrolet will offer ship-through options for the upfit of light bars, sirens, partitions and additional aftermarket equipment.

SSV package at a glance

Standard features:

5.3L EcotTec3 V-8 engine
Auxiliary transmission oil cooler
High-capacity air cleaner
170-amp high-output alternator
730-CCA auxiliary battery
110-volt outlet
Four upfitter switches with electrical power supply
Available features:

Spotlamp – driver or driver and passenger
Wiring for grille, lamp and sirens
Flasher system for headlamps and taillamps
Common key package
Vinyl rear seats
Front center seat delete
Auxiliary dome lamp
Electronic four-wheel-drive switch
Daytime running lamps delete
Rear-vision camera
Silverado 1500: Proven capabilities and comfort

The 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 engine is certified at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It combines direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing to achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg highway (2WD models). It's the best fuel economy of any V-8 pickup on the market.

Silverado 1500 is also equipped with DuralifeTM brake rotors that offer up to double the service life, which can result in maintenance cost savings for municipalities.

"Nearly two-thirds of the Silverado SSV's cab is made of high-strength steel, and inlaid triple-sealed doors create a strong, quiet mobile workspace to conduct daily business," said Peper.

The pickup boxes have the same functionality of the consumer models, including a CornerStep bumper, built-in handholds and upper tie down hooks. Those features make it more convenient, while providing usable space for equipment that police agencies access daily.

The Chevrolet Silverado SSV comes with the industry's best pickup coverage, including two-year/24,000-mile recommended maintenance, three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation.

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