It's For a Cop: 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV Reports for Police Duty
Pursuit-rated SUV gets lower ride height, more stopping power.
Soon, there will be a new police vehicle to look out for in your rearview mirror. General Motors has debuted the law-enforcement-focused 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle, and you're probably not going to want to mess with it.
Various modifications help Chevy's new pursuit-rated Tahoe perform its vehicular duties. To reduce body roll, the Tahoe PPV boasts special suspension tuning with unique monotube dampers, coil springs, and anti-roll bars. A lower ride height compared to the regular Tahoe improves aerodynamics, fuel efficiency, and stability while chasing bad guys. Other changes include a heavy-duty clutched limited-slip rear differential and a certified 140-mph speedometer.
Cops gotta stop, too, and the police Tahoe PPVs gets a beefier braking system with large front Brembo six-piston aluminum monoblock calipers that pinch 16.0-inch rotors. It also has pursuit-rated all-season tires wrapped around 20-inch steel wheels. The new tires help reduce the Tahoe's stopping distance by 11 feet over the 2020 model, according to Chevy.
Under the hood, you'll find a familiar 5.3-liter V-8 engine. Rocker covers lifted from the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 engine help improve crankcase ventilation, allowing the Tahoe to better handle high lateral-acceleration events. The police Tahoe also features special heavy-duty cooling systems for the engine oil and transmission fluid.
Adopting the exterior design of the Z71 trim, the Tahoe police vehicles feature a higher approach angle and a front skidplate. Chevy says it has improved the electrical architecture so it's easier to upfit necessary aftermarket police equipment. Inside the cabin, there are special front seats that provide additional hiproom to accommodate officers' utility belts.
2021 Chevrolet Tahoe
In addition to the pursuit vehicle, Chevy is offering a Special Services Tahoe (SSV) that addresses law enforcement's off-road and towing needs. These vehicles come standard with 4WD and offer the Max Trailering Package that can tow up to 8,200 pounds. The pursuit vehicle is available in both rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations. GM will begin building the police vehicles late this year at its Arlington assembly plant in Texas. Expect to see these cop cars on the road by early 2021.