Chevrolet has debuted its first pursuit-rated Silverado.
The 2023 Silverado Police Pursuit Vehicle is a crew-cab, short-bed, four-wheel drive truck designed for high speeds and dynamic capability with the added comfort and ample storage capacity needed for an everyday patrol vehicle, the automaker said.
“We are constantly having conversations with customers and evaluating how we can better meet their needs,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of GM Fleet. “Our 25 years of engineering Tahoe police pursuit vehicles coupled with Chevrolet’s 100 years of truck success, puts us in a great position to deliver a truly capable Silverado PPV for our customers.”
The Silverado PPV shares many of the Tahoe PPV performance underpinnings, Chevrolet said. Highlights include a 355-horsepower 5.3L V-8 engine, standard 10-speed automatic transmission and six-piston Brembo brake front calipers with 16-inch rotors for increased brake durability. Performance is optimized with a standard heavy-duty engine air filter.
For operating at high speeds, the Silverado PPV features a certified speedometer, 20-inch black steel wheels borrowed from the Tahoe PPV and 20-inch Goodyear all-terrain speed-rated tires. The turning radius is 46.9 feet.
To fill the non-pursuit needs of transporting trailers for marine and mounted divisions, the Silverado PPV comes standard with a 9,300-pound max towing capacity.
The Silverado PPV also comes standard with several off-road upgrades:
- Rancho shocks, included with the Silverado’s proven Z71 off-road package
- Locking rear differential
- Skid plate
An available 2-inch lifted suspension further bolsters the Silverado PPV’s off-road abilities, Chevrolet said, and enables the available 11.35-inch ground clearance and increases approach angle to 25.9 degrees.
Chevrolet is also offering a variety of available specialty equipment options that enable easy upfitting, which include:
- Auxiliary wiring circuits for easy installation of wiring to connect the truck’s horn and siren.
- Surveillance Mode circuit that allows an upfitter to install lighting control. Once a third party installs the wiring, the circuit enables control over the truck’s exterior and interior lighting.
- Five upfitter switches for linking to the controls used most frequently.
- Optional deletion of front center seat so departments can customize the cockpit.
- LED or halogen spot lamps.
To help reduce customer costs and upfit time, the truck is equipped with standard head and taillamp flashers.
The truck features remote keyless entry, standard push to start and a standard column shifter. Power cloth seats and heavy-duty vinyl flooring and rear seats are also available. Configurable storage options offer 129.8 cubic feet of combined interior volume.
The Silverado PPV includes a 220-amp alternator and two 120-volt outlets to help devices stay powered while away from the base. An optional upfitter switch bank is also available with three 30-amp and two 20-amp circuits for emergency equipment.
The 5-foot 8-inch truck bed is available with a hard tri-fold tonneau cover, while 12 standard welded tie-downs help officers secure items in the bed. A corner-step rear bumper comes standard and can be paired with an optional multi-flex tailgate, officers can access cargo more easily.
The Silverado PPV is equipped with the Chevrolet Safety Assist package, which features Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Automatic Emergency Braking and Front Pedestrian Braking. If desired, IntelliBeam headlamps automatically operate high beams at speeds above 12 mph until the system detects an approaching vehicle’s headlamps or a preceding vehicle’s taillamps.
Other available safety features include:
- Protected idle
- Adaptive cruise control
- Rear Park Assist
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert with Rear Cross Traffic Braking
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert