Chevrolet has added another vehicle in its police vehicle lineup, and it is no other than the 2014 North American Truck of the Year—the Silverado. The brand announced that a special version of the truck will be available for law enforcement use soon.
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle (SSV) is the newest vehicle from the Bowtie brand to be created for police use. The vehicle, which will be available this summer, will have all the features that make the Silverado notable along with specific upgrades designed for law enforcement functions.
Chevrolet’s SSV comes only as a crew cab model in 1WT or 1LS trims, and is powered by a 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 engine. The said engine is available with E85 capability. Police agencies have the option to choose between two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive models, as well as between a short 5’8” pickup box or the longer standard 6’6” pickup box.
The SSV’s 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 engine can create 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It offers the best fuel economy of 16/23 mpg (city/highway) for two-wheel drive models by bringing together direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management and continuously variable valve timing.
The truck also comes complete with Duralife brake rotors that need not be serviced as often, so fleet buyers can save a considerable amount in maintenance expenses.
As for the pickup boxes, these have the same function as those found in consumer models. They have features such as the CornerStep bumper, built-in handholds and upper tie down hooks.
The SSV package is offered with a 170-amp high-output alternator and 730-CCA auxiliary battery. The latter is notable as it enables police officers to operate lights, cameras and electronics (i.e., radios and computers) while the truck is parked and the engine is turned off. As a result, the Silverado’s primary battery will not be drained easily even when the aforementioned equipment are used on-board.
Also offered is a 110-volt outlet and four upfitter switches. The switches, which are situated on the center stack, has the electrical power supply to power needed accessories such as cameras and lights.
The Silverado SSV comes with a number of interior options that fleet buyers can choose from. One of these is a vinyl rear seat, which along with huge rear doors can help make the entry and exit of passengers easier. Another is the front center seat delete—the front center console can be removed to have more than enough space for police equipment such as laptops.
Then there are the spotlamp, auxiliary dome lamp, electronic four-wheel drive switch, rear-vision camera, as well as a flasher system for headlamps and taillamps.
One available feature clearly designed with the police force in mind is the common key package. Fleet buyers have the option to use a single key on all of Silverado SSVs. This will enable police officers to require just one key to drive any vehicle from the fleet.
In late 2013, Chevrolet announced the police patrol vehicle (PPV) version of the 2015 Tahoe. It was slated to be available for order this year.
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