A new version of the Chevrolet Silverado launching this summer is designed specifically for law-enforcement duties. The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Special Service Vehicle features a number of unique upgrades for police use.
The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado SSV comes only as a crew cab model with a 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 engine, but fleet buyers can choose rear- or four-wheel drive, and a short or long bed. The SSV package can be applied to the Silverado's 1WT or 1LS trim levels. Compared to a standard consumer-grade Silverado, the SSV receives a transmission cooler, a larger air filter, a more powerful alternator, and an auxiliary battery so police can use on-board electronics and lights with the engine off without draining the truck's primary starting battery. There are also four switches built into the center console with power supply connections for adding accessories like lights or cameras.
Fleets can choose to have all of their 2015 Chevrolet Silverado SSVs keyed alike, so officers only need to carry one key to drive any vehicle; to delete the front center console to make room for laptops or other communications gear; to have the rear seat covered in vinyl; and to delete the daytime running lights for stealthier operation. There are also options to have the truck prepared to be sent to a police upfitting company for the installation of lights, sirens, partitions, and other features.
Though the Chevrolet Silverado does offer a more powerful engine choice, a 6.2-liter V-8 rated for 420 hp, the automaker said the 5.3-liter mill is a better choice for police fleets due to its higher efficiency. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is rated at 16/23 mpg (city/highway) with the 5.3-liter engine and rear-wheel drive, and 16/22 mpg with four-wheel drive.
Expect to see the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Special Service Vehicle on the road -- but hopefully not in your rearview mirror -- by the end of this summer.