Cop to Meet You: Chevrolet Introduces the Silverado for the Pursuit

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Forces across the country will have a new tool in their belts later this summer. Following in the footsteps of the popular Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle, the 2023 Silverado PPV Crew Cab is a short-bed 4×4 pickup ready to patrol highways and back roads.

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This truck shares more than a few details with the Tahoe, a trait that should make it appealing to constables who may have amassed a cache of aftermarket parts over the years from that vehicle. Under the hood is a familiar 5.3-liter V8 engine, making 355 horsepower and mated to a 10-speed automatic. The 20-inch black steel wheels are shared with the Tahoe PPV, covering Brembo-branded six-piston front brake calipers with 16-inch rotors.

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“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, combined with Chevrolet’s 100 years of truck success, positions us excellently to deliver a truly capable Silverado PPV to our customers.”

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There are a handful of Silverado features taken from other versions of this PPV variant, including Rancho shocks from the Z71 package, a locking rear differential and heavy-duty underbody protection. A two-inch lift kit, presumably from the Trail Boss parts bin, is available and increases overall ground clearance to an impressive 11.35 inches. So equipped, approach angles jump to 25.9 degrees, which should be plenty when Johnny Law is chasing the Duke boys over rough terrain.

Fleets tend to field rigs like these in rural parts of the country, where detachments tend to transport boats or snowmobiles to set up off-road patrol routes. With that in mind, the Silverado PPV is rated to tow 9,300 pounds. There are plenty of auxiliary wiring circuits for typical cop add-ons, as well as a set of 120V outlets and a bank of upfit switches. Note to GM: Make the latter an option on the ZR2, please.

A final note from this truck-loving author is the location of the “CHEVROLET” billboard on the PPV’s grille. Compared to other versions we’ve seen, it’s been moved closer to the line of the hood and off the center rib of the grille. Perhaps that portends a styling tweak for other Silverado LTD trims for the 2023 model year. Keep in mind that Chevrolet will be selling two distinctly different half-tons in the immediate future: the new-school Silverado 1500 with an updated style and the Silverado LTD which will continue to wear older clothing.

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