The North American Truck of the Year – the all-new Silverado 1500 – has been adopted to join the police force as a Special Service Vehicle (SSV) and should start showing up on highways near you this summer, according to Chevrolet.
The Silverado 1500 Crew Cab “SSV package” will be a combination of the standard/base work truck (WT) and 1LS trim levels. They’ll use the same 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine that is available to consumers – producing 355HP and 383 lb.-ft. of torque (while still getting 23 MPG highway.) But that’s where the similarities end. The Silverado SSV will be equipped with a 170-amp high-output alternator and 730-CCA auxiliary battery, which will allow officers to drive and operate all of those computers, cameras, radios, and, of course, those flashing blue lights.
Other optional equipment will include spot lamps, siren system, and strobes for the grille, headlights, and taillights. Law enforcement agencies can also choose to swap the center seat to mount a vertical gun rack or computers, mount an auxiliary dome lamp, or install a rear-view camera. There will also be another feature called the “common key package” that would allow a municipality to operate all of their Tahoe PPV and Silverado SSV trucks with the same key.
So why the Silverado? Along with being awarded Truck of the Year, Pickup of the Year, Four-Wheeler of the Year, and dashing good looks, the Silverado 1500 was also recognized for its low cost of ownership, an important deciding factor for municipalities and government agencies. Other government agencies such as fish and game enforcement and border patrol are liking the idea of the Silverado SSV as well. We got more photos of the Silverado, Tahoe, and other vehicles to keep your eye out for on the road below.