There’s yet another police vehicle hitting the roads this summer – the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 SSV – a modified version of Chevy’s popular full-size truck. Equipped with several cop-centered features, the Silverado SSV will be well suited for Park Rangers, fire departments, and police special service vehicles (hence the SSV nomenclature).
Powering the Silverado is the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 making 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Like the civilian version, the 5.3-liter comes with GM’s three power-making, fuel saving technologies: direct injection, variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management. All told, the Silverado gets up to 23 mpg highway in two-wheel-drive configurations. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with an auxiliary oil cooler for heavy-duty hauling. Tow/Haul mode and selectable shifting are present too.
To power all the police equipment inside the cab is a 170-amp, high-capacity alternator with a massive 730 cold cranking amp battery. An extra dome light, a 110-volt outlet, and four upfitter switches are added as well. A-Pillar spot lights, wig-wag headlights, and auxiliary wiring for emergency lights in the grille are all available.
Chevy also includes a few features to keep costs down for the government agencies that buy these trucks. First is a common key set that allows one key to operate their entire fleet of Silverados and Tahoe PPV vehicles. No more lost keys or judicious labeling of key sets. GM’s new Duralife brake rotors also keep maintenance costs down over the long haul.
The Silverado SSV is available in two- or four-wheel-drive and come in Crew Cab form with either the 1WT or 1LS trim packages. Tons of aftermarket police equipment is also through third-party venders for outfitting the truck for specialized uses.
Chevy hasn’t release pricing for the Silverado SSV package, but expect costs to be more than the standard Silverado. Currently, a 1WT Crew Cab truck in 2WD costs $34,795 with no options selected.
Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
The Chevrolet Silverado is enjoying its first full year with its all-new look. Debuting as a 2014 model, the new Silverado is completely worked over from headlights to hitch. Playing a starring role in the redesign are the three new EcoTec3 engines that include the 4.3-liter V-6, the 5.3-liter V-8 and the Corvette-derived 6.2-liter V-8. The powerplants all include direct injection, variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management. A six-speed automatic is standard across the board.
Both the exterior and interior are all new, with the exterior getting triple-sealed and inlaid doors for a quite ride, a more spacious back seat in Crew Cab models, and a reworked bed with numerous cargo tie-downs, a easy lower and lift tail gate, and integrated side bumper steps for easy entrance into the bed.
The Silverado come in many forms; from a single cab work truck with vinyl floors and seats to a full-out luxo-truck with rich leather seating, navigation, power everything, and a 6.2-liter V-8 derived from the LT1 found within the C7 Corvette Stingray. That engine ranks out a massive 420 horses and 460 pound-feet of stump-pulling power.
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The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle (SSV) joins the brand’s growing police vehicle portfolio. It goes on sale this summer, offering the same capabilities, efficiency and durability as the award-winning Silverado 1500, with special features designed for police use.
The SSV package is available on Silverado 1500 Crew Cab in 1WT or 1LS trims, and includes the 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8, rated at 355 horsepower and delivering the highest EPA-rated fuel economy for a 2WD V-8 full-size pickup: 23 mpg highway. The engine is available with E85 capability. Police agencies can choose 2WD or 4WD models with the standard 6’6” pickup box or a shorter 5’8” box.
“Last year, the Silverado 1500 was awarded for its low cost of ownership, a key purchasing factor for municipalities and government agencies,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president for GM Fleet & Commercial. “The EcoTec3 engine provides the best fuel economy of any V-8 and still gives agencies the power and capability they need from a full-size pickup.”
Contented for service
The Silverado SSV is equipped with a standard 170-amp high-output alternator and 730-CCA auxiliary battery, which allows officers to operate lights, radios, computers, cameras and other equipment while parked with the engine turned off, preserving the charge of the vehicle’s primary battery. The SSV pickup also is equipped with a 110-volt outlet for equipment, and comes standard with electrical power supply for four upfitter switches located on the center stack for easy control and accessibility.
The crew cab offers a vinyl rear seat along with large rear doors for easy entry when transporting passengers. Other available interior options include front center seat delete, which provides an open center console space for police equipment, an auxiliary dome lamp and an electronic four-wheel drive switch located on the dash.
An available common key option allows municipalities to use one key to operate all of their Silverado SSVs and 2015 Tahoe police vehicles. Chevrolet will offer ship-through options for the upfit of light bars, sirens, partitions and additional aftermarket equipment.
SSV package at a glance
5.3L EcotTec3 V-8 engine
Auxiliary transmission oil cooler
High-capacity air cleaner
170-amp high-output alternator
730-CCA auxiliary battery
Four upfitter switches with electrical power supply
Spotlamp – driver or driver and passenger
Wiring for grille, lamp and sirens
Flasher system for headlamps and taillamps
Common key package
Vinyl rear seats
Front center seat delete
Auxiliary dome lamp
Electronic four-wheel-drive switch
Daytime running lamps delete
Silverado 1500: Proven capabilities and comfort
The 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 engine is certified at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It combines direct fuel injection, Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and continuously variable valve timing to achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg highway (2WD models). It’s the best fuel economy of any V-8 pickup on the market.
Silverado 1500 is also equipped with DuralifeTM brake rotors that offer up to double the service life, which can result in maintenance cost savings for municipalities.
“Nearly two-thirds of the Silverado SSV’s cab is made of high-strength steel, and inlaid triple-sealed doors create a strong, quiet mobile workspace to conduct daily business,” said Peper.
The pickup boxes have the same functionality of the consumer models, including a CornerStep bumper, built-in handholds and upper tie down hooks. Those features make it more convenient, while providing usable space for equipment that police agencies access daily.
The Chevrolet Silverado SSV comes with the industry’s best pickup coverage, including two-year/24,000-mile recommended maintenance, three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and five-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation.