The latest addition to General Motors' fleet of police vehicles is the highly alliterative 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Special Service Vehicle (SSV). Based on the Silverado 1500 crew cab full-size pickup truck, the SSV goes on sale this summer with a few modifications meant to make it more attractive to law-enforcement officials.

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Motivation comes from General Motors Company's [NYSE:GM] 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8, which produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. Police agencies can specify two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and E85 flex-fuel capability is also optional.

Police-specific features include a 170-amp high-output alternator and an auxiliary battery to power extra electrical accessories like lights, radios, computers, and cameras while parked with the engine turned off. There's also a 110-volt outlet for plugging in equipment.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle

The police truck is available with the fleet-oriented 1WT or 1LS trims, and buyers can also choose a standard 6-foot, 6-inch pickup bed or shorter 5-foot, 8-inch bed. The front-center seat can also be deleted to make room for more equipment.

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An available vinyl rear seat and the crew cab's large rear doors make transporting passengers (or perps) easier, although a rear-seat partition won't be offered from the factory. Chevy will also offer a common-key option, which allows agencies to operate all of their Silverado SSV pickups and 2015 Tahoe PPV SUVs with a single key.

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle goes on sale this summer. Chevy will offer a ship-through option for the fitment of light bars, sirens, rear-seat partitions, and other aftermarket equipment.


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