New Model News

New 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV gets upgrades where it matters most for officers

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV builds on the traditional Tahoe Z71 trim level.

Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The biggest drawbacks with the current generation Chevrolet Tahoe PPV aren't its massive size of fuel inefficiency. It's the suspension and handling, both of which are nearly a decade old, and showing it. Modern vehicle dynamics have come a long way in the last 10 years. or so and the Tahoe, like the Chevrolet Suburban, Cadillac Escalade, and GMC Yukon, were all built on a platform that has been aged out of competition with more modern SUVs like the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator.

Chevy's lucky Ford doesn't make a pursuit-rated Expedition.

With the introduction of the next-generation Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban already in hand, it was only a matter of time before the next-gen Tahoe PPV and SSV would be shown. That day has arrived.

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe PPV Chevy has given the Tahoe PPV a complete top-to-bottom redo.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) is the swift kick in the pants that the product line needed. The exterior design of the new model is based on the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 trim, which features a rugged front grille, higher approach angle, and front skidplate.

The Tahoe PPV comes in two- and four-wheel drive configurations, while the Special Service Vehicle (SSV) comes only with 4WD. Four-wheel drive models get a Terrain drive mode, which performs similarly to 4LO without needing a two-speed transfer case.

Tahoe SSV model are offered with the available Max Trailering Package, which ups the limit to 8,200 pounds and includes an active, two-speed electronic Autotrac transfer case with push-button controls and an integrated trailer brake controller.

It's powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. General Motors engineers have designed the engine to be better during high lateral conditions meaning whether it's taking on the banked steeps at Daytona or chasing a suspect on a winding road, the engine should perform dramatically better in this Tahoe than the last.

It's not uncommon for Tahoe PPVs to run nearly constantly during an officer's shift. This SUV's engine is cooled by a dedicated, heavy-duty cooling system that was designed specifically for law enforcement applications.

Each Tahoe PPV has police action specific equipment and suspension turning including unique monotube dampers, coil springs, and stabilizer bars. The SUV's ride height is lower than the Tahoe the general public gets from their dealership.

The model rides on pursuit-rated all-season Bridgestone Firestone Firehawk Pursuit tires that are worn by 20-inch steel wheels. Chevry has equipped the model with a heavy-duty braking system and heavy-duty limited slip rear differential. Stopping distance has been improved in the new model by 11 feet compared to the 2020 model. That's not insignificant.

The reason many police departments got out of the typical patrol car and into patrol SUVs is interior space. The new Tahoe PPV offers class-leading interior space including more hip room in the front row - an essential consideration as police duty belts frequently add several inches to the waist of even the slimmest officer.

The Tahoe PPV has 18.3 cubic feet more cargo space than the Ford Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility. That makes sense as the Tahoe is designed to be a full-size SUV compared to the Explorer's midsize designation.

The SUV's rear doors open 3.5 inches wider in the new model, allowing offers the ability to more easily move offenders in and out of the area.

Chevrolet has designed the Tahoe PPV to be a true mobile workspace. There's an available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot (many officers currently rely on aftermarket accessories to connect their computers on the go), standard rearview camera, Rear Park Assist, hitch guidance technology, available rear camera mirror, keyless entry, and push-button ignition.

The model also comes with an available suite of safety and driver assistance technology including forward collision warning, lane keep assist with departure warning, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, and the following distance indicator.

Chevy's engineers have improved the electrical architecture of the Tahoe from the current generation to the next by ensuring that the model is more uplifting-ready. According to a release, " A new standard blunt-cut wire harness has 31 wire circuits to the cockpit, 56 wire circuits to the cargo area and 25 shared circuits to connect aftermarket equipment without removing major panels or components. Upfitters can repurpose the steering wheel-mounted buttons using the blunt-cut wires to perform tasks like initiating a Code 3 with lights and sirens or keying a department radio microphone."

Like other PPVs, the electrical system is powered by an upgraded dual battery system. A 760-amp auxiliary battery can operate without the engine running. The SUV's new high-output alternator is 47 percent more powerful than the 2020 model's.

The 2021 Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle and the Special Service Vehicle will be assembled at General Motors' Arlington Assembly in Texas with globally-sourced parts in late 2020 with availability beginning early 2021. Pricing is expected to be similar to the 2020 model.

Trending News

 
 

The final versions of the McLaren 620R have been delivered to the U.S.

Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive
McLaren recently shipped its last Sports Series cars to the U.S., marking the end of production of the popular models that have been staples of the luxury carmaker's lineup for the last half-decade. Over 8,500 cars were sold globally.

The Sports Series debuted in 2015 with the 570S, and also included the 540C, 570S Spider, 570GT, 600LT coupe, 600LT Spider, and 620R. The final examples of the series were built at the company's Woking, U.K. headquarters at the end of 2020. The 620R was the last off the line.

The McLaren 620R is a road legal version of a race car. It's based on the McLaren 570S GT4 and uses motorsport technology without the restriction of racing regulations. It is the most powerful Sports Series model ever, with a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 producing 611 brake horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque.

Final examples of the McLaren 620R

Photo courtesy of McLaren Automotive

1 / 5

The 620R shares aerodynamic hardware with the 570S GT4, creating 408-pounds of downforce at 155 mph. It can handle the road (and you can hear it coming) thanks to its wider track, carbon ceramic brakes and center locking wheels, and low-exit stainless steel sports exhaust.

"As the McLaren range has matured, we've tailored our North American model line-up to closely match customers' requirements, with a car suitable for every personality," explained Tony Joseph, President, McLaren, the Americas. "Limited-numbers models with the highest levels of performance – cars like the 620R, which feels like a race car on the street or at a track day - are in demand not only because of the driving experience they offer but because they have even greater exclusivity. You can see how this has played out with the 765LT as well, with all of the available volume sold."

Of the 225 examples of the 620R produced, only 70 were slated for the North American market. All North American 620R models come with a special MSO upgrade package that features a gloss finish Visual Carbon Fibre roof with a roof scoop to maximize engine intake and exhaust sound, MSO Defined gloss finish carbon fibre roof cantrails and the McLaren Track Telemetry system with lap time function and three cameras to record on-track performance.

Trending News

 
 

New driver assist technology is coming to the Lexus lineup later this year.

Photo courtesy of Lexus

New Lexus Teammate driver assistance technology will debut on the 2022 Lexus LS 500h later this year. Its availability is constrained to all-wheel drive models.

The technology was developed based on the Mobility Teammate Concept. This automated driving concept is unique to Toyota sough to enhance communication between drivers and cars, "enabling them to reach out to each other for mutual assistance". The concept sees cars and humans interacting and partnering rather than having automation take over for drivers. This approach allows drivers to enjoy the experience of driving but allowing the vehicle to take over some functions of driver's duties at times. In this way, the tech works as both guardian and chauffeur.

2022 Lexus The company's flagship sedan will get the technology first.Photo courtesy of Lexus

2022 Lexus LS 500h

On the 2022 Lexus 500h, Lexus Teammate will offer two functions: Advanced Drive and Advanced Park.

Advanced Drive is design to "accurately detect driving conditions to plan and execute acceleration, braking, and steering commands to maintain the vehicle within the lane, follow other vehicles, change lanes, navigate certain interchanges and traffic jams and overtake slower vehicles." It's a Level 2 functionality that "allows for driving on limited-access highways with partial hands-free, eyes-on-the-road operation".

This description makes it sound a lot like the suite of lane keeping, lane centering, and adaptive cruise control technology that Hyundai offers rather than true Level 3 technology that General Motors's Super Cruise delivers.

Lexus will show operation of the technology on a screen with information displayed like this.Photo courtesy of Lexus

Advanced Park operates similar to how the Genesis GV80's hands-free parking assist technology works. The Lexus tech automatically controls steering, acceleration, braking, and gear changes with parallel parking or backing into a parking space. It uses a combination of 360-degree sensing technologies and a bird's eye view display to perform the task while allowing the driver to monitor progress.

"We are very proud of Lexus Teammate, which is the culmination of five years of close collaboration between our technical centers in Japan and the US. We conducted simultaneous development and rigorous testing in both markets with the goal of achieving industry-leading advanced driver assistance functionality," says Derek Caveney, executive engineer at Toyota Motor North America's Integrated Vehicle Systems team.

Trending News