Chevrolet Caprice police car. Click image to enlarge
Denver, Colorado – General Motors will put the Chevrolet Caprice name back into production, as an all-new rear-wheel drive Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) that will be available to law enforcement fleets across North America in 2011.
Chevrolet made the announcement at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Denver.
“The new Chevrolet Caprice police car is the right tool at the right time for law enforcement,” said Jim Campbell, general manager of GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “We asked for a lot of feedback from our police customers, which helped us develop a vehicle that is superior to the Crown Victoria in key areas.”
The Caprice PPV is not based on existing passenger car “civilian” models sold in North America. It uses a 6.0-litre V8, with a V6 available beginning in the 2012 model year, and includes optional front-seat only curtain air bags to allow a rear-seat barrier, two trunk-mounted batteries with one dedicated to powering police equipment, compatibility with in-dash touch-screen computer technology, and special front seats that comfortably accommodate bulky equipment belts.
The Caprice PPV is based on GM’s global rear-drive platform that is also used on the Chevrolet Camaro, and uses the longest wheelbase of the architecture, with four-wheel independent suspension. The company last made Caprice police cars in 1996, when GM’s full-size, body-on-frame architecture was discontinued.