is definitely the Year of Chevrolet. The 2015 Tahoe PPV is all-new with a latest-technology
5.3L V8. A Special Service package has been released for the 2015 Silverado
1500. And the biggest news of all? A police-package, pursuit-capable 4x4 Tahoe
PPV is now available.
2015 2WD Tahoe PPV and the Special Service package 4x4 Tahoe 5W4 goes into
production this summer.
2015 police-package 4x4 Tahoe PPV and the special-service package Silverado SSV
go into production this fall. A bi-fuel, gasoline-CNG version of the NextGen
Impala will be available as a green fleet, police admin solution this fall. The
new bi-fuel CNG version of the brand-new Silverado HD is available now.
summer GM Law Enforcement Product Council meeting was held in conjunction with
the GM Fleet and Commercial 2015 Product Preview. The event basically covers
everything from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac: all of their sedans,
coupes, sports cars, hybrids, electric vehicles, crossovers, SUVs, ½-ton
pickups, ¾-ton pickups, 1-ton pickups and vans.
Product Preview was opened by Ed Peper, U.S. Vice President GM Fleet &
Commercial Sales. Peper acknowledged the ignition switch recall with a
commitment to fix the problem and a statement that safety remains a priority at
GM. He also highlighted General Motors’ recent achievements in a number of
ways. GM has 10 straight quarters of the most patents issued by the U.S. Patent
office in automotive technology.
GM brands have continued to take Vincentric “Best Value” awards, which are
linked to the total cost of ownership. These Best Value for 2014 awards include
Truck Brand (Chevrolet); Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Car (Chevrolet Spark); Premium
Compact Crossover (Buick Encore); Premium Large Crossover (Buick Enclave);
Large SUV (Chevrolet Suburban); ¾-ton pickup (Chevrolet Silverado 2500).
the JDPower Initial Quality Study of 2013 models, the Chevrolet Impala topped
the Large Car list. Other GM winners were Tahoe (Large SUV); Chevrolet Avalanche
(Large Light Duty Pickup); Cadillac Escalade (Large Premium SUV); Chevrolet
Camaro (Midsize Sporty Car); and Buick Encore (Sub Compact SUV).
JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study was also good news for GM’s 2011 models.
The Chevrolet Volt took top honors for Compact Car; Buick Lucerne for Large
Car; GMC Yukon for Large SUV; GMC Sierra HD for Heavy-Duty truck; GMC Sierra
1500 for Light-Duty truck; Cadillac Escalade for Large Premium SUV; Cadillac
DTS for Large Premium Car; and Chevrolet Camaro for Midsize Sporty Car.
rise in ALG estimates for residual value after three years, 36K miles has
likewise been good news for all four GM brands, especially including Chevrolet.
“Transaction price is part of the total cost of ownership, but only part,”
Peper said. Put another way, one police department reported on average residual
value of $11,000 for a Tahoe PPV with 100K miles. This compares to an average
of $2,900 for 100K-mile Ford CVPIs from the same department.
New for 2015
2015, GM has many fleet and retail big announcements. The first is a new three-truck
strategy with the introduction of the all-new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC
Canyon. The full-size Silverado/Sierra was all new for 2014. The Silverado HD/Sierra
HD is all new for 2015 and so is the midsize Colorado/Canyon.
much truck for the job raises initial cost and operating cost concerns. Too
little truck for the job raises maintenance/repair and residual value concerns.
Right-sizing and One Step Down are clear trends in muni purchasing, so GM’s
three-truck strategy gives municipalities the flexibility to more precisely match
truck to task.
in 2WD and 4WD, Extended Cab and Crew Cab, these midsize trucks will be powered
by a 200 hp, 2.5L I-4, while the 305 hp, 3.6L V6 is an option. A 2.8L
turbo-four diesel will be added to the lineup in 2016. Interestingly, the 2015
Colorado and 2015 Silverado HD use many features popularized on the 2014 Silverado:
corner step bumper, two-tier load rack, multiple bed tie-downs, bed and
tailgate protector, spray-in bed liner, and controlled drop/assisted lift
big news for muni fleets is the 2015 Chevrolet City Express small van. New from
Chevrolet in early 2015 is TRAX, their small SUV, already in use in 30 global
markets. Powered by a 1.4L turbo-four, it is available as an AWD.
big announcement, corporate-wide, was a huge leap in connectivity leveraging
OnStar and 4G LTE technology. This feature includes a WiFi-Internet hotspot
with connections for up to seven devises. The partnership with Telogis raises
the cloud-based telematics with actionable intelligence to an entirely new
level: text messages displayed on-screen; simple telemetric technology. All of
this is factory-installed and tamper proof. About 30 GM vehicles will have
OnStar as standard equipment embedded hardware by the end of 2014. Vehicles
equipped with OnStar can subscribe to Telogis for telematics that offer
advanced fleet management tools and capabilities. Information is power; OnStar
2015 GM Product Preview included the opportunity to drive a few of the 120
different makes and models of GM vehicles that were fueled and waiting. Each
drive included a twisting on-ramp to the interstate, a sweeping off-ramp, a
U-turn, the ramps and time on the interstate…about a 7-mile loop. If you concentrate
on one aspect of the vehicle at a time, you can learn a lot in just a short
Street Drive. I spent the entire afternoon.
drives included the V6 Caprice PPV (pricing and availability issues aside,
still the closest replacement for the Ford CVPI), and the V8 Caprice PPV and
Chevy SS (both of which perform like a four-door Camaro SS). The new body style
Impala was next (what a great car, way under-appreciated) and the Buick
Lacrosse (which showed what an AWD Impala might have done).
the “Gee, I wonder about police vehicles of the future” department, I drove the
V6-powered Traverse and the V6-powered Equinox. The 3.6L V6 is nowhere near
enough engine for the Traverse and the vehicle needs much better brakes. As a surprise,
the Equinox crossover seemed like a pretty good fit. Of course, any future
vehicle will be an entirely new and different vehicle. GM has no plans
whatsoever for police versions of either the Traverse or Equinox.
keep an eye on the police admin-type vehicles, I drove a Cruze and Malibu. The Cruze Eco and
Malibu Eco are solid green choices for non-pursuit police tasks. The Cadillac
CTS-V, Chevy Spark, Cadillac ELR (sister to Volt) rounded out the frivolous but
fun test drives.
Tahoe PPV Driving Impressions
real test drive, the one that counted, the one that really matters, was the
2015 Tahoe PPV. The 2WD Tahoe PPV and 4x4 Tahoe SSV will go into production this
summer. The much-anticipated 4x4 Tahoe PPV goes into production this fall. A
dozen members of GM’s LEPC spent three hours on an extended drive with the new 2015
Tahoe PPV (2WD). The roads ranged from interstates to paved rural roads.
out of the NextGen police sedans and into the Tahoe is like a breath of fresh
air. In full uniform, with full duty belt and body armor, the Tahoe is
extremely easy to enter and exit. Inside, there is plenty of head, shoulder,
hip, knee, leg and foot room for both the driver and front seat passenger. And
there is plenty of room for upfit gear. The Tahoe has so much room, compared to
so many of today’s cramped police vehicles, it takes a while to get over the
sensation of roominess so you can see the other Tahoe features.
of these is reduced body roll during aggressive driving. The Tahoe handles
well, but has always had a bit of body roll. The 2015 Tahoe PPV has good
steering response and good evasive handling but no wallow or lumbering. While
producing fairly flat cornering, it also produces a fairly comfortable ride.
The new Tahoe definitely has a less harsh ride, even when empty of cargo. Both
the PPV Tahoes, the new 2WD and the upcoming 4x4, have the same ride height.
of a responsive turn-in for cornering, the electric power assist steering (EPAS)
is absolutely transparent. Not a single LEPC member noticed anything unusual or
quirky about the steering: low speed effort, on-center at highway speeds,
stability at very high speeds. If we were not told the Tahoe had EPAS steering,
we would not have questioned it by the way the Tahoe felt.
latest ALG residual value estimates are a too-obvious-to-miss clue about how
much improved the 2015 Tahoe is over the proven successful 2014 Tahoe. The ALG
residual value estimates jumped 13 percentage points from 44 percent (2014
generation) to 57 percent (2015 generation). That is the best early evidence
that the NextGen Tahoe will be much better than even the venerable, current
said, the Tahoe pricing has gone up for 2015. Fleet pricing varies
state-to-state. A common transaction price for the 2014 Tahoe (2WD) PPV may
have been around $26K. Expect to pay about $3K more for the 2015 version of the
2WD Tahoe PPV. Expect to pay another $3K more for the 2015 version of the
pursuit-rated, 4x4 Tahoe PPV. The 2015 Tahoe PPV does, however, come standard
with many features that were optional on the 2014 Tahoe PPV: back-up sensors,
rear camera, auxiliary battery, and trailer hitch.
new 2015 Tahoe PPV both has more horsepower and torque and will get better fuel
economy compared to the previous version. It is simply a better, safer vehicle.
The good news about the Tahoe is that it will be with us—just as it is—for many
years of production.
new Silverado SSV is based on the Crew Cab with either the standard or short
box. The Silverado SSV is powered by the new 5.3L V8, which has been upgraded
by direct injection added to variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation.
The result of these latest three engine technologies is a little more
horsepower and a lot more torque. The Silverado SSV is available as a 2WD or a
Silverado SSV is not pursuit-rated and has a top speed limited to 98 mph. The
SSV suspension (tires, wheels, brakes, springs, shocks) is the same as the
retail WT1 “work truck” and has not been changed with police components.
Silverado SSV has many police-friendly features including a heavy-duty
alternator, auxiliary (isolated) battery, high-capacity air cleaner, optional upfitter
switches inside the cab, a unique vinyl rear seat with cloth front seat
combination, and a 20 percent (center section) front seat delete. The Silverado
SSV comes standard with a manual driver’s seat. If a power seat is ordered, the
20 percent section cannot be deleted. However, it can be removed by the
department and stored to be later placed back in the truck for the maximum