Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle Updated for 2017 MY

2017 Chevrolet Caprice PPV 6 photos
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In continuous production since 2006, the sixth-generation Chevrolet Caprice will soldier on in the 2017 model year. Considering that production of the Caprice is set to end sometime next year, the big sedan will be dearly missed by many people.
In Australia, the Caprice is pretty popular as a taxi and with buyers in the market for an honest-to-God full-size sedan. In the United States of America, on the other hand, the Caprice is offered in two flavors: Chevrolet SS sports sedan or police-only Chevrolet Caprice PPV. The SS is a rather exciting machine with tail-happy credentials, as you can find out from our extensive road test. The Caprice PPV, however, is a no-nonsense law enforcement vehicle.

For the 2017 Chevrolet Caprice PPV, the soon-to-go-out-of-production police vehicle is up for a handful of changes. Firstly, two exterior colors have been deleted from the list (Mystic Green and Hugo Blue). Paint jobs that haven’t been axed are Heron White, Phantom Black Metallic, Red Hot, and Silver Ice Metallic. For the 2017 model year, the Caprice PPV also loses its cloth rear bench seat in favor of a vinyl rear bench seat with carpeted floor covering and a seatback security panel.

The frontal, side-impact, head curtain, and knee airbags for the front passengers airbags are standard, making the Caprice PPV pretty safe in the event of a crash. As for additions, the 2017 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicles comes as standard with an 18-inch full-size spare wheel and tire, as well as a limited-slip differential for both the V6 and V8. Speaking of engines, they’re the same units as before.

The 3.6-liter direct injection V6 churns out 301 horsepower and it’s E85 FlexFuel capable, while the 6.0-liter V8 boasts 355 horsepower and Active Fuel Management. In terms of top speed, the difference between the two is insignificant: 150 mph vs. 155 mph. Of course, both engines are conjoined with a six-speed auto.

It will be sad to see the Caprice PPV go, but all is not lost. Considering that there’s a possibility that the Chevrolet SS sports sedan will live on after Holden shuts down its manufacturing plant in the Land Down Under, chances are the Caprice PPV will be reborn, one way or another. Fingers crossed it will.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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