General Motors is determined to take the lead against FoMoCo and Chrysler in the police fleet vehicle market. The company is touting the new Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle’s rear-wheel-drive and interior room. The model will be the first rear-wheel-drive police car form Chevrolet since 1996.
While the vehicle “has a smaller overall exterior, the Caprice has more interior volume than a Crown Victoria,” said Al Oppenheiser, the vehicle’s chief engineer.
The first units of the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol vehicle will arrive in the United States in April and will be the unmarked detective vehicles. Those will be followed official patrol cars that will join the lineup in June with orders to begin in January 2011. Both will be 2011 models and will carry a price tag of $30,995. All will come with a five-year/100,000-mile warranty. When full production begins for the 2012 model year, Chevrolet expects orders to be processed and cars delivered in 14 to 16 weeks.
Refresher: Power comes from a 6.0L V8 engine that produces 355-hp with a peak torque of 384 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, 0 to 60 mph in the sub 6-second range. The Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle is scheduled to hit the streets in 2011. GM says that a V6 option will also be offered beginning in the 2012 model year.
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