Holden-based Chevrolet Caprice Police vehicle ready for U.S service

Holden-based Chevrolet Caprice Police vehicle ready for U.S service

After recently releasing images of the Holden-developed Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle and ‘Detective’ variants last month, GM has now released footage of the WM Statesman-based saloon patroling American streets.

GM has also confirmed that the Detective variant will be offered to enforcement agencies from October this year, and will be delivered to buyers by April 2011. Orders for the Police-liveried Caprice PPV will be taken from October. So far, it’s unknown if any American police departments have placed orders.

The ‘9C1’ PPV was first revealed at Holden’s Port Melbourne headquarters late last year before getting its first US unveiling at the LA Auto Show in December.

The previously unseen 9C3 Detective variant has been developed specifically for use by plain-clothed police and federal agencies. Its mechanical configuration is almost identical to the 9C1 patrol vehicle, the Detective more comfortable seating and cupholders.

Both vehicles receive GM’s 6.0 litre V8, producing 265kW and 384Nm and utilising Active Fuel Management and the petrol- and E85 Ethanol-friendly FlexFuel system.

While the Holden-based vehicles look worthy of replacing the old Ford Crown Victoria in US law-enforcement fleets, the Caprice is just one contender in a competitive field. No decisions have been made yet.

Holden claims that the Los Angeles Police Department has been interested in the WM-platformed Caprice for some time. If the car is selected as the LAPD’s next patrol vehicle, its order alone could total some 20,000 cars.

But the LAPD likely won’t nominate its choice of patrol car (the Caprice is up against the Chevy Impala, Ford Taurus and Dodge Charger) for a while, and a final decision isn’t expected until later this year. If selected by the LAPD, Holden is confident other police departments will follow suit.

The potential export market for the Caprice numbers some 70,000 cars just for the States alone, and law enforcement agencies in Canada and the UK have also signaled their interest in a VE/WM platform patrol vehicle.

Neither the LAPD nor any other US law enforcement agency has voiced a commitment to buying the Chevy Caprice PPV just yet, but Holden is staying optimistic and believing that demand for the car will be strong.

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