Important Changes Announced Regarding the 2017 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle
While Chevrolet Caprice production in Elizabeth, Australia, is set to end at some point next year, Chevy will be offering a 2017 version of the full-size sedan that will be available in both the high-performance Chevrolet SS model and as a police-exclusive patrol vehicle.
The sixth-generation Chevy Caprice has been in continuous production since 2006 and will come with several updates for 2017. Changes include the deletion of two exterior color options: Hugo Blue and Mystic Green. In addition, the cloth rear bench seat used in the outgoing model has also been removed. In its place will be a vinyl rear bench seat, seatback security panel, and carpeted floor covering.
For 2017, the Caprice PPV will feature the choice between two engine options. The standard motor is a 3.6-liter V6 with direct-injection technology. This V6 pumps out 301 horsepower and also boasts E85 FlexFuel capability. Paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the V6-powered Caprice PPV can reach a top speed of 150 mph. The other available engine is a 6.0-liter V8 that’s good for 355 horsepower and a top speed of 155 mph. The V8 comes with Active Fuel Management technology and is also paired with the six-speed auto.
Other changes made to the Caprice PPV include the addition of an 18-inch full-size spare wheel as a standard feature. Furthermore, both the V6 and V8-powered Caprice PPVs come standard with limited slip differential.
The future of the Carprice PPV and Chevrolet SS are both unknown with Holden scheduled to shut down its manufacturing plant next year in Elizabeth, Australia. However, earlier this year, Chevrolet Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser–who oversees the US market SS model–did tell CarAdvice.com that no end date had been announced for the Chevy SS, which fueled speculation that the high-performance sedan, along with the Caprice, might live on after all.
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