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GM Details 2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV Updates

May 23, 2013

GM made a number of changes to the 2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV, from a new surveillance mode to new front seats. Photo courtesy GM.
GM made a number of changes to the 2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV, from a new surveillance mode to new front seats. Photo courtesy GM.

General Motors is offering a number of new features on its 2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV patrol car. One major change GM made was to relocate the shifter from the center console to a column-shift design. GM said this change makes room for a new center console equipment mounting platform.

Other new features for MY-2014 include a surveillance mode, which allows cut-off lights for use in undercover work; electric power steering, which helps reduce fuel use by only using power when the driver turns the wheel; and a larger-diameter front stabilizer bar and new front struts designed to improve handling and reduce body roll during cornering maneuvers. GM also added the Chevrolet MyLink system with a seven-inch color touch screen, Bluetooth for connectivity with cell phones, a new instrument panel and cluster, and a higher capacity 700 CCA available auxiliary battery. Officers can customize various vehicle features using the new seven-inch touchscreen, according to GM.

For 2014, GM offers a new exterior color, Prussian Steel Metallic. Jet Black is standard.

One major change is the relocation of the shifter from the center console to a new column-shift design (pictured). Photo courtesy GM.
One major change is the relocation of the shifter from the center console to a new column-shift design (pictured). Photo courtesy GM.

In terms of additional changes, GM moved the trunk release buttons to both front doors, made the front seats more comfortable and revised the safety belt receivers to make them easier to buckle, and redesigned the front seat-mounted pelvic air bags, which GM said reduce the risk of pelvic injury by up to 30 percent. GM also relocated the driver information center programming controls to a stalk on the left-hand side of the steering column.

For the front seats, GM said its engineers worked on a number of different versions, testing them in the field. For 2014, GM made the seats wider and changed the bolsters so they allow officers to get in and out of the vehicle more easily. The automaker said its engineers sculpted the front seats so they feature a “pocket” that can accommodate an officer’s duty belt, with space for items normally on the belt. GM also changed the safety belt bucklers on the seats so they are easier to buckle.

GM said its engineers sculpted the front seats in the 2014 Caprice to better accomodate officers' duty belts. They also made the seats wider. Photo courtesy GM.
GM said its engineers sculpted the front seats in the 2014 Caprice to better accomodate officers' duty belts. They also made the seats wider. Photo courtesy GM.

The powertrain for 2014 is essentially the same as with the previous model year. The Caprice PPV is powered by a standard 3.6L V-6 rated at 301 hp. GM offers a 6.0L V-8, rated at 355 hp (265 kW), that comes with Active Fuel Management technology and E85 capability. Each engine is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission with sport shift calibrations designed for high-performance driving.

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  1. 1. Are You Kidding Me [ June 03, 2013 @ 06:17AM ]

    Great Job GM...move the shifter (after ignoring the market intially) but have a floorplate so high that ONLY agencies with Remote Head Radios and Remote Head Light/Siren Controllers will look at the vehicle. Look at the pics - the laptop shown is a CF19 (small laptop rarely used b/c too small) vs a standard CF31. Image a console - no pics with console shown...wonder why? Because it would show how stupid GM is for having a floorplate actually HIGHER than the seats.

    I hope some console manufacturers will be able to REMOVE the idiot work by GM and solve this DEPTH problem for them. Think about the market you are selling the vehicle to for once...do some homework and not just about driving dynamics and 0-60 times

  2. 2. Anthony Walter [ August 02, 2013 @ 11:35AM ]

    We still haven't been able to find anyone who manufactures a center console for a 2014 Caprice yet.
    Is surveillance mode legal in California?

  3. 3. Steve Kibler [ August 23, 2013 @ 10:28AM ]

    I for one commend GM for listening to our improvement suggestions. I sincerely hope that "Are You Kidding Me" is in no way affiliated with any Police Dept. I'm glad our City's officers speak respectfully and are able to use tack when describing any operational problems. If Kidding is an officer s/he needs to realize that opinions can be expressed without being rude.

  4. 4. Wes [ September 14, 2013 @ 02:59PM ]

    High floor plate sure does eat up valuable space. Also don't see any room for radios and siren controls in the area below the stereo.

  5. 5. Brian Paul [ October 14, 2013 @ 04:40PM ]

    Love the style and performance. Cost will make us look elsewhere. The Tahoe is actually less. Nice move on the shifter, but why did it take so long? I saw the protoype for this years ago and mentioned it and the GM guy said "live with it". I'm sure the floorplate is high for a reason, but it wouldn't work for us as we mount too much equipment there and need t he depth. We did and bought Fords. What's the latest on the Police Impala?

  6. 6. john wayne [ December 24, 2013 @ 12:56AM ]

    Junk. Whatever happened to body on rails? 2 deputies and gear equals 900 to 1100 pounds. You want me to squeeze myself in this thing and then try some maneuvers with it? Are you crazy GM? Bring back frame on body!

  7. 7. John [ February 22, 2014 @ 10:01AM ]

    Why not use the 6.2 liter engine that used in the Camaro and Corvette? Then it could compete with the Charger.

  8. 8. cody [ April 09, 2014 @ 10:52AM ]

    sick nasty

  9. 9. De [ April 22, 2014 @ 04:04PM ]

    Nice car but it needs work. I'd like to see GM lose all the electronic traction and stability gizmos. The car should be able to be driven hard, handle well, and drive safely without computer assistance. I like my CVPI becuase I don't have a computer second guessing me...if only it had a real engine.

  10. 10. John Clifford [ June 09, 2014 @ 09:51PM ]

    after reading the above comments re. the Chev. Caprice PPV my conclusions are that these people work for the opposition and relalise just how good the 2014 model is and by far superior to the opposition in many way's and is perfect for the job.

 

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