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Chevy Adds Column Shifter To 2014 Caprice PPV

May 22, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of GM.
Photo courtesy of GM.
General Motors added a column-mounted shifter and other upgrades to the 2014 Chevrolet Caprice PPV for law enforcement officers, the company announced Wednesday.

Chevy engineers added the column-mounted shifter to the 2014 model-year Caprice—the patrol car is now in its fourth model yearat the request of numerous police fleet managers. Officers in general are more confortable with column-shifters, and the configuration enables easier installation of equipment.

GM announced details of the 2014 Caprice at a police vehicle trade show in Fort Worth.

The 2014 Caprice will also include increased use of high-strength steel throughout its structure to bolster roll-over protection. Redesigned front seat-mounted side airbags will reduce the risk of pelvic injury up to 30 percent, according to GM.

The automaker will also increase hip room to 57.5 inches and add a new driver's seat specifically sculpted for a duty belt. The previous seat included cutouts for a police sidearm.

Other upgrades include a "surveillance mode" circuit that darkens interior lighting for inconspicuous operation. The automaker added new electric power steering, a front stabilizer bar, and larger front struts to improve corning and stability.

For technology upgrades, GM will offer its seven-inch MyLink touch-screen radio with Bluetooth streaming audio and cell-phone connectivity. Trunk-release buttons have been added to the driver- and passenger-side doors.

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Comments (6)

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Tim Mullins @ 5/23/2013 4:20 PM

Thought they would have added all wheel drive...Especially for departments in snow belt areas like New England....Hope to see more caprices out there!

GAP @ 5/23/2013 9:38 PM

Great, Only wish GM Holden Australia would do the same for us poor police in OZ, the current models are very cramped & restrictive, estecially with the gear we carry too.

Brian @ 5/25/2013 12:40 PM

We likely won't buy them unless the price point comes down. The Caprice costs more than the police Tahoe. The Charger and Interceptor are $4K less. That is like getting one free police car for every 5 purchased.

Marshal Fine @ 5/28/2013 7:46 AM

I agree with Brian... I LOVED our 90's Caprices, especially when equipped with the cast iron LT1! Could pass County (W)impalas in 3rd gear.. Guys would just wave us on past them!! That being said... I won't buy the new ones because of cost. I know they are moving production from Holden to the US, as the platform is going to be used for several cars here and that' s good news. I'm a Chevy guy, but I just can't beat Chrysler's pricing programs. Heck, around here , they sell 'em to any Emergency Responder at gov't prices........!!

Troop @ 5/28/2013 4:46 PM

I drive one of these cars and consider it the best patrol car out there in terms of power, room and overall handling. Superior to the Taurus sedan/suv and Charger

John @ 6/13/2013 8:44 PM


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