It’s not uncommon for rival automakers to “borrow” competing vehicles for benchmarking purposes. Ford keeps a close eye on its longtime crosstown competition, General Motors, and routinely evaluates its vehicles. Recently, Ford Authority has spotted several GM vehicles in the hands of The Blue Oval, including a Chevy Corvette C8, a Chevy Camaro ZL1, a Duramax-powered Chevy Silverado LTZ and a GMC Hummer EV Pickup. Now, we’ve caught Ford benchmarking a Chevy Tahoe PPV.
As a reminder, Tahoe PPV stands for Police Pursuit Vehicle. This large police-spec SUV competes directly with the Ford Expedition SSV, or Special Services Vehicle. The Tahoe PPV gets its power from GM’s 5.3L EcoTec3 L83 V8 paired with the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission, and features upgraded mechanical over its civilian counterparts that help improve its performance. This also includes a heavy duty braking setup, with six-piston Brembo calipers clamped around large 16-inch rotors. The yellow sticker affixed to the rear window denotes this particular vehicle as property of Ford.
For comparison, the Expedition SSV is powered by Ford’s turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6, rated at 480 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission. Like the Chevy Tahoe PPV, the Expedition SSV has been granted performance upgrades to handle heavy duty driving, such as a lower ride height than the civilian-spec Expedition, a specially tuned suspension and heavy duty braking system.
The Blue Oval’s police vehicles have proven extremely popular, and have consistently dominated special vehicle fleet sales over the past few years. Larger SUVs and crossovers have become increasingly popular for police fleets, a market that Ford seems to have cornered with vehicles like its Expedition SSV.
In late 2021, Ford Authority also spotted a civilian Chevy Tahoe being benchmarked by Ford, indicating that the automaker is very interested in keeping an eye on its crosstown rival’s popular SUV.