The Tahoe Special Service model was Chevrolet’s reaction to the increased demand for their large sport utility vehicle in police and other emergency departments. Unofficially accepted as a favorable law enforcement vehicle for many years prior, the 1999 model year’s introduction of the Tahoe Special Service model joined the Tahoe Police Special product. Unlike the Police Special, the Chevrolet Tahoe Special Service was equipped with four-wheel drive.
Four-wheel drive on the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe Special Service allowed the sport utility vehicle to operate well in snowy or areas where roads are less preferable for cars. A 5.7-liter V-8 provided 255 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque for the law enforcement vehicle channeled to the wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel range for the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe Special Service vehicle was 13 miles per gallon city and 18 miles per gallon highway. While capable of traveling with greater ease in less-ideal road and off-road conditions than the two-wheel drive Police Special, the Chevrolet Tahoe Special Service’s trade-off with four-wheel drive was top speed. A lower maximum speed capability of the Tahoe Special Service model results in the vehicle not being suitable for high-speed pursuit use.
In addition to specialized police equipment on the 1999 Tahoe Special Service, advanced front airbags, anti-roll bar and anti-lock braking system was included standard on the sport utility vehicle. Behind the rear seat, up to 70.3 cubic feet of cargo volume inside the sport utility vehicle allowed a considerable amount of gear to be carried on-board. A new Chevrolet Tahoe Special Service Vehicle based on the GMT800 truck platform was introduced in 2003.
The service-oriented variant of the Tahoe, the 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe Special Service vehicle offers a safe drive thanks to anti-lock braking system (ABS), advanced airbags, anti-roll bar, and traction control.