The Caprice name will return to Chevrolet in 2011 as a rear-drive police car.
The car will be engineered by General Motors Co.'s Holden subsidiary in Australia and assembled there.
The announcement was made today at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Denver.
The Caprice will be based on the rwd vehicle platform used to create the Pontiac G8, Chevrolet Camaro and several Holden vehicles -- including the Chevrolet Caprice that is sold in the Middle East.
The car will be marketed to police agencies here as the Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle; V-8 and V-6 engines will be offered. Dealers will begin taking orders in the fourth quarter of 2010. Deliveries are expected in the first quarter of 2011.
Pricing was not announced.
GM spokesman Brian Goebel said the company thinks the Caprice “will be a significant addition to the police community.”
The rwd Ford Crown Victoria has the bulk of the U.S. police car business, but Ford is dropping the Crown Vic in 2011. A police-pursuit front-drive Taurus is under development.
Other players in the police car segment are the rwd Dodge Charger and front-drive Chevrolet Impala. Law enforcement agencies tend to favor V-8-powered, rwd sedans because of handling characteristics and the high horsepower.