Not a dumb question, but you’re correct. It allows the upfitters to add whatever full-width radios, controls, etc. to be added in the center console area. Plus, a column shifter is intuitive when you need to quickly slam it into Drive. That’s also why low gear is a push button — you don’t want to accidentally slam it into low gear during pursuit.
And here is my new ride - 2015 Michigan State Police PIU, just drove back from Chicago to Denver this past weekend!
Man you fellas up north get the best colors and the best grilles. would you mind sharing where you bought it? The grille that is.