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Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid  (Source: General Motors)

GM vice chairman Bob Lutz
GM's full-size hybrids crack the $50k barrier

The hybrid news is coming in at a furious pace from the boys over at General Motors. Earlier today, the company showed off its second generation Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid pickup which features the new 2-mode gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.

Now, the company has priced out its new Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid and GMC Yukon Hybrid full-size SUVs. The Tahoe Hybrid will be priced at $50,490 for 2WD models and $53,295 for 4WD models. The slightly up-market Yukon Hybrid will be priced at $50,945 and $53,755 in 2WD and 4WD models respectively.

As with the previously announced Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, the two full-size SUVs feature GM's 2-mode hybrid system which is backed with a 6.0 liter V8 engine. The SUVs can travel up to 30 MPH under electric-only power and can tow up to 6,200 pounds in 2WD guise (6,000 pounds for 4WD models).

As reported by DailyTech in late September, the Tahoe Hybrid and Yukon Hybrid are rated at 21 MPG/22 MPG and 20 MPG/20 MPG respectively for 2WD and 4WD models.

"We promised to apply our most advanced technologies to vehicles that can save the most fuel, and we are delivering on that promise with the Tahoe and Yukon Hybrid SUVs," said GM vice chairman Bob Lutz. "The gasoline-only Tahoe and Yukon SUVs already offer best-in-segment fuel economy. Now, consumers can choose GM's patented 2-Mode Hybrid technology that delivers the same city fuel economy as the 2008 Toyota Camry with the base four-cylinder engine. The difference is that the Tahoe and Yukon can seat eight people and can tow up to 6,200 pounds."

For comparison, a 2008 Toyota Camry CE has a base price of $18,470 and is EPA rated at 21 MPG/31 MPG (city/highway) for the manual and automatic.



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RE: Hah
By mdogs444 on 11/14/2007 3:22:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yes Ive been saying for a while now that Hybrids to not allow you to save money. Sure you may get a few MPG more, but you are paying thousands more for the Hybrid technology - and not to mention how much more expensive it is to fix.

I would rather have the regular gas guzzling environmentalist killer any day of the week. Even if I had 50k for a Tahoe hybrid, id still rather buy the regular V8 Tahoe.


RE: Hah
By clovell on 11/14/2007 3:31:34 PM , Rating: 2
Well, in certain cirmstances, I can understand (like serial hybrids) - I'd love to have a Chevy Volt. I may actually have a chance to save some money like that.


RE: Hah
By mdogs444 on 11/14/2007 3:39:20 PM , Rating: 1
The Volt is a nice concept. However, its only feasible for a certain target market. Its not a family car, its not meant for long trips, etc.

Also, we have not seen the results of your electric bill on that car, the car insurance prices, etc.

Seeing as how I only fill up once every weeks in my Grand Cherokee SRT-8, I could really care less if gas was $2, $3, $4. I mean, sure it would be nice to have cheaper gas. But even if gas goes to $5/gallon, I am not going to make a change to a small car that, in my opinion, is not as safe or luxurious enough vehicle as what I currently have.


RE: Hah
By clovell on 11/14/2007 4:05:25 PM , Rating: 1
I like a car that's nimble. I have a nice minivan for family trips and a smaller car for my commute (32 miles round-trip).

The Volt can take long trips. Electricity would cost less than gas. There's a decent chance that maintenance will be less and most could still be performed at home.

Insurance shouldn't be much different than ICE vehicles. The only thing I'd be concerned about is safety. Some smaller vehicles do pretty well in terms of safety, but they aren't Chevys.

The Volt could work for me, definitely. Personally, though, I'd sooner have a slightly used M3 for the same cost - the 2008s look amazing.


RE: Hah
By mdogs444 on 11/14/07, Rating: 0
RE: Hah
By Operandi on 11/14/2007 4:35:31 PM , Rating: 2
Your Cherokee SRT-8 is also only feasible a certain target market (a very small one at that), as all vehicles are. The Volt on the other hand should have pretty broad appeal for anyone looking at smaller cars.

It is suited for long drives, and electricity will always be far cheaper than gas.


RE: Hah
By mdogs444 on 11/14/2007 5:14:03 PM , Rating: 2
I agree that my choice (model) in the car is a small market. However, I think the regular V8 Grand Cherokee 4x4 is a very large target market. Probably one of the best, if not the best, current selling SUV's on the market.

I think the Volt will appeal to people looking for smaller cars, no doubt. But not everyone wants a small car - whether they deem them visually unacceptable by their standards, maybe their aren't large enough, safe enough, etc who knows.

I wasn't putting down the volt, just saying that its not a car that would serve my interests - or be what i want to drive anyway.


RE: Hah
By andrinoaa on 11/15/2007 3:18:57 AM , Rating: 1
I cannot let unsubstanciated bulldust go past without comment. You sir are not paying the full amount for your gas. You are not paying for the cleanup bill! Yes, Johnny, there is a bill to pay. If this was included, the price diffential would be much less.

Since when is a family car only for long trips? Why are you chanting this mantra? When gas gets to $10/gal, are you seriously saying you won't go down in size? Are you saying most people in Europe drive unsafe cars? Which part of the world has more deaths on the road? What scientific assesment leads you to this opinion on safety? Are you saying smaller cars cannot be luxurious?
I'd say you got the arguement arse about.
You have swallowed the "AMERICAN" dream, hook, line
and sinker. Just keep spending, they will love you for it.


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