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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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By dubldwn on 11/14/2007 3:41:26 PM , Rating: 3
The Tahoe Hybrid will be priced at $50,490 for 2WD models and $53,295 for 4WD models

The MSRP of a top-of-the-line 4WD Tahoe LTZ is $38,950. GM wants over $14,000 for the hybrid option? What am I missing here?

RE: $53,295?!
By mdogs444 on 11/14/2007 3:50:17 PM , Rating: 1
Well the pricing is deceiving - the pricing on a 4WD Tahoe ranges from $38k+ for the LS to $48k+ LTZ.

So in a way, you are right that you can get a 4WD tahoe $14k cheaper than a hybrid.

The hybrid is not meant to be cheaper - its just a retarded environmentalist pleaser so you can feel better about getting more MPG or better for the environment. Its like Al Gore buying Carbon Credits.

Personally, I think both are a waste of money because there is no shortage of oil (its not running out), and global warming is the biggest hoax of modern times.

RE: $53,295?!
By dubldwn on 11/14/2007 4:47:27 PM , Rating: 2
To save face, my number came from here:
I think your number is right...but still too much extra for the Hybrid.

RE: $53,295?!
By howtochooseausername on 11/15/2007 2:04:22 PM , Rating: 1
Another brilliant idea by the geniuses at GM.
1. Environmentalists are the only ones who buy fuel efficient cars
2. Environmentalists are willing to pay extra money for a SUV.
3. Therefore lets make an expensive SUV with a hybrid engine. That'll get the public off our backs, and turn around our fortunes.

And you wonder why our domestic auto makers are doing so well.

1. Everyone wants a fuel efficient car. It doesn't have to be a hybrid, just good on gas.
2/3 How much contempt are you showing to your consumer by pricing an SUV like this? Would an environmentalist even buy an SUV? Who is the target for this truck?

What I don't get is wasn't GM producing cars more efficient than the Japanese vehicles back in the 80s?

Is it that hard to make a fuel efficient car? I mean, why not make a car with a V6, and then let the driver turn off the extra cylinders when they don't need the extra power. Give the consumer more control.

RE: $53,295?!
By RU482 on 11/16/2007 9:57:10 AM , Rating: 2
$14k is nothing. Have you been to NYC and seen the Hybrid Electric Buses driving around? Those use the larger version of this drivetrain, and they go for a $100k+ premium over a standard bus transmission.

All in all, GM knows what they are doing here (marketing wise). They are giving people who would be driving a Full Size SUV anyway a chance to reduce emissions and increase in town fuel economy. Even more so, it gives the upper class working husbands a new toy to give their soccer mom wife so she can feel good about helping "the environment" (relative to the 07 Yukon she was driving before)

RE: $53,295?!
By Oregonian2 on 11/16/2007 9:29:30 PM , Rating: 2
Do folk think that adding the Hybrid features shouldn't increase GM's cost to produce the vehicle, and therefore justify needing to be sold for more?

Plus isn't there a tax thingie that makes the increase less "net"?

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