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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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I love this comment ..
By danfan1587 on 11/14/2007 7:05:08 PM , Rating: 2
"...Too bad Maximum Bob failed to mention that a 2008 Toyota Camry CE has a base price of $18,470 and is EPA rated at 24 MPG /34 MPG (city/highway) for the manual and 24 MPG /33 MPG for the automatic..."

I think GM is missing the point altogether about hybrids. The premium you pay for this beast outweighs the millage gained. According to http://www.fueleconomy.gov the 2007 Yukon currently gets 14 city/20 hwy. The article states 20/20 for the 2008 Yukon.

So, Maximum Bob, what the point of a Yukon Hybrid when your not saving that much after you've shelled out $53K?




RE: I love this comment ..
By mdogs444 on 11/14/07, Rating: 0
RE: I love this comment ..
By Ringold on 11/14/2007 10:20:34 PM , Rating: 2
What I don't get is the comparison to a Camry..

You can fit, what, two Camry's inside a Tahoe? :P

Maybe a (slight) exaggeration, but the Tahoe is practically an Armored Personnel Carrier. A Camry, on the other hand, is a reasonable family car for the common man/woman/family.


RE: I love this comment ..
By gradoman on 11/14/2007 10:43:25 PM , Rating: 2
And funny enough, those gigantic, oversized monsters are filled with how many people?? And how often do you see that single person towing something or hauling cargo?


RE: I love this comment ..
By Spuke on 11/15/2007 5:16:38 PM , Rating: 2
I am definitely not anti-buywhatyouwant but you have to admit, driving a behemoth by yourself is a bit ridiculous. Although, maybe we're just seeing them on the way to or from picking up the neighborhood kids or the family at the airport.

Since a I own a truck and a sports car (that gets 28 mpg BTW) I can relate somewhat to this crowd but my wife and I have thought about buying an SUV many times and we could never come up with a good reason to buy one. We don't need multiple seating, the tow ratings are WAY lower than trucks, and unless you buy a Suburban or Excursion, there's just not enough room for 5 or more people and lots of stuff. The size of most SUV's is deceptive and most really have no more room than a mid to large sedan.


RE: I love this comment ..
By Screwballl on 11/17/2007 3:48:38 PM , Rating: 2
So a possible 6mpg increase... this means that the hybrid portion changes very little if anything in real world usage. How often do people actually drive under 30 mph? Only for a block or two when leaving the neighborhood or maybe in heavy downtown traffic but overall there is little be gained for the extra $$$.

Now give me a way to change my 7.4L GM 454 to get 20 mpg (currently gets 8-10mpg) and this is a bigger step. Until we see 10-20+ mpg, it is just not worth the money.


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