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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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Target Audience
By Machinegear on 11/15/2007 4:16:15 PM , Rating: 1
Usually when a new car comes out the target audience is evident. A $50k+ hybrid SUV that sells $14k over the V8 model and only gets 20mpg? Only a clown would buy it.

If you have $50k burning in your pocket and a SUV in your wet dreams, buy the V8 version then stop over at Toyota and buy a new Corolla for $14k (37mpg highway).

GM looks like they just don't understand innovation or market demand (Hummer anyone?). I see it now... the next advanced development from GM will be the hybrid Corvette, where you have the ability to pedal the car forward with your feet.

RE: Target Audience
By Spuke on 11/15/2007 5:19:42 PM , Rating: 2
There are people that would buy this even at $50K. And, quite frankly, they aren't in the same market as the Corolla buyer. More than likely this buyer would already own a diesel dually and possibly a sports car.

RE: Target Audience
By ZaethDekar on 11/15/2007 5:26:19 PM , Rating: 2
That pedaling car would be fun. Specially if its someone with the prostetic enhancement legs. WOoo! Talk about crazy ;) Or why don't they have the normal engine, a pedal engine, and then electric motors. That way when you run out of gas, you have the passenger start pedaling to charge the electric motors and your off again. THen you also install a propane tank so you have normal gas, pedal, and propane. Three types of fuel and if you are really buff you can get infinate MPG.

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