GM has just announced the official EPA rating for its new 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid SUV. Featuring a two-mode hybrid powertrain, the new truck-based people hauler delivers a pretty much impressive fuel economy that makes the American behemoth almost as efficient as the 2008 Kia Sportage 4WD!
According to the company, the gasoline-electric version of the vehicle is able to travel as many as 21 miles per gallon of gas in the city driving conditions (for the 2WD model), which is 50 per cent better than the same model with an ordinary 5.3-liter V8 powerplant may achieve.
Due to natural limitations of the technology, the numbers will not be equally impressive on the highway, though, being 22mpg and 20mpg respectively.
The 4WD Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid will feature 20 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
The Tahoe Hybrid is equipped with a ‘real’ two-mode hybrid powertrain working together with 6.0L V8 and producing up to 332 hp and 367 lb-ft of combined torque. With all this power, the heavy SUV accelerates almost like a station wagon, reaching 60mph in a little bit more than 8 seconds, at the same time featuring 6,200 lbs of towing capacity.
Automotive News is reporting that the hybrid SUV will sell in the low- to mid-$40,000 range, so both Tahoe and the GMC Yukon hybrids will probably be loss-makers.
What is more important to General Motors is that the traditionally-powered versions of both full-size trucks-based SUV have a great number of competitors on the over-saturated U.S. market.
The list of competitors includes such vehicles as the Dodge Durango, Ford Expedition, the monstrous piece of luxury Infiniti QX56, its less luxurious sibling Nissan Armada, 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser 200 / V8 and the Jeep Commander just to name a few.
At the same time, the hybrid-powered Tahoe and Yukon have virtually no competitors. Well, at least, if a fuel-efficient gasoline-electric SUV is the only choice for you.