2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid SUV

2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid SUV: Texas preview
2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid

A sweet pair of the new hybrid-powered 2008 GMC Yukon and 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe full-size SUV will be officially previewed at the soon to be opened 2007 State Fair of Texas.

Featuring bodies of heroic proportions, as well as somewhat Spartan when it comes to materials and textures, but still very spacious interiors, the trucks look like a perfect choice for a slightly overweight oil worker with a large family and a boat.

Capable of running on pure electricity, the vehicles will be built in Texas at the GM Arlington Assembly Plant and will provide for a 30 per cent gain in average mileage over their traditionally motivated siblings.

2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid SUV

Just like its close relative, the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid, the new 2WD GMC Yukon Hybrid SUV will feature 21 mpg in the city, which is 1.5 times better than its 5.3-liter gasoline-powered counterpart can deliver and is close to the mileage of a comparatively tiny Toyota Camry mid-size sedan equipped with a normal internal combustion engine.

2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid SUV (front view)

Both Tahoe and Yukon are equipped with a 6.0-liter V8 engine with the GM Active Fuel Management system. When not needed all of its available power, the system will shut down half of the engine’s cylinders and will shut down the gasoline engine altogether at speeds lower than 30 mph, significantly reducing fuel consumption.

To let the battery run longer, it is recharged with the help of a regenerative braking system. What’s really nice about this thing is that the truck is so heavy as it is that all the extra electric equipment doesn’t add too much weight and the gain in fuel efficient is so huge it can be noticed from low Earth orbit.

2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid SUV (rear view)
2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid SUV (interior)
2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid SUV (instrument gauges)
2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid SUV (multifunctional display)
2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid SUV (engine)

Photos: GM/GMC

See also: 2009 Mercedes-Benz ML 450 Hybrid SUV