Originally, when the GMC Yukon Hybrid and the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid made their debut, GM said they expect a 25 percent improvement in fuel-economy than their standard versions. GM is now saying that it expects the hybrid SUVs to get 40 percent better fuel-economy giving them both 19 or 20 miles to the gallon.
When the Yukon and Tahoe Hybrid debut this fall, they will be equipped with, what GM calls, a two-mode hybrid that uses two electric motors. The engine is costing GM $10,000.
“We haven”t decided where we”re going to price it,” Lutz previously said in an interview. “If we price it at full cost recovery, I”d say we probably would sell – not very many.
GM will also offer the two-mode hybrid engine in Cadillac’s entire lineup with the Escalade to be the first in 2009.
We still think these cars are just too big to even bother with incorporating hybrid technology. Why not spend hybrid developmental cost somewhere else GM?
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