The first generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra hybrids are just arriving at dealerships; however, GM is already thinking about the next-generation two-mode hybrid pickups and is promising outstanding improvements.
According to Gary White, GM North America vice president and vehicle line executive for GM full-size pickups, the next generation hybrid trucks from the General should boost 50 percent more towing power than today’s models.
The 2009 Silverado Hybrid and Sierra Hybrid offer over 40 percent greater efficiency in city driving and a 25 percent overall increase in fuel economy. Both have a 6,100-pound (2,767 kg) towing capacity.
Power for today’s two-mode hybrid pickups comes from a 332-hp 6.0L V8 engine mated to GM”s two-mode hybrid system. Fuel-economy for the 2WD comes in at 21/22 mpg (city/highway) while the 4WD model is rated at 20/20 mpg.