The Chevrolet Tahoe which is already a class leader in fuel economy is now featuring the first full-size hybrid SUV. Available in both a 2WD and 4wd version the Tahoe hybrid features a hybrid system that was developed with BMW and Daimler-Chrysler features an electric motor and generator coupled with Chevrolet’s Vortec V8 engine that puts out 300 horsepower. This new system is similar to the system used in the Toyota Prius and enables the Tahoe to accelerate with the gasoline engine shut-off. GM will also be using this hybrid technology in the Escalade when that is put into production as a hybrid model. This two-mode system paired with a lower stance of the car, lower road resistance tires, a more streamlined front end and a lift-gate and hood that are made of aluminum are supposed to give the new Tahoe a 25% savings in fuel economy when compared to conventional Tahoes. Also when the Tahoe has Chevrolet’s Active-Fuel Management system GM is claiming fuel efficiency up to 50% better than normal Tahoes.
The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is now available at your local Chevrolet dealer. (Dan) [READ MORE...]