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$$$ GM releases Tahoe&Yukon Hybrid prices

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HOLY CRAP these are some expensive SUVs!!!! If I were in the market for a hybrid and needed a little cargo capacity and towing ability, I would buy a smaller boat and get a Saturn Vue Hybrid.

Tahoe Hybrid (2WD): $50,490

Tahoe Hybrid (4WD): $53,295

GMC Yukon Hybrid (2WD): $50,945

GMC Yukon Hybrid (4WD): $53,755

GENERAL MOTORS ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR CHEVROLET TAHOE AND GMC YUKON HYBRID SUVS

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for Tahoe 2WD is $50,490; Yukon 2WD is $50,945

LOS ANGELES – GM today announced pricing for the 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon Hybrids, the only full-size, fully capable SUVs whose two-wheel-drive (2WD) models offer the same EPA city fuel economy as a conventional four-cylinder midsize car.

Manufacturer's suggested retail prices for the generously equipped Tahoe Hybrid are $50,490 (2WD) and $53,295 (4WD); and $50,945 (2WD); and $53,755 (4WD) for the Yukon Hybrid. Prices include a $900 destination charge and, based on current adjusted EPA fuel economy calculations and pending IRS approval, buyers could be eligible for a federal tax credit.

"We promised to apply our most advanced technologies to vehicles that can save the most fuel, and we are delivering on that promise with the Tahoe and Yukon Hybrid SUVs," said GM vice chairman Bob Lutz. " The gasoline-only Tahoe and Yukon SUVs already offer best-in-segment fuel economy. Now, consumers can choose GM's patented 2-Mode Hybrid technology that delivers the same city fuel economy as the 2008 Toyota Camry with the base four-cylinder engine. The difference is that the Tahoe and Yukon can seat eight people and can tow up to 6,200 pounds."

The Tahoe Hybrid is part of a commitment by Chevrolet, GM's largest brand, to provide customers around the globe with a variety of value-driven fuel solutions that range from gas-friendly to gas-free. The Yukon Hybrid is further evidence of GMC's engineering excellence and innovative technology. Both are among 16 gas-electric hybrid models GM is introducing during the next four years. D espite the added technology, the Tahoe and Yukon Hybrid SUVs are not the highest-priced models within their respective lineups.

Two-wheel-drive Tahoe and Yukon Hybrid models deliver EPA fuel economy of 21 mpg in the city, a 50-percent improvement over their 5.3L gasoline-only siblings and comparable to the city fuel economy of the much-smaller 2008 2.4L-equipped Toyota Camry sedan, according to figures obtained from www.fueleconomy.gov. EPA highway fuel economy is 22 mpg. The fuel savings is impressive on 4WD models, too, with the Tahoe and Yukon Hybrids rated at 20 mpg in both city and highway driving. This gives the Tahoe and Yukon Hybrids a driving range of about 525 miles per tank of fuel, or enough for a trip from San Diego to San Francisco.

Making this possible is GM's all-new, advanced electrically variable transmission and 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System (ESS), which work in concert with the standard 6.0L V-8 gasoline engine with Active Fuel Management (AFM) and late-intake valve closing (LIVC) technology. GM's new 2-Mode Hybrid system enables the Tahoe and Yukon to launch and drive up to 30 mph on electricity alone and allows the 6.0L V-8 engine to operate in its more economical V-4 mode for longer periods. The Tahoe and Yukon Hybrids also save fuel with aerodynamic aids and reduced-mass components.

Along with exceptional fuel economy, the Tahoe and Yukon Hybrids deliver full-size SUV capability – up to 6,200 pounds (2,812 kg) of towing capacity (2WD) and 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg) on 4WD models; 12,000 pounds (5,443 kg) GCWR and eight-passenger seating capacity.

From subtle interior touches to functional exterior aerodynamic details, the Tahoe and Yukon Hybrid stand apart from the crowd. Once in the driver's seat it is instantly clear that these vehicles are special - from the unique gauge clusters with distinctive badging to the special tachometer. Even the stylish thin-profile seats, designed to reduce mass for improved fuel savings, also provide a side benefit of increased second-row leg room.

These generously equipped, full-size SUVs include heated leather-appointed front bucket seats and leather-appointed second-row bench; driver and passenger power-adjustable seats; navigation radio with rearview camera system; a Bose premium sound system; XM Satellite Radio and the OnStar safety and security system. Other standard features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control; tire pressure monitoring system; a tire inflator kit (in lieu of a spare tire); cruise control; trailering receiver/equipment; two-speed transfer case (4WD); locking differential; 18-inch lightweight polished aluminum wheels and assist steps.

On the outside, form follows function with numerous aerodynamic features such as a lowered air dam, shaped running boards and special rear-end treatments. They enhance the vehicles' overall appearance and contribute to their 0.34 drag coefficient. Noise-reduction measures include a new exhaust system and resonator; low-rolling resistance tires; additional engine intake induction tuning; an electrically driven, 300-volt air conditioning compressor and 42-volt variable-assist power steering; and tuning to the Energy Storage System cooling system internal fan.

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HOLY CRAP these are some expensive SUVs!!!! If I were in the market for a hybrid and needed a little cargo capacity and towing ability, I would buy a smaller boat and get a Saturn Vue Hybrid.

http://www.autoblog.com/2007/11/14/gm-full...-50-490-53-775/

Not that expensive, considering the POS Landcruiser from TOYOTA sells for almost the sme price.

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Interestingly, the Yukon Hybrid 4WD is exactly the same price as the GL320 CDI, which is looking rather tempting now: more torque, more towing, better fuel economy (by 1 MPG, average), significantly more rear seat space/comfort, lower curb weight, independent rear suspension, shorter stopping distances, better handling, greater ground clearance. The Merc's acceleration is probably slower, though.

The Acadia AWD also offers all of those advantages, except for towing and fuel economy (1 fewer MPG compared to the YukonHy), but with even better acceleration, for $15K less.

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from what I understand about these is that they are pretty loaded and will include navigation and the hybrid monitor. My 2007 Tahoe LT3 stickered at $52,900 - so I could essentially trade my truck in for a hybrid for almost the same money as I paid for the NON-hybrid. It is almost like they are giving the Hybrid away for free! Seriously, that is not big money for a fully loaded Tahoe with the MPG returns these things are trumpeting. I will be a client when the opportunity arrises.

The odd part is this: You will not be able to order a Tahoe Hybrid like you can the standard trucks. They are being built and then put into a 'pool' that dealers will be able to pull from when they have a buyer for a unit that is close to what is in the pool. I understand from what I have heard that they will all be pretty much loaded trucks with the main choices being 2 or 4wd and color.

I cannot wait.

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from what I understand about these is that they are pretty loaded and will include navigation and the hybrid monitor. My 2007 Tahoe LT3 stickered at $52,900 - so I could essentially trade my truck in for a hybrid for almost the same money as I paid for the NON-hybrid. It is almost like they are giving the Hybrid away for free! Seriously, that is not big money for a fully loaded Tahoe with the MPG returns these things are trumpeting. I will be a client when the opportunity arrises.

The odd part is this: You will not be able to order a Tahoe Hybrid like you can the standard trucks. They are being built and then put into a 'pool' that dealers will be able to pull from when they have a buyer for a unit that is close to what is in the pool. I understand from what I have heard that they will all be pretty much loaded trucks with the main choices being 2 or 4wd and color.

I cannot wait.

True. Given the MSRP of non-hybrid Tahoes, the pricing seems reasonable. Whereas non-hybrids get incentives in the form of financing and rebate offers, hybrid Tahoes will get a tax credit.

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from what I understand about these is that they are pretty loaded and will include navigation and the hybrid monitor. My 2007 Tahoe LT3 stickered at $52,900 - so I could essentially trade my truck in for a hybrid for almost the same money as I paid for the NON-hybrid. It is almost like they are giving the Hybrid away for free! Seriously, that is not big money for a fully loaded Tahoe with the MPG returns these things are trumpeting. I will be a client when the opportunity arrises.

The odd part is this: You will not be able to order a Tahoe Hybrid like you can the standard trucks. They are being built and then put into a 'pool' that dealers will be able to pull from when they have a buyer for a unit that is close to what is in the pool. I understand from what I have heard that they will all be pretty much loaded trucks with the main choices being 2 or 4wd and color.

I cannot wait.

Absolutely. What people will not realize is that when they stack options on LT3 or LTZ, they end up being close to the Tahoe Hybrid, which will be as you said pretty much loaded.

If I was in the market for one, I will go for a loaded LTZ, instead I would get the green vehicle.

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but do not get me wrong...I am weighing the Buick Enclave versus the Tahoe Hybrid for my next truck. If the family buys a motorhome, then I do not need the Tahoe to tow my car trailer and I will probably opt for the Enclave or Acadia. I know that those are strange cross-shops, but I love the look of the Tahoe over the others, and the Buick is just stunning. Hoping for a Super version of that by the time I am in the market again.

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I'm willing to bet these will be "status" vehicles more than anything. (Which explains why they're loaded)

It'd be interesting to see what a stripper 900 hybrid would be able to achieve MPG-wise. (Not that it would be that much different, but probably a bit better anyway)

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priced as expected. they are pretty loaded vehicles.

speaking of pricing? everyone see what BMW is asking for the 135i? 35K. HA ha ha ha ha....

the hybrid tahoe/yukon pricing is realistic. the bmw pricing is just ridiculous.

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Interestingly, the Yukon Hybrid 4WD is exactly the same price as the GL320 CDI, which is looking rather tempting now: more torque, more towing, better fuel economy (by 1 MPG, average), significantly more rear seat space/comfort, lower curb weight, independent rear suspension, shorter stopping distances, better handling, greater ground clearance. The Merc's acceleration is probably slower, though.

The Acadia AWD also offers all of those advantages, except for towing and fuel economy (1 fewer MPG compared to the YukonHy), but with even better acceleration, for $15K less.

I agree, the Tahoe and Yukon are pricey, and the GL320 is $54,000 as well, and 18/24 mpg, which would beat out 20/20 mpg, and it tows more, and the 3-point star has a better image than the bowtie.

The Acadia and other Lambdas (or even the CX-9, etc) offer similar interior room, better driving and comparable fuel economy, and much lower price. They just don't have the towing or off road, but I doubt many people are taking a Tahoe hybird off road.

They need to put hybrid technology on smaller vehicles so they can get in the 30-40 mpg range.

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They need to put hybrid technology on smaller vehicles so they can get in the 30-40 mpg range.

Small vehicles already get great fuel economy. It's the big-suckers that need to utilize hybrid technology, because they need the improvement the most.

I do like the Mercedes GL320 with the diesel, but Mercedes' quality has been pretty craptacular these days.

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priced as expected. they are pretty loaded vehicles.

speaking of pricing? everyone see what BMW is asking for the 135i? 35K. HA ha ha ha ha....

the hybrid tahoe/yukon pricing is realistic. the bmw pricing is just ridiculous.

I did see that, it goes to $44k loaded which is a lot, might as well get a 335i. The 135i will be wicked fast though, probably be 0-60 in the 4.8 second range. It is hard to get a car that fast for under $40 grand. Though I think the 335i makes more sense, just like an Acadia (and $10,000 for gas) or GL320 makes more sense than a Tahoe hybrid.

Although people don't always buy what makes sense, some will buy an Escalade Hybrid just to say they have it, even if it is only 18 mpg.

Mercedes quality isn't what it used to be, but they do seem to last forever, although maintenance could be costly along the way. Diesels can rack up crazy miles.

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so it would be a safe bet for the crew cab hybrids to come in around 38K-45K then? if so piss on that i'll just stick with gas...

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