GM is bringing out its first dual mode hybrids in the fall of 2007. The Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra full size pickup trucks will incorporate the dual-mode hybrid engine developed jointly with BMW and DaimlerChrysler.
The hybrid trucks will get a combined city/highway fuel economy of 25 mpg, a 25% improvement. The engine will reportedly have 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. But the improved fuel economy and powere will also come with a premium price tag of about $3000 more than their conventional counterparts.
The dual-mode hybrid engine requires a larger engine to work with, which is why GM is bringing it out with its trucks. If you want to learn more about the system, follow the link to dual-mode hybrids.
Source: Inside Line: IL Insider: GM To Debut Hybrid Full-Sized Trucks in Fall '07 -
GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner did not mention the dual-mode hybrid in his formal remarks at the Wednesday reveal here of the 2007 Silverado and Sierra, although he emphasized that the big trucks are "the most important part of our turnaround plan."
The company said it will begin production of the light-duty variants of the big trucks in October, with a February launch slated for the heavy-duty variants. The company noted that all variants of the trucks will be launched within a five-month timeframe, as opposed to a rolling two-year launch for the previous generation.