...ends for the running boards to lessen drag Aluminum hood and liftgate to save weight 18-inch aluminum wheels fitted with low-rolling-resistance tires Hybrid badges on the front fenders, C-pillars and liftgate Interior The cabin of the Tahoe Hybrid is similar to the gas-only Tahoe, but it includes some hybrid-specific cues. Interior features include: Lightweight front seats Economy gauge in instrument panel to encourage frugal driving behavior Standard navigation system with hybrid power-flow animation 16.9 cubic feet of cargo room behind third row Power-adjustable pedals USB input for...
...It also allows the engine to shut down at stoplights, and even when decelerating. And it continues to power the electric air conditioning, so you won't get hot like you will in some other hybrids when the engine shuts down. The Tahoe Hybrid's V-8 gas engine also has cylinder deactivation technology -- it can run on as few as four cylinders when power from the other four cylinders isn't needed. There are also other, more subtle changes to aid economy. Lighter seats, for instance. Better aerodynamics up front, including a slick-looking front spoiler. Even the rear brake lights are designed to...
...Together they produce 332 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque transmitted through the rear wheels on two-wheel-drive models or all four wheels on four-wheel-drive models. The Tahoe Hybrid offers strong, nearly seamless performance. It can accelerate to nearly 30 mph using the electric motors only, while the V8 kicks in when necessary at higher speeds and under loads. A cylinder-deactivation system helps further reduce fuel consumption, and regenerative braking replenishes the batteries while stopping. Estimated fuel economy is excellent for a truck-based SUV at 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway...
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