GM’s next-generation pickups and SUVs will not receive hybrid versions

Article by Christian A., on September 3, 2012

General Motors’ next generation of pickups will not anymore be available with hybrid engines, according to a new report. GM began to offer pickups with hybrid engines in 2007. According to GM Inside News, insiders have confirmed that the next generation of SUVs and trucks will stop being available with hybrids with the exception of the Cadillac Escalade.

The vehicles that will lose the hybrid powertrain are the Chevrolet Silverado and Tahoe, and the GMC Sierra and Yukon. These models all offer about 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. However, GM North American President Mark Ruess went to twitter to address these rumors. He tweeted that these are “new lows in headlines from some rumor stated as fact.

Unbelievable. Lazy, silly, and sad. Bottom barrel.” General Motors’ electrification division declined to comment, except to say that it won’t share future product information. It’s not known yet what will happen to these hybrid trucks.

It’s speculated that GM will soon have new tech that could rival Ford’s EcoBoost, or the Ram’s eight-speed transmission in terms of fuel economy. GM has recently revealed that its systems can achieve an average of 54.5 mpg so it won’t make sense for GM to withdraw them.

With the 2012 Silverado, Chevrolet hopes this will cement its place not only as the most capable brand in the segment but also one that has the most diverse lineup. For this new version, the look has been enhanced as well, along with connectivity and comfort. One significant change involves the chrome mesh grille which, in both the LS and the LT, is paired with a chrome surround.

However, for the LTZ, the surround will be in the same color as that of the body. Further, the LS and the LT variants will have the lower bumper fascia in silver, having no tow hooks, and made more aerodynamic compared to the 2WD versions. These two models will also be fitted with the aluminum chrome-clad 20-inch wheels. Overall, the 2012 Silverado will show new designs on the front section with the interior equipped with the heated seats, though for the LTZ, the seats will have a cooling feature as well.

A special White Diamond Edition will be offered which improved not just the look but the comfort as well. Better connectivity is made possible by the new navigation radio. In addition, not only does it have an upgraded screen but with a hard drive integrated to it, this means there is no need to use any discs when accessing map data. The 2012 Silverado will also have the SiriusXM and OnStar satellite radio installed, which is actually exclusive for this segment.

Additional technological features include connectivity through USB and Bluetooth and even a Wi-Fi system, but this is generally dealer-installed. Meanwhile Chevrolet disclosed that Silverado 1500 models will now have its electronic stability control system, or StabiliTrak, include a Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control. With these additions, performance is improved greatly regardless of what the trailering situation or the driving condition may be.

These new features though are not available for the Hybrid versions. Maria Rohrer, who is marketing director at Chevrolet Truck, revealed that the Silverado has long had strong appeal to truck consumers due to various factors such as a dependable V8 performance, exceptional fuel economy, and a wide selection of models.

In fact, she continued, sales of the Silverado from January to July of this year increased by 7%. The changes implemented on the 2012 model were done to improve the capability and ruggedness of this model, she added. Rohrer further said that aside from the updated and new design, putting in a Wi-Fi system and navigation radio system in the 2012 Silverado resulted in a more convenient and clearly enjoyable drive.

Topics: gm, pickup truck, suv, hybrid

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