Look: 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Two-Mode Hybrid
By: Mike Levine, General Motors
Press Release Posted:
02-03-08 00:01 ET
Photography: General Motors
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we saw the debut of the industry's first full size two-mode hybrid pickup,
when the 2009 Chevrolet
Silverado 1500 bowed at the 2007
Los Angeles Auto Salon. Now it's the GMC Sierra 1500's turn to
show-off its greener side.
Silverado, the Sierra also promises 40% greater fuel economy
in the city and a 25% improvement in combined city and highway fuel
system is much more sophisticated than the previous mild hybrid setup
we drove in the 2004
Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid. It's focused around two electric motors
housed inside the transmission and was co-developed with Chrysler,
Mercedes, and BMW.
can drive up to 30-mph on electricity only, which is stored in a 300-volt
battery under the rear seats in the crew cab. When the gas engine is
used, the hybrid system helps the 6.0-liter V8 engine run in a wider
power band in four-cylinder mode using GM's Active Fuel Management
System. The Sierra can still tow up to 6,100-lbs.
new 2009 Dodge Ram will receive the same gas/electric propulsion system
next year, but paired with Chrysler's HEMI V8.
the 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid, a powerful full-size pickup that achieves
40-percent greater city fuel economy and a 25-percent improvement in
overall fuel economy while delivering the capability expected of a
full-size truck – including a 6,100-pound towing capacity.
General Motors’ patented two-mode hybrid system and
a powerful 6.0L gas V-8, the Sierra Hybrid delivers highly efficient
performance, including all-electric driving up to 30-mph. That
allows fuel savings to be realized even when the truck is fully loaded
or towing a trailer.
“The Sierra Hybrid represents GMC’s commitment to engineering
excellence, delivering a fully functional truck that offers a significant
improvement in fuel economy,” said Jim Bunnell, GMC general manager. “Sierra
Hybrid will deliver fuel economy that is expected to be the best in the
full-size pickup segment, exceeding the current mileage leader – the
The Sierra Hybrid goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2008 and is
based on the strong and capable Sierra platform that was introduced for
the 2007 model year. It will be offered in the Crew Cab body style on
both 2WD and 4WD models. Each model is equipped with several standard,
popular features, including StabiliTrak electronic stability control
system, a locking rear axle and a trailering package. Sierra Hybrid also
offers dual-stage frontal air bags and head curtain side air bags, and
it is the only full-size truck with five-star side-impact ratings in
federal crash tests.