As expected, quite a few Hybrids make an appearance at the 2007 LA Auto Show. The interesting part is the companies who brought them. What would you say to a fully decked out Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, or better yet, a combined Hybrid/Hemi drive-train?
Chevy, Dodge and even Porsche decided to throw their opinion into the Hybrid race. Here are the newest Hybrids from the LA Auto Show.
Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango Hybrids
Neither the Aspen or the Durango is exactly new, they have been out and about since summer. They both use the transmission jointly developed by GM, BMW, and Daimler-Chrysler which is connected to the standard 5.7 liter Hemi V8. You can get across town on electric power alone, but only if your right foot shows a little discipline. When you need the additional power, the Hemi gives you more than enough (385 actually) to get up to highway speeds, and if you put it to the floor you can draw extra power form the electrics to really get moving. The Chrysler Hybrids are set to hit showrooms in 2009.
Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
Even though it can't compete with Jay Leno's E85-powered Corvette, the Malibu Hybrid will be a nice addition to GM's Green Fleet. The power will come from a 2.4 liter Ecotec inline-4 coupled with a 36 volt electric motor. The combination will be good for 164 horsepower and 159 ft-lbs of torque. The system will shut down the engine while stopped and then restart once the brake pedal is released. They will be available for the 2009 model year.
Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon Hybrids
The Yukon and the Tahoe will be the first SUV's to use the new 2-mode Hybrid propulsion system, according to General Motors. The system is expected to boost fuel economy 25% compared to the standard V-8. They will both be capable of towing up to 6000 lbs. The Tahoe will start at $50,490 while the Yukon will start $50,945, both 2-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive models will cost $53,295 and $53,755 for the Tahoe and Yukon respectively. You can buy them late 2007 or early 2008.
Porsche Cayenne and Panamera Hybrids
Not much is known about these upcoming Hybrids other than they will be available for 2009. Both the Panamera and Cayenne are expected to see fuel efficiency increase by up to 30%. Porsche is currently working with Volkswagen and Audi to develop it's Hybrid technology.
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
The Escalade will use the same power-plant as the Yukon and Tahoe. It will be the GM 6 liter V-8 with 2 smaller electric motors to use while in Hybrid mode. Some styling changes for 2009 will include a modified grill and front clip to discern between standard and Hybrid Escalades. It will be available between May and June of 2008 as a 2009 model.
Other companies are also planning to release Hybrids within the next 6 months. The important question is whether the money you will save in the long run is worth the cost of a new Hybrid up front. Only time will tell.
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