The Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid is a gasoline-electric version of the Tahoe full size sport utility vehicle from General Motors’ Chevrolet brand. It is nearly identical to the General Motors GMC Yukon, which has been co-developed with the Tahoe since the mid-1990s. Chevy added the Tahoe Hybrid to the lineup in late 2007.
The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is powered by a dual displacement 3-liter/6-liter gasoline engine paired to two 60 kW electric motors. Though the Tahoe Hybrid will run on all six liters under full load, it can shut off half the cylinders when they’re not needed to conserve power. A 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack, which is located under the rear seat of the vehicle, completes the drivetrain, which provides a combined output of 379 horsepower. The Chevy Tahoe Hybrid was designed to run on full electric power for a limited range at low speeds, on full gasoline power when necessary, or, ideally, a combination, using General Motors’ two-mode hybrid technology that monitors the truck’s driving conditions to determine and engage the most efficient source of power. General Motors says the Tahoe Hybrid can travel on full electric power at up to 30 miles per hour. A regenerative braking function helps the Tahoe Hybrid retain kinetic energy by capturing and feeding energy that would otherwise be lost through deceleration back to the batter. The Tahoe Hybrid comes standard as a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, with a towing capacity of 6200 pounds, although buyers can upgrade to a four-wheel-drive configuration, which can tow 5900 pounds. Both the rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions of the Tahoe Hybrid earned Environmental Protection Agency ratings of 20 miles per gallon city, 23 miles per gallon highway, and 21 miles per gallon combined. The Tahoe Hybrid can accelerate from 0-60 in 8.2 seconds.
The interior of the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid is nearly identical to that of its non-hybrid counterpart. Like the traditional gasoline Chevy Tahoe, the Tahoe Hybrid features seating for eight occupants, although the third row seat must be fully removed to create extra cargo space, unlike the vehicle’s competitors, which typically feature third row seats that fold flat or into the floor. The Tahoe Hybrid comes in only one trim level, and features standard equipment such as 18-inch alloy wheels, heated six-way power front seats, leather upholstery in the first and second rows of seats, remote ignition, tri-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlights, power heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, cruise control, a tilt steering wheel, Bluetooth wireless integration, General Motors’ OnStar emergency communications system, a hybrid trip computer to track fuel consumption statistics, a rearview camera, a touchscreen navigation system with real-time traffic data, voice controls, and a Bose audio system that features nine speakers, a CD player, satellite radio, USB and iPod integration, an auxiliary input, and outlets for headphones in the rear seats. Buyers can add a sunroof and a rear seat entertainment system to the Tahoe Hybrid. Standard safety equipment on the Tahoe Hybrid includes anti-lock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, rear parking sensors, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. The OnStar system provides automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance, and remote door unlocking.