Chevy Silverado Hybrid for 09 ready to roll

Chevrolet has announced the 2009 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid, a full-size pickup truck that achieves 40 percent greater city fuel economy and a 25 percent improvement in overall fuel economy.

Partnering General Motors' patented 2-Mode Hybrid system and a powerful 6.0-liter gas V-8, the Silverado Hybrid delivers efficient performance while maintaining full-size pickup capability. The hybrid system provides all-electric driving at low speeds, allowing fuel savings to be realized even when the truck is fully loaded or towing a trailer. Silverado Hybrid can tow up to 6,100 pounds (2,767 kg).

The Silverado Hybrid goes on sale in late 2008 and is based on the award-winning Silverado platform that was introduced for the 2007 model year. It will be offered in the Crew Cab body style; 2WD and 4WD models. Each model features Silverado's “Pure Pickup” trim and comes standard with several popular features, including StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, a locking rear axle, and a trailering package.

Besides increased fuel economy, the Silverado Hybrid's electrically variable transmission also provides superior trailering capability, enhancing the smoothness and driving quality when towing. Electric drive is enabled up to approximately 30 mph (48 km/h), even when towing, allowing fuel savings when the truck is towing a trailer.

The 2009 Silverado Hybrid is the second full-size hybrid pickup from Chevrolet. The previous Silverado was offered as a mild hybrid that professionals found useful as a power generator at worksites. The Silverado Hybrid joins the recently introduced Tahoe Hybrid, which also uses the 2-Mode system.

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