GM Reportedly Abandoning Full-Size Hybrid Trucks and SUVs
By Andrew Wendler
The next generation of full-size GM pickups and SUVs will be almost entirely free of hybrid models, according to GM Inside News. Scheduled to launch less than a year from now, the new lineup was originally slated to utilize an updated version of the current two-mode system. Now, it appears the next-generation Cadillac Escalade may be the only full-size ute to be hybridized.
GM wouldn't comment on its hybrid full-size picks and SUVs coming to an end, only saying that the real-world benefits and financial viability of their entire portfolio of global and regional vehicle programs are periodically reviewed. As a result, "some technologies are pulled ahead, delayed, or cancelled. This is a normal course of business."
Other sources inside GM have told C/D that the program for the next-gen full-size truck and SUV lineup--including the Tahoe and Yukon SUVs and Silverado and Sierra pickup--is focusing on evolutionary development in chassis refinement, driving dynamics, interior appointments, and comfort, rather than hybridized powertrains.
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