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Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid a dramatic improvement in fuel over non-hybrid models – in city driving – with the and capability customers seek in a SUV. It offers seating for up to and a towing capacity of up to 6,200 (2,812 kg) on 2WD models.

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The Hybrid’s improved fuel over gasoline-only models is due to GM ’s s tate-of-the-art two-mode hybrid which helps 2WD Tahoe models deliver an estimated 20 mpg in the That’s comparable to the city economy of many smaller

New for 2013 are three exterior Champagne Silver Metallic, Metallic (late availability) and Ray Metallic (late availability).

system details

GM’s Electrically Variable Transmission and 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Storage System (ESS) in concert with the standard V-8 gasoline engine with Fuel Management (AFM) and intake valve closing technology to enable the Tahoe efficient performance. This system not only enables the to launch and drive up to 30 mph on electricity it also allows the 6.0L V-8 to operate in its more economical V-4 for longer periods.

GM designed the EVT to the best combination of city and fuel economy. Used the Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine Active Fuel Management, it is an system well-suited to providing economy and full-size SUV passenger-carrying, and trailer-towing capabilities.

The EVT is designed to directly to the standard four-wheel-drive case found on the gasoline-only for true four-wheel-drive capability. The major components comprise the Hybrid’s unique powertrain

Electrically Variable Transmission

Energy Storage System

Vortec 6.0L V-8 with Fuel Management (AFM) and intake valve closing

Electrically variable transmission The key to GM’s EVT is its unique assemblage of two 60 kW motors, three planetary and four traditional hydraulic wet This arrangement allows variable operation, and provides fixed gear ratios operation comparable to that of a electronically controlled automatic

A sophisticated Hybrid Optimizing constantly receives torque-based from the powertrain and other systems, and then determines the efficient means of propelling the — either via electric power, engine power or a combination of the The EVT is like having two transmissions in one — variable drive for light-load and fixed-ratio drive for high-load

Energy storage system A 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Storage System (ESS) power to the EVT’s two electric This battery pack is under the second-row seat, it takes up virtually no additional and does not interfere with or third-row ingress/egress. The fold-and-tumble of the second-row seat remains, and the seat forward provides a load floor from the forward to the front seats.

In to supplying power to the EVT, the ESS provides power to the air conditioning and the Accessory Power Module which converts the high-voltage to 42 volts for the electric power system, and 12 volts for the vehicle and other 12-volt electrical

Battery pack durability and are maintained via optimized charge and cycles, as well as a dedicated system that draws air the passenger compartment. As part of the emission control system, the ESS is for eight years/100,000 miles.

6.0L V-8 engine: Engineers the Vortec 6.0L V-8 gasoline for the Tahoe Hybrid because of its torque characteristics. This is important because GM engineers the 6.0L V-8 to operate with intake valve closing combustion process) for reduced losses and better overall economy.

Using flat-top cylinder heads borrowed GM’s 5.3L high-output V-8 and a compression ratio, the Vortec V-8 produces 332 horsepower (248 kW) at rpm and 367 lb.-ft. of torque (498 Nm) at rpm, yet requires only unleaded fuel.

The Vortec 6.0L also continuously variable valve to control late intake as well as Active Fuel which allows four of the cylinders to be shut off during of light load. With the of electric boost, the engine is to stay in V-4 mode for longer in the Tahoe Hybrid.

Auto mode and regenerative braking

A key to fuel economy is the gasoline Auto Stop mode. At speeds between 0 and 30 mph, the engine may be automatically shut By leaving the engine off and allowing the to move only under power up to 30 mph, such as heavy stop-and-go traffic, consumption is greatly reduced.

The braking system works in with the hydraulic braking The system uses a brake emulator, which provides resistance as the pedal is depressed. consistent pedal feel is much like that of a hydraulic braking system in

Quiet performance

Tahoe matches its gasoline-only siblings in and convenience, with special paid to acoustic details makes for a very quiet experience. Examples include:

system and resonator specially for the 6.0L LIVC engine’s Fuel Management operation. It comfortable interior acoustics and a exhaust note during V-4 and V-8 operation

Additional engine induction tuning for reduced noise and pleasing sound

Low-rolling resistance, “quiet-tuned” tires for reduced road

Electrically driven, 300-volt air compressor reduces vibration and the HVAC system to cool the compartment even when the engine is shut off

Electrically 42-volt variable-assist power reduces vibration and provides up to a fuel economy improvement by parasitic losses common in hydraulic systems

Energy Storage System cooling system internal fan is to be quiet at low vehicle speeds the fan could more easily be by the occupants.

Hybrid interior

A unique hybrid gauge includes a special tachometer an Auto Stop position above the 0 rpm mark that when the gasoline engine is in mode. An analog economy to the left of the tachometer, helps the maintain the most efficient style.

Located midway the center stack, the standard system’s 6.5-inch full-color VGA doubles as a monitor that a graphic representation of the hybrid ’s power flow. This continuously informs the occupants how the is sending power to the wheels the ESS/electric motors, the gasoline or both. The screen also reverse electrical flow regenerative braking and whether the is in two- or four-wheel-drive mode.

exterior

While the Tahoe bears a close resemblance to models, styling revisions are for aesthetic and functional purposes. In to setting these models from other SUVs, exterior styling changes to improved fuel economy:

The fascia lacks fog lamp and tow openings, while a lower air dam redirect airflow from the vehicle to reduce turbulence and drag

Subtle, yet important tuning details around the openings and other areas to a low 0.345 drag coefficient

A larger front grille allows increased airflow to the and engine compartment, helping to the advanced hybrid power

The roof rack side have been eliminated to drag and provide a clean, appearance

Standard running have been tapered and aft, and incorporate body-color inserts for decreased wind

Extended D-pillar corner include sharper edges at the vertical corners for enhanced performance

Specific rear fascia is optimized with sharper matching the extended D-pillars

An rear spoiler (with LED CHMSL) contributes to the vehicle’s aerodynamic performance

Aerodynamically rear brake lamps LED lighting technology for reduced consumption.

Mass reduction and out

Mass is an important factor in vehicle efficiency. Because of the increase in curb weight from the various hybrid engineers reduced the mass of vehicle components, keeping the Hybrid in the same test class as its gasoline-only counterparts.

On the an aluminum hood and liftgate fixed glass) replace the steel units. Substituting an front bumper beam additional weight, as well as low-mass, aero-efficient, 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Additional was eliminated by adapting a tire kit that takes the place of the wheel and tire, hoist jack and tools found on models. Easy to use, the inflator kit is conveniently located the left-rear quarter trim in the cargo area.

Tahoe exterior features

Hybrid front and rear fascias

assist steps

Standard power-operated outside mirrors auto-dimming, integrated signal ground lights and curb-tilt

Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels and all-season tires

Exterior choices include: Black, White, Crystal Red Tintcoat, Ice Metallic, Mocha Steel Champagne Silver Metallic, Metallic (late availability) and Ray Metallic (late availability).

Hybrid interior features

rows of seating are standard on all The second row is a three-passenger bench a 60/40 split. The third row a 50/50-split design and is removable

and heated front seats are

Tri-zone automatic climate is standard

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SiriusXM Satellite standard on all models

Hard-drive radio with a seven-inch screen, USB port, Time Recording capability, MP3 playback, with voice recognition and interface display

Bluetooth phone connectivity is

Power-adjustable pedals are standard

Entertainment and Destinations Package is optional and includes one year of Radio and NavTraffic service, sunroof and rear-seat DVD entertainment

Tahoe Hybrid chassis and

The Tahoe Hybrid is built on full-size SUV platform, incorporating a boxed frame, coil-over-shock suspension, leaf-spring rear and rack-and-pinion steering. Features

Wide front and rear – 68.2 inches (1,732 mm) inches (1,702 mm) rear – handling and vehicle stability for a confident road feel

A frame reduces vibrations to the passenger cabin, while the and accuracy of the fully boxed also enable precise and tuning of chassis and suspension

A two-speed transfer case is on 4WD models


The standard axle is 3.08

A locking rear is standard.

Tahoe safety and features

Standard head side air bags with protection for both seating The roof-mounted head curtain air include design features provide increased rollover and occupant containment

Standard side-impact air bags for driver and passenger provide thorax and protection

StabiliTrak electronic control system helps the risk of rollover crashes by the vehicle in the driver’s intended by applying throttle, braking or a of both

Standard Ultrasonic Parking Assist that can certain stationary objects in the path of the vehicle and send an warning sound and display via LEDs near the rear

Standard rear vision system designed to provide the with

a view of people or in the rearward path of the vehicle

four-wheel-disc brake system ABS featuring smooth, quiet longer pad life and more to brake pulsation

Pretensioners minimize forward during a collision, and are standard on the safety belts. Load-limiting cinch the belt more

LATCH (Lower Anchors and for CHildren) child seat system, which is included in two seating positions

Tire monitoring system. standard on all

Standard remote keyless (RKE) system provides a function for the red panic button. can use it to locate their cars sounding the panic alarm

body structure to absorb energy and provide a protective cage” around occupants.

details

OnStar is standard on the Hybrid. It uses GPS and cellular technology to automatically call for in the event of crash. OnStar also can use the service to be Good by sending help to other and to call for help in other emergencies. Additional features:

Six of complimentary OnStar Directions and service with

Turn-by-Turn for easier route guidance on all models. The feature is easy to use all directions are sent to the car by an advisor, the need to stop. Turn-by-Turn can be since map updates and aftermarket systems are not needed .

Stolen Assistance helps police the vehicle.

New 2013 Chevrolet Hybrid specifications, photos and courtesy of Chevrolet.

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