Powered by the Vortec V8 engine, the Yukon Hybrid is capable of handling 6,000 pounds. In order to balance the weight on this hybrid system, some of the components like the front and rear fascias, the hood, and grille, have gone through some radical changes.
The first mode helps the 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid to cruise smoothly at lower speed with lighter load.
In this mode, the Yukon’s hybrid system operates on only electric power or in a combination of electric and gasoline engine power. According to GMC, the Yukon can operate on only electric power for longer durations.
The second mode on the 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid is mostly used for cruising down the highway.
This second system integrates cylinder deactivation, electric assist, late-intake valve closure and cam phasing to make the engine perform efficiently.
The full 8-cylinder powered system provides the necessary push when climbing on an incline. One of the most amazing things about the 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid is that GMC teamed with BMW and DaimlerChrysler to develop this unique 2-mode hybrid system.
The 2008 GMC Yukon Hybrid will be on sale by the end of 2007. The price range is expected to be between $34,790 and $38,590.
The only way to find out how good the Yukon really is; you will need to wait for the car to arrive and then you can have all the fun driving on the city mode or the highway mode.