• Aug 23, 2006
UPDATE: Spy shots are GMT900 Hybrid versions. The aero gear isn't for looks, but supposedly improves aerodynamics and boosts fuel economy.

Our automotive compatriot over at Winding Road, Chris Paukert, procured spy shots of several aero-enhanced versions of the Tahoe and Yukon SUVs. The assumption gathered by these test mules is that the General may be outfitting some of their newest GMT900 SUVs with some additional flare in a move to make a more 'sporty' 'ute.

Analysis of the cosmetic upgrades centers around the front clip, which sports a lower bumper and a revised grill, as the clean-themed side steps and a modified rear end wrap up the overall look.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      To #24 Rob:

      I think that what GM is doing with Saturn shows that they're well aware of the need for strong car divisions. There's reason to be optimistic there.

      Personally, I'm very interested in seeing what the final word is on these GMT900 Hybrids. If they're really 25% better in terms of fuel economy, then I've got to believe there's going to be an audience for them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The white one is almost definitely the Tahoe Hybrid.

      Check this out, then compare.

      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/01/09/detroit-auto-show-gm-debuts-chevy-tahoe-hybrid/
      • 8 Years Ago
      While I personally have no interest in large SUVs, I do applaud GM for being the first to bring out a hybrid version. Sensible or not, there's still a huge market for these vehicles, and if people are going to buy them, I'm glad they'll at least be guzzling 25% less gas.

      Besides that, there is a significant demographic whose needs (towing, hauling, seating for seven) legitimately cannot be met by a Prius.

      Oh, and jjaxon... there is definitely more than one type of plastic polymer. GM has been doing interior plastics much better in its most recent generation of vehicles, but they're still harder, grainier, and more hollow-feeling than those in most Hondas or Toyotas. It sounds mundane, but from what I understand, it's been an especially hot issue in the industry for the past decade.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm no fan of big SUVs, but making a hybrid version is a great idea, especially as opposed to hybridizing an already fuel-efficient car.

      More here:
      http://www.speakingofcars.com/2006/02/27/maybe-what%e2%80%99s-good-for-gm-really-is-good-for-the-country/
      • 8 Years Ago
      Trying to get back on track from the far left comments occurring, if the air dams are for improved fuel efficiency in hybrids, why not use them for ALL of the vehicles? Better fuel efficiency for the non-hybrids and cheaper to only produce one front end.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I read this blog occasionally and ive seen comments such as... GM uses cheap plastic interiors.. so toyota uses plastic but its not cheap? whats the difference in the 2 plastics? is it perception? american cars are perceived to be not as good as nipponese.. probably because of anti USA magazines like CR etc..television news.. i seem to recall that CBS paid a sizeable fine a few years ago by staging a side impact fire on a Chevrolet truck. all automobiles are made from the same materials.. why would one be any better than the rest? given the same care all automobiles should last about the same in terms of engine hours ..etc.. however GM, FORD, CHRYSLER are American companies. AND since im American i will buy one of the 3..
      Christian Helgesen
      • 8 Years Ago
      So this is what GM calls adding "bling" to the refrigerator mobile? Folks, it time to retire these gigantic shoe boxes to the auto museum.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great... this will be like the Highlander... insted of puting in a hybrid system to reduce consuption, they'll put in some monster hybrid V8 that's just as thirsty but acts like a great turbo giving more HP than the regular engine....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ah, love the emotion. 1)Howard Kerr, point 2, double negatives, that would then read they can learn new tricks? 2)GM keeps making them because people keep BUYING them, it is simple supply and demand. 3)Saturn is GM and they had the EV long ago in California (it didn't have great range and needed to be plugged in, but it was the first effort by ANY automaker to actually be in use. Saturn also has the VUE Green line. So saying GM doesn't have hybrids is wrong. They may not be Prius or Insight, but they are there and it will expand. No company is perfect (see all the recalls lately), so if you really don't like the trucks, don't bloody buy them! I think these look a lot better than the pick-ups they just introduced.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What post are you referring to rw?

      Let me know.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WHIIIIIIIIIINE.

      Some are the posters here are the type of people that LOVE to make fun of toyota and honda whenever they have any problems (i.e. recalls) but cry and cry "anti-domestic haters!!" and "biased autoblog i hate you!!" whenever anybody points to the reality that many people are tired of big ugly SUVs. i'm as tired of the sequoia (yes, a japanese car!) as the expedition or the tahoe.

      i think the point some people here are trying to make is that GM needs to start putting more money into its car divisions rather than the GMC and Chevy SUVs. Wasn't there a post right here on autoblog that stated how GM (or Ford?) was taking away money from its small-car development budget?

      on the other hand, if this is a hybrid, i'm all for it. i'd love to see a hybrid SUV that gets decent mileage and has at least a significant improvement in fuel economy (and for the record, no, 5% is NOT a "significant" improvement). the reality is that people still buy SUV's (and shockingly(!), not always for their intended purpose), so might as well make them more efficient.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A lot of anti-GM sentiment posted. Interesting. Myself, I like their SUV and truck lineup. GM is introduding hybrid in nearly every line between now and '08. This includes Tahoe, Surburban, Avalanche and a new Silverado hybrid. More choices for the buyer, which is never bad AFAIC.
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