• Jan 7th 2007 at 6:04AM
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Mazda's chosen Detroit to pull the cover off its all-new 2008 Tribute Hybrid SUV. The greenified version of the Japanese automaker's Ford Escape clone receives a unique front fascia, but once you get past that, if you've seen the new Escape, you've seen the Tribute. That's not a bad thing, because the butchier look adopted by the Escape is pretty easy on the eye, and in this case, it belies the eco-friendly powertrain the Tribute Hybrid sports under its skin.

The Tribute's 2.3-liter four cylinder uses Atkinson-cycle combustion and is good for 133 horsepower on its own. It's joined by a 70-kilowatt electric motor (equivalent to around 94 horsepower), which will power the car unassisted at speeds up to 25 mph. Above that, the ICE engages and teams with the electric motor to provide sprightly performance while garnering a super-clean AT-PZEV emissions rating. An electronic CVT ensures the optimal gear ratio is always in use, and hybrid features you'd expect to find, such as regenerative braking and a stop-start system, are put to use here.

Finally, the new Tribute Hybrid is available in two trim levels and with both two- and four-wheel-drive. AutoblogGreen has comprehensive analysis and info. Click the image above for a high-resolution photo gallery.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      wow, ridgeline ugly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good job Ford/Mazda... way to uglify the Tribute
      • 8 Years Ago
      18 mpg is the city mpg in the past V6/awd tribute (I figured take the worst possible stat). Using that number I got 31 mpg. I still don't believe that but we'll see.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That design looks so out of date that its almost retro. Why not save the money and produce a CX-7 hybrid?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not to correct anyone here... but the Escape is actually a rebadged Mazda design, at least regarding the chasis. Both vehicles ride on a revised Mazda 626 platform, which Ford calls the CD2 platform. But I guess Mazda doesn't have much say over the styling as I'd much rather see the Tribute (which I had heard was supposed to become the CX-5) sport a more CX-7 style.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is the CX-7 based on the escape (already in hybrid form) as the tribute is? if not, i'd wager that's why
      • 8 Years Ago
      ruggels...the CX-7 and Escape have nothing in common. The CX-7 is based on a modified Mazda6 platform. The platform is shared also bu the CX-9, Edge and MKX...

      #6...who says the Escape Hybrid was a failed experiment? Is it because they dont sell 200k of them a year? Plus, they will still continue to sell it.
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