We're used to seeing Geiger Cars tackle wild horsepower-riddled projects, but the tuner's latest effort involves none other than the Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid. No, the company hasn't managed to bleed 1,000 horsepower from the dual-mode hybrid. Instead, the crew at Geiger has managed to talk the big 6.0-liter V8 under the hood into swilling down liquid petroleum gas in a move to substantially cut the big SUV's fuel costs.
Straight from General Motors, the Tahoe Hybrid is good for around 21 mpg, so we would expect to see some sort of improvement on that front with Geiger's take on the truck. Unfortunately, the company doesn't provide any solid LPG fuel-economy numbers.
Geiger did tell the world exactly how much the conversion will cost, though. If you'd rather turn your SUV green than look toward a more efficient way to get your family around town, the conversion will cost you a little over $5,000 at current conversion rates. Geiger will also allow you to buy the whole SUV from their shop for a paltry $78,000. Would we lay down our hard-earned cash for the swap? Given the fact that there isn't exactly an LPG fueling station on every corner, we'd have to pass. Hit the jump for the press release.
With its Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid version, General Motors now offers the perfect synergy of space, eight-cylinder-power and economy. But why should we be content with this if we can get even more economic and environmentally compatible? GeigerCars.de now offers the Tahoe Hybrid even with an LPG system.
With its "two mode" function, the Tahoe saves money even in its ex works condition. On the one hand, the SUV has a 6.0 litre aluminium-V8 for powerful 332 PS at 5,100 rpm and a torque of more than 498 Newton metres at 4,100 rpm. On the other hand, the motor has an automatic cylinder deactivation system to temporarily switch off one bank if it isn't needed to save more fuel.
GM's engineers now combined this advanced technology with an electric drive including a regenerative braking system and completely combustion-free starting after stops, making the large Chevy the first serial hybrid SUV ever at the time of its introduction on the market at the end of 2007. With this kind of motor, the hybrid offers a fuel consumption of approx. 11 litres per 100 kilometres ex works, which is a remarkable value in a vehicle of this size and with these luxurious transport capacities.
"Two-Mode" becomes "Tri-Mode"
GeigerCars.de now goes one step further in terms of economy. The US-car-specialist from Munich now also offers the Tahoe Hybrid with an LPG system, turning the Chevy from a "two-mode" vehicle into a "tri-mode" SUV, combining traditional fuel, electric drive and LPG in a single car. Its gas tank can hold 109 litres so that it can travel quite adequate distances. With this equipment, GeigerCars.de even manages to cut the effective fuel costs in half at the current price for LPG. This definitely adds an additional incentive for purchasing the visually appealing Chevy Tahoe hybrid with its great equipment. Geigercars.de charges a fair price of 56,000 Euros for the serial version. The LPG system installed subsequently in Munich, including all ancillary costs, makes for another one-term payment of 4,000 Euros.
Technical Data - GeigerCars.de Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid "Tri-Mode"
Performance: 332 PS at 5,100 rpm
Torque: 498 Nm at 4.100 rpm
Gear: four-stage automatic gear shift control system with overdrive
Aluminium wheels in 8 x 18 inch
Tyres: 265/65 R18
109 litres gas tank
Basic vehicle: 56,000 Euro
LPG system: 4,000 Euro