General Motors has announced pricing for the first of its new two-mode hybrid pickup trucks, the GMC Sierra and they've apparently learned at least one lesson from the roll-out of the Yukon and Tahoe hybrids earlier this year. The starting price for the two-wheel drive Sierra hybrid is $39,365, about $10,000 less than the SUVs. It's not immediately clear from the press release but it appears that at least part of the price drop came via de-contenting the pickups. While the SUVs have a navigation system with the hybrid power flow display as standard equipment, it looks like this is an optional extra on the pickups. The base price does, however, include the requisite "Hybrid Ornamentation." I'm not really sure that GM needs to be pointing this out, since it's pretty obvious, not to mention obnoxious. The same press release also mentions that the new Pontiac
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GMC and Pontiac Announce Pricing for 2009 Sierra Hybrid and G3
DETROIT –GMC and Pontiac today announced pricing for two new models arriving in dealerships in early 2009, further reinforcing the channel's reputation for value combined with efficiency and capability. The model introductions and MSRPs (including destination freight charge) include:
- The GMC Sierra Hybrid pickup truck, which combines the fuel efficiency of a midsize sedan with uncompromised full-size truck capability, $39,365 (including $975 DFC) for 2WD models with the 3HA package and $45,500 (including DFC) with the 3HB package
- The all-new Pontiac G3 hatchback, $14,995 (including $660 DFC)
GMC Sierra Hybrid
The 2009 Sierra Hybrid joins the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid as the only full-size hybrid pickup trucks on the market. Equipped with GM's two-mode hybrid system, Sierra Hybrid is offered in the crew cab body style and is also available with 4WD.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for 2WD models is 21 mpg city and 22 on the highway; 4WD models are estimated at 20 mpg in city and highway driving. That mileage, combined with a 26-gallon (98 L) fuel tank, delivers a cruising range of more than 500 miles with 2WD models and more than 470 miles with 4WD models
Production begins in December of 2008, with delivery to dealers expected in early 2009.
Towing capacity is rated at 6,100 pounds (2,767 kg). A $2,200 federal tax credit is currently available to many customers who purchase the Sierra Hybrid.
A well-equipped pickup
Sierra Hybrid 3HA models include popular equipment such as the heavy-duty trailering package; StabiliTrak electronic stability control; locking rear differential; EZ Lift tailgate and lock; 18-inch wheels; cloth seats; XM Satellite Radio and OnStar. Also included are automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth phone capability.
Equipment that is specific to the hybrid model includes:
- 6.0-liter V-8 engine (332 hp / 247 kW)
- Low rolling resistance tires
- Hybrid ornamentation
- Soft tonneau cover
- Head curtain side-impact air bags
In addition, a Sierra Hybrid 3HB model is offered. It includes all of the 3HA content as well as leather bucket seats with six-way driver and passenger power; Power Flow navigation with Bose audio and rear-seat controls; rear park assist; power adjustable pedals and a three-piece hard tonneau cover. MSRP is $45,500 (including destination charge).
The all-new Pontiac G3 hatchback arrives in dealer showrooms in March 2009 and becomes Pontiac's fourth vehicle achieving highway fuel economy of 32 miles per gallon or higher.
The G3 combines sporty styling, quick handling and is surprisingly well-equipped, with standard air conditioning, four air bags (two frontal and two side-impact air bags) and the OnStar safety and security system. With an EPA-estimated 34 miles per gallon highway and the lowest starting price of any Pontiac, the G3 emphasizes value without compromising a fun driving experience.
All Pontiac and GMC models are covered by GM's five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and three-year, 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty. Additionally, Sierra Hybrid models come with an eight-year/100,000-mile hybrid component warranty.