Chrysler prices new hybrids thousands below rivalsEnlarge Photo
GM's comparable Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid, meanwhile, starts at $50,490 and its GMC Yukon starts at $50,945. Both the Chrysler and GM models use the same two-mode hybrid system developed in a partnership along with Germany’s Daimler and BMW.
The two hybrid SUVs are Chrysler’s first entries in the hybrid market and offer a 25% improvement in mileage compared with the regular petrol versions. The vehicles are still fully capable of towing up to 6,000lbs but are expected to save hundreds of gallons of fuel per year for the average motorist.
Both models feature a 5.7L HEMI V8 with cylinder-deactivation technology and develop a peak output of 385hp (287kW) and 380lb-ft (515Nm) of torque when coupled to the advanced two-mode hybrid system.