GMC Denali E85 Two-Mode Hybrid ConceptEnlarge Photo
The powertrain is said to offer a 50% increase in fuel-economy over comparable small pickup trucks when running on petrol. In addition to the hybrid system, the concept powertrain also features direct-injection and active-fuel management technologies. At low speeds the vehicle drives on electric power alone. The new V8 4.9L E85-capable engine powers the Denali XT with an estimated 326hp (243kW).
The concept was actually designed and constructed by Holden Design in Australia, and is just the first of two new concepts from the Aussie division. The second concept will be a new crew-cab version of the VE Commodore Ute, which is set to appear at April’s New York Auto Show.
Inside, the Denali XT concept gets billet-metal trim, four leather seats, and ‘floating’ red dials on the instrument panels.