With the first generation of the two-mode hybrid Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups arriving in showrooms, GM is already promising big improvements in pulling performance from its next-generation gas-electric haulers.
“We’re going to see substantial improvements in towing capability in our next hybrids,” said Gary White, GM North America vice president and vehicle line executive for GM Full-Size Trucks. “We think we can raise towing by up to 50 percent more than today’s (hybrid) trucks. For us, it just makes sense that we want to improve the trailering capability. It’s one of the top reasons people buy a truck.”
We expect GM's next-generation hybrid full-size pickups to arrive by 2013.
GM’s 2009 two-wheel-drive hybrids are rated to tow up to 6,100 pounds, and four-wheel-drive models can tow up to 5,900 pounds. That means a tow rating of up to 9,000 pounds is possible in GM’s next-generation hybrids. A conventional GM 6.0-liter gas V-8 crew cab half-ton is rated to tow up to 10,600 pounds with an optional enhanced trailering package.
Finally it would make sense for me to have a hybrid large SUV or pickup truck.
Today's model has too much of a towing limitation for me; at this point in time I think diesel gives better mileage without the towing restriction.