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Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

The Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid was introduced in the 2005 model year as an optional engine configuration on this hugely popular truck. The Hybrid configuration is expected to produce an increased fuel economy of 10% by simply stopping the Vortec 4800 V8 engine in idle and deceleration but without impeding power performance.


See WikiCars' comprehensive Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid Review Page.

Recent Changes

New front end design.

The 2007 model Silverado has had many small changes both inside and out. Chevy has strayed from its trend of sharing similar front ends across vehicle lines like the Tahoe to produce a new and very pleasing looking vehicle. The 2007 Silverado seems as to have gained some size and girth but has borrowed elements from its little brother the Colorado which may make this seem skewed at first glance. Other options that seem to have been normally limited to the mid-size market vehicle have found their way onto the 2007 Silverado such as roof rails, fog lights and nerf bars.

Styles and Major Options

Models
  • 4x2 Extended Cab 6.5' box 143.5" WB 1LT
  • 4x2 Extended Cab 6.5' box 143.5" WB 2LT
  • 4x4 Extended Cab 6.5' box 143.5" WB 1LT
  • 4x4 Extended Cab 6.5' box 143.5" WB 2LT

Optional equipment on the Silverado Hybrid is for the most part identical to the regular Silverado’s with some minor variations. When all is said and done Chevrolet believes that consumers who are interested in the new technology would shy away if there were large sacrifices to make.

Even though fuel savings are limited, Chevrolet has found another attractive feature that can be utilized from the hybrid power system. A pair of 110V outlets are available located in the rear bed sidewall and under seat which can prove very useful when power outlets are unavailable such as on a job site or a fishing/camping trip.

Silverado
Options

1LT Factory Options:

  • Upgraded audio system to CD or 6-disc CD changer.
  • Dual zone climate control.
  • OnStar or OnStar Plus Package.
  • Leather seat trim.
  • Bucket seats with a power seat adjuster.
  • Steering wheel controls.
  • XM Satellite Radio.
  • Fog Lamps.
  • Exterior power or camping style mirrors.
  • High capacity air cleaner.
  • Heavy duty locking differential.
  • Skid plates (4x4 only).
  • Trailering package.


2LT Factory Options:

  • Upgraded audio system to CD or 6-disc CD changer.
  • OnStar or OnStar Plus Package.
  • Leather seat trim.
  • XM Satellite Radio.
  • Exterior power or camping style mirrors.
  • High capacity air cleaner.
  • Heavy duty locking differential.
  • Skid plates (4x4 only).
  • Trailering package.

Pricing

2007

  • 4x2 Extended Cab 1LT : $25,960 MSRP
  • 4x2 Extended Cab 2LT : $28,705 MSRP
  • 4x4 Extended Cab 1LT : $28,410 MSRP
  • 4x4 Extended Cab 2LT : $31,665 MSRP


Adopters of hybrid vehicles usually expect to pay quite a premium price for the new technology. Chevrolet has decided that placing the fuel saving technology in some of their more fuel hungry vehicles at a lower cost then a more efficient purer hybrid vehicle would also be beneficial. Even though fuel savings is at a minimum customers can expect to pay only another $1500 or so compared to their conventional counterparts without sacrificing power and performance. This line of trucks should fair well with consumers.

2009

Base w/1HY 69.3" RWD 6.0L V8 Auto $38,020

Base w/1HY 69.3" 4WD 6.0L V8 Auto $41,170

Base w/2HY 69.3" RWD 6.0L V8 Auto $44,155

Base w/2HY 69.3" 4WD 6.0L V8 Auto $47,305

Gas Mileage

The 2007 Chevy Silverado Hybrid uses what is considered a Light Hybrid System utilizing three fuel saving methods:

  • Engine off at idle.
  • Deceleration fuel cutoff.
  • Regenerative braking.

FuelEconomy.gov lists the 2007 Silverado Hybrid 4x2 average fuel economy at 18 MPG City/ 21 MPG Hwy.


2009

2wd 21 mpg city/22 mpg highway

4wd 20 mpg city/20 mpg highway

Reliability

Reliability information unavailable at present time although last years Silverado ranked highest in initial quality in the large pickup segment in the J.D. Power and Associates2006 Initial Quality Study.

Safety

Crash test information unavailable at present time.

Safety and security features included standard:

Photos

Rear View
Silverado Interior
Silverado Truck Bed
Silverado Hybrid
Vortec 5.3L V8 SFI

Colors

Black Black

Blue Granite Metallic Blue Granite Metallic

Dark Blue Metallic Dark Blue Metallic

Dark Green Metallic Dark Green Metallic

Graystone Metallic Graystone Metallic

Sandstone Metallic Sandstone Metallic

Silver Birch Metallic Silver Birch Metallic

Sport Red Metallic Sport Red Metallic

Summit White Summit White

Victory Red Victory Red


Unique Attributes

  • With an unhindered powertain under the hood few would even recognize the 2007 Silverado as a hybrid vehicle. This reaction was expected and celebrated by General Motors as they themselves refer to the Silverado Hybrid as "mild Hybrid technology".
  • Portable generator on wheels. This is the kind of technological common sense that will usher new users to this technology. Where saving the environment for generations to come sometimes is reason enough, others just really need someplace to plug in their circular saw.

Criticisms

Current Generation: (2006-2007)

The 2006 Silverado hybrid came to market with technology General Motors called a Flywheel Alternator Starter Hybrid System (FAS). Even though the system did not power the truck at lower speeds or offer up more power in overtaking such as future GM hybrids would, there is still merit to stopping the spewing of pollution at stop lights during idle.

For 2007 very little has changed on the Silverado hybrid, most likley new technology with a larger impact on fuel economy is in the works for future generations.

Specifications

2007

  • OHV Hybrid Vortec 5.3-Liter V8.
  • 295 hp @ 5200rpm.
  • 335 torque lbs/ft @ 4400rpm.
  • 26 gallon fuel capacity.
  • 4-speed electronic automatic with overdrive.
  • Gross weight 6200 lbs.
  • Seating capacity 6
  • Towing capacity 6700 lbs.



2009

  • 6.0L V-8 engine
  • 4-spd tip transmission w/OD
  • 600 amp heavy duty battery with run down protection
  • Axle Ratio 3.08 axle ratio
  • Fuel Tank 26.0 gal. fuel tank
  • 332 hp @ 5100rpm.
  • 367 torque lbs/ft @ 4100rpm.
  • Towing capacity 6100/5900 lbs

See Also

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