The 2009 Hybrid SUV Lineup

By dancurranjr On August 14th, 2008

Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) aren’t the greenest options available on the market however many companies have seen the demand for hybrids rise but the desire for an SUV remains consistent. As a result, several hybrid SUVs have been developed over the past few years. In 2009 we will see new models as well as some upgraded older models.

2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
With an estimated price tag of right around $71k, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid will afford its drivers every luxury that Cadillac offers but better gas mileage over the non-hybrid Escalade. The vehicle will use the two-mode hybrid system and has an estimated mpg rating of 20 in the city and 21 in the highway (in two-wheel drive mode). As is standard with a lot of car models, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade will actually be available from dealers across the United States in the fall of 2008.

2009 Mercedes-Benz ML 450 Hybrid
The first German-made hybrid SUV will hit the streets in 2009 in the Mercedes-Benz ML 450 Hybrid. The vehicle is expected to get a miles per gallon rating in the high 20s. The engine is expected to put out around 340 horsepower and will also utilize the two-mode hybrid system. Despite a delay with the battery supplier, Mercedes-Benz still has plans to release the ML450 Hybrid in the second half of 2009.

2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid
A sister of the Escalade and Chevrolet Tahoe, the 2009 GMC Yukon Hybrid qualifies under the LEV2 California emission rating and the Bin 5 Federal rating. The Vortec 6.0L engine will top out at 322 horsepower at 5100 rpm and 367 ft of torque at 4100 RPM. Not bad for an SUV that will get you right around 20 mpg.

2009 Chrysler Aspen/Dodge Durango Hybrid
Chrysler will jump into the hybrid SUV market with a hybrid version of the popular Aspen and Dodge Durango available. Like the other models included on this list, the engine will be based off of the two-mode hybrid system. However, this is a Mopar so yes you can have a Hemi hybrid.

In addition to these four models, 2009 will bring several hybrid crossover options to market for those who want a mix between an SUV and a car.

Source: The Green Motorist

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