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2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid

The 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid – 33% more fuel efficient.  100% ahead of the competition.

The GMC Sierra Hybrid is the first two-mode hybrid in a full-size pickup truck, an accomplishment unmatched by the competition.  It takes the best of both gas and electric propulsion to provide you with the most efficient power in a given driving situation.  The result is a 33 percent increase in EPA-estimated city fuel economy compared to our most efficient gasoline-only Sierra truck.  Better yet, this technology does not sacrifice capability.  The GMC Sierra Hybrid can handle over 1500 lbs of payload, and offers up to 6100 lbs of conventional trailering capacity.

2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid Saginaw

Variable Vale Timing (VVT)

The heart of the GMC Sierra Hybrid is the 6.0L V-8 VVT that produces 332 horsepower and 367 lb-ft torque.  The secret to this engine’s balanced power is variable valve timing.  This feature helps the engine produce near-peak levels of torque across a wide RPM range.  This gives you both responsiveness in city driving and bold acceleration for passing and trailering.

The Best Fuel Economy of Any Full-Sized Pickup

At low speeds and light loads, the GMC Sierra Hybrid can reduce fuel consumption by shutting off the engine and operating on electric power alone.  It can also run on engine power alone, or a combination of both gas and electric.  In the city, this technology offers an EPA-estimated 20 mpg.

At highway speeds, the GMC Sierra Hybrid uses its 6.0L V-8 VVT engine in either V-4 or V-8 operation – sometimes with an extra boost of electric power – as conditions warrant.  Full V-8 power is available for trailer towing, passing or pulling on a long, steep grade.  On the highway, the GMC Sierra Hybrid has an EPA-estimated 23 mpg.

Regenerative Braking

During normal stops, regenerative braking uses the motors in the hybrid transmission as generators to decelerate the vehicle by applying resistance in the motors rather than brake friction.  At the same time, the motors are capturing that energy as electricity in the 300-volt battery pack, electricity that is available for the next acceleration cycle.

Active Fuel Management (AFM)

For maximum fuel economy when you don’t need extra power, AFM can deactivate four of the engine’s eight cylinders.  As the load and your demands increase, the cylinders can reactivate within as little as 20 milliseconds to give you maximum power for trailering and passing.

Proven Battery Power

To give your electric drive system ample power without sacrificing capacity, the GMC Sierra Hybrid has a 300-volt battery pack built with Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) technology.  It tucks under the rear seat area, out of the way, so your passenger capacity and cargo space are unchanged from other Sierras.

For more information and to test drive the new 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid truck contact your Bay City, Saginaw and Midland GMC truck dealer – Labadie GMC!