Supersized SUV still comes with a 6.0 liter V8 with 332 hp (248 kW) and 367 lb-ft (498 Nm) of torque. Other goodies include the 22-inch, 8-spoke chrome wheels and the MagnaRide suspension.

GM will be debuting its GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid at the New York auto show this week.

The failing US automaker boasts that the hybrid drive-train provides a 50 percent improvement in city-driving fuel economy. Over what, they don't specify. They also say, "hey, this has the same mileage as a Toyota Camry V6 driving in the city," as if that is supposed to be a terrifically impressive fact to cite.

Now, this type of SUV used to get about 11 mpg back in its hey-day in the 1990s. So, it's actually a doubling of economy if they go that far back. Why not just say that? It sounds less stretching that way.

The GMC Yukon Denali Hybrid comes with a 6.0 liter Vortec V8 producing 332 hp (248 kW) and 367 lb-ft (498 Nm) of torque. Now, that's the impressive number. Why not just stick to that? Other goodies include the 22-inch, 8-spoke chrome wheels and the MagnaRide suspension, which can adjust the shock absorber damping rate due to magnetic particles in the fluid.

Prices start at $59,185 for the rear-wheel drive Yukon Denali Hybrid and $62,030 for the 4-wheel drive version.

A full-sized SUV as a hybrid? Well, thanks, GM. But could this be a case of too much too late?

 

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