Before the beginning of this Labor Day weekend, news broke out that General Motors has opted to cancel its two-mode hybrid program bound for its all-new K2XX truck and SUVs. Such an expensive project being cancelled less than a year before the launch of the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra is something that’s hard to believe, and has left many wondering if the K2XX program is in turmoil. However, the cancellation of this program isn’t as bad as the internet is making it out to be.
The biggest reason the K2XX two-mode hybrid program was aborted was because targets — such as fuel economy and cost effectiveness — were not being met in testing, not unlike the SRX hybrid that seemed to be almost finished before it was suddenly cancelled. Despite this, it doesn’t necessarily mean GM will not be offering something in its place. Considering upcoming fuel economy regulations, the company pretty much has to.
Keep in mind that it’s long been reported that these full-sized vehicles would eventually receive eight-speed automatic transmissions, which would undoubtedly add a few extra miles per gallon in overall fuel economy. Couple something like that with the growing trend of, say, GM’s BAS mild-hybrid system (eAssist) and consumers could very well have their high-efficiency full-sized vehicle at a more attainable price than the expensive two-mode hybrids on the market today.