(autoinsidenews) - Mazda unveiled the all-new 2008 Tribute Hybrid SUV at the Detroit Auto Show. Nearly identical to its Ford Escape sibling, the Tribute features unique front and rear fascias and new taillamps, but other than that the Tribute is an Escape.
The Tribute Hybrid is powered by a 2.3L four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine, which develops 133-hphorsepower. The gas engine is mated to a 70-kilowatt electric motor (equivalent to 94 horsepower), and develops a combined 155-hp, with 0-60 times comparable to the 200-hp V6 engine.
All while increasing city-driving fuel economy by nearly 75-percent. As a full hybrid the Tirbute HEV can run on the electric motor unassisted at speeds up to 25 mph, reports Trend.
The Tribute Hybrid meets California's strict Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) requirements by achieving Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle II (SULEVII) standards, plus zero evaporative emissions standards - the strictest emission regulations a gasoline-fueled vehicle can meet.
The Tribute Hybrid will be offered in standard front-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive, and is available in two trim levels, Touring and Grand Touring. The Tribute Hybrid will debut in mid-2007. No pricing information was available.