2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid SUV
Mazda will debut their first hybrid electric vehicle, the 2008 Mazda Tribute Hybrid SUV, at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The heavily revamped 2008 Tribute Hybrid will deliver an estimated 33-MPG in the city and 29-MPG on the highway when it goes on sale in 2007.
The Tribute Hybrid is the first advanced-technology vehicle dedicated to clean air that Mazda has produced. It meets the stringent Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (SULEVII) and Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) standards set by California.
In delivering a fuel-efficient Tribute model, Mazda has not compromised on power, the combined power output of the Tribute Hybrid's MZR2.3 gasoline engine and electric motor is a capable 155 hp. Tribute Hybrid's poweful acceleration capabilities are comparable to a V6 3.0L engine.
The Tribute Hybrid was developed in partnership with Ford, like its sibling Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner the 2008 Tribute Hybrid comes with significant redesigns. Changes contributing to a more definable clean appearance include a new grille, headlamps, tailgate and notably rounder wheel arches. The interior has also enjoyed a material and features upgrade.
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