GM planning midsize SUV with plug-in hybrid system

General Motors Co.'s product development chief,Tom Stephens says the company will introduce a plug-in rechargeable midsize sport vehicle sometime in late 2010 or in 2011

Acc to Stephens, the new vehicle will be about the size of a Chevrolet Equinox SUV and get double the city gas mileage of a similar-sized conventional vehicle.

0906_01_z 2010_chevrolet_equinox front_three_quarters_view The 2010 Chevy Equinox

The SUV will have a version of GM's two-mode hybrid powertrain now used in larger SUVs and pickup trucks.

The current Equinox with a four-cylinder engine and front-wheel-drive gets 22 miles per gallon (9 kilometers per liter) in city driving.

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