Mazda Motor will begin selling its hybrid version of the Tribute SUV in the second quarter of the year. The Tribute is based on the Ford Escape.
Mazda will provide more details—exact timing, pricing, distribution, and projected sales volumes—closer to the launch date.
The Tribute shares the powertrain design of the Escape (and Mariner) hybrid: 2.3-liter, Atkinson cycle gasoline engine, 70 kW electric traction motor, a special electronically controlled, continuously variable transmission (eCVT), and a 330-volt nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. (Earlier post.)
The Tribute can run in all-electric mode up to speeds of about 25 mph.