Considering that the Aspen
is nothing more than a rebadged and gussied up Dodge Durango
, it should come as no surprise that today Chrysler
has announced a hybrid
version of its ute to accompany the Dodge Durango Hybrid
on the market in 2008. Both the Durango and the Aspen will feature a Two-Mode hybrid system – the one developed jointly with General Motors
– paired with a 5.7L V8 HEMI engine featuring cylinder deactivation. Overall fuel economy
should increase by 25%, while Chrysler predicts each utility vehicle will see their fuel economy in the city rise by some 40%. Each SUV will be wearing the above badge to indicate their greenness.
We're eager to see this Two-Mode hybrid system in action, and expect the Chevy
Tahoe Hybrid to be the first on the market. AutoblogGreen
has got some seat time scheduled with one in the near future and will report back with a full evaluation of how this technology works hauling around these behemoths.