• Apr 30, 2007
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 and BMW – paired with a 5.7L V8 HEMI engine featuring cylinder deactivation. Overall fuel economy should increase by 25. 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.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      2-mode Hybrid in an Aspen saves as much gas as changing from a Camry to Prius.

      15 MPG over 10,000 miles = 667 Gallons
      18.75 MPG over 10,000 miles = 533 Gallons
      Difference = 134 Gallons of gas saved for 25% gain

      30 MPG over 10,000 miles = 333 Gallons
      50 MPG over 10,000 miles = 200 Gallons
      Difference of 133 Gallons of gas saved for 67% gain
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ooooohhhh!

      It will increase the city milage by as much as 40%...

      So this means an increase from sucks, to sucks-ever-so-slightly-less.

      I wonder how much of a cost premium the "fuel milega that doesn't suck as much" comes at...
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Barney, stick to imports"

      Actually Mike, I own three domestics and on import. The only V8 is an old Ford truck I use for dragging trees out of the bush. The other two are V6s and the import is a four banger diesel. If the heavier old Ford also came with a six cylinder, then why can't the newer lighter vehicles do well with six cylinders and more horses then the old 351? My E150 has a V6 that puts out over 200 HP and yet the older vans had less HP. The power was good enough then so what's changed today?
      • 7 Years Ago
      How do you compare the mileage of 5.7V8s. The fueleconomy.gov never lists what axle ratio was used.

      What, the new 4.7 dual spark doesn't support E70/85? If so Chrysler (CAFE) loss.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What is the point of this vehicle again?
      • 7 Years Ago
      MikeW, dropping the 4.7 eliminates the flex fuel capability from the ram.

      Thank would not be a good choice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why not upgrade the base for $0 premium?
      Drop the crappy V6 and 4 speed auto. Seriously now, come on.

      The new 4.7 dual spark plug engine should be the standard 4x2 engine.
      5.7 with the 4x4 only.
      and maybe Mercedes will let Chrysler have the 7g-tronic. 6:1 ratio spread is better than the 4.5:1 of the 545RFE.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hybrid Hemi - There's an oximoron.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Barney, consumers want lots of horse power. They love it! It sells trucks! Do they need it, no.

      This hybrid truck thing, very good news. Should have been done years ago. Glad to see Chrysler is getting into it. It will probably up the cost of the truck by at least 2,000 minimum though. The Aspen needs to go though, we all can agree on that.

      Oh yeah, if anyone from Chrysler is reading this, please marry a turbo charged 5.7 HEMI to an AWD Caliber SRT! Thanks!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Regardless of the choice of vehicle, it is great to see the Big 3 embracing Hybrid Technology and begin to incorporate it in the vehicles that need MPG improvements the most.

      Can't wait for mainstream vehicles like the 300 and next-gen Impala to receive the Hybrid treatment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does it have a mode that changes its apperance to something people might actually want?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What a waste. Put it in the Durango, sure, but put it in the Aspen? Sheesh, I've seen all of *one* Aspen since the thing hit the market. This is one of the reasons Chrysler is in trouble.
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