• Oct 17th 2008 at 9:48AM
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We know all about the technology that makes the hybrid versions of Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs work. It's quite similar to the 2-Mode system that General Motors uses in its GMC Yukon and Chevy Tahoe hybrids and was jointly developed by these two corporations along with BMW. Our own Sam Abuelsamid has driven the Chrysler hybrid 'utes and managed a respectable 22.1 miles per gallon, beating Chrysler's early predictions of 19 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. At that time, the hybrids had not yet had their official EPA mileage ratings bestowed upon them, but that situation has since been rectified, with the 2009 models achieving 20 city and 22 highway. That figure measures up rather well with its most direct competitors, the aforementioned full-size SUVs from GM, which match the Dodge and Chrysler units in the city but trail on the highway by two miles per gallon. This figure gives Chrysler, with its 400-horsepower hybrid, the best fuel mileage in its category. Chrysler's also quick to point out that its full-sizers are priced nearly $8,000 less than the units from GM and qualify for a $2,200 tax credit.


[Source: Chrysler]

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 16, 2008: Chrysler and Dodge hybrid SUVs boast fuel economy improvement of more than 53 percent in city, 40 percent overall; offer better city fuel economy than a V-6 Honda Accord

Most powerful hybrid SUVs with 400 horsepower

Full-size SUVs deliver rare blend of fuel economy, utility, capability and performance

Customers can expect a tax credit of up to $2,200

Official EPA fuel economy numbers for the 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid are 20 city and 22 highway, achieving best-in-class fuel economy ratings for a full-size 4x4 SUV.

Chrysler LLC's first production hybrids are coupled with the renowned 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System (MDS) technology. Total output, when combined with the advanced two-mode hybrid system, is 400 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque - the most powerful hybrid SUVs.

The Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid are priced nearly $8,000 below the competition. Additionally, customers can expect a tax credit of up to $2,200.

"Our new 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrids deliver best-in-class fuel economy of up to 22 miles per gallon-an improvement of more than 53 percent in the city and 40 percent overall," said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice President - Product Development, Chrysler LLC. "This unique combination of value, fuel economy, performance and capability gives SUV owners a no-compromise hybrid alternative."

Capable of towing 6,000 lbs., 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrid vehicles deliver seamless, dependable power and performance on demand, in an efficient package. With an electrically variable transmission-featuring the best characteristics of an automatic transmission and hybrid drive-and two different hybrid modes of operation, the drive system dramatically improves fuel economy around town and at highway speeds.

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrids are built at the Newark Assembly Plant in Delaware. The new 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango Hybrids arrive in showrooms this year.

Chrysler Brand

Chrysler is the seventh largest brand in the U.S. automotive market. The brand's succession of innovative products continues to solidify Chrysler's standing as the leader in design, agile performance and innovative technology built around a customer's needs, all at an extraordinary value.

The award-winning all-new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country has 35 new or improved features that include the innovative Swivel 'N Go(TM) seating system.

Arriving later this year, the new 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid will give a unique option to customers who need the cargo and towing capability of a sport-utility vehicle, but want a more efficient alternative. Chrysler Aspen Hybrid is better than 53 percent more fuel efficient in the city and 40 percent more fuel efficient overall. Also, for customers seeking additional fuel efficiency, the Chrysler Sebring sedan and Chrysler Sebring Convertible both achieve 30 miles per gallon (mpg) highway fuel economy and have been certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SmartWay program, which recognizes the cleanest, most efficient vehicles sold in the U.S.

Dodge Brand

With a U.S. market share of 6.4 percent, Dodge is Chrysler LLC's best-selling brand and the sixth largest nameplate in the U.S. automotive market. In 2007, Dodge sold more than 1.3 million vehicles in the global market, including the best-selling minivan in 2007 total sales, Dodge Grand Caravan.

The Dodge brand's first crossover vehicle-the all-new 2009 Dodge Journey-arrived in dealer showrooms in the first quarter of 2008, and is now available outside North America in petrol and diesel powertrains in both left- and right-hand drive. Arriving in dealerships this year is the all-new 2009 Dodge Ram with game-changing exterior and interior design, innovations, best-in-class features and craftsmanship; the all-new 2009 Dodge Challenger, a modern interpretation of the American muscle car; and the new 2009 Dodge Durango Hybrid, a hybrid-electric vehicle that combines fuel efficient advanced hybrid technology with full-size SUV performance and capability. Last fall, America's best-selling minivan, the all-new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan, arrived in dealerships with 35 new or improved features including the newest innovation, the Swivel 'N Go(TM) seating system. In 2007, Dodge Avenger and Nitro entered key volume segments outside North America, joining the Dodge Caliber, the highest sales volume vehicle for the company outside of North America.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      In answer to all those folks who think a 22 mpg SUV is so wonderful... No, my Toyota doesn't have 400 hp. Like 99.9% of the population, I don't need a 400 hp engine. No, my Toyota doesn't tow 3 tons. Like 99.9% of the population, I don't need to tow 3 tons. And if I ever did, I could rent a bigger truck for that occasion for a lot less than I'd have to pay to drive a 22 mpg SUV full-time. No, my Toyota won't carry 8 passengers, at least not comfortably. Like 99.9% of the population, I don't need to haul 8 passengers. And if I ever did, I could rent a vehicle for that occasion that could, for a lot less than it would cost me to drive a 22 mpg SUV full-time.

      And most of the people who *think* they need 400hp, 3 ton towing capability, and 8 passenger room are blowing smoke.

      If you read my original post carefully enough, you would see that I did not claim that my little pickup would outperform a 22 mpg SUV in any way -- except for costing less than half as much to own and operate, and being well-suited to my needs. If I didn't need to occasionally haul bulky (but not heavy) stuff, I wouldn't even bother with a little pickup truck; I'd drive something even more economical.
        • 6 Years Ago
        TX, ok I see. We're making irrelevant comparisons. In that case, I'm pretty sure my Ford sedan can blow the doors your Toyota for MPG.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So why did you feel the need to make this apples to oranges comparison?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, can't wait to buy one ... NOT!
      What a joke. Another example of Chrysler not getting it together.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah because too many 8 passenger Full-Size Hybrid SUVs with V8's and 400 horsepower on the market today get 22 MPG.....

        /sarc.

        go perish somewhere....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, and so many need to buy that fugly 400hp Chrysler. Proof will be in the numbers, and as usual Chrysler's numbers will be in the toilet. Nuff said.
      • 6 Years Ago
      20 mpg? My Toyota pickup, which is a far more useful vehicle for me, gets better than that, and it's not even a hybrid.

      Hey, Chrysler: Let us know if/when you get 40 mpg in an SUV. Then I'll be a little more interested.

      Better yet, let us know when you start building EVSUVs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        While this isn't a vehicle I would purchase, 20-22 mpg is very decent mileage for the weight and power. I've owned 4-cylinder cars that had no power accessories or AC, stick shifts and less than 100 HP that didn't get much better fuel economy.

        That's almost exactly the mileage my 1993 Voyager with 3.0L V6 delivered with its neck-snapping 142 HP. I have to give credit where credit is due --- this is a far cry from full-size SUVs from the 70s and 80s that never got above 15 mpg.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...Or Haul 8 passengers?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Can you tow 6,000 lbs with your Toyota? The Ford Flex is advertising that it gets 24 MPG. So 22MPG for these things is awesome.
        • 6 Years Ago
        TX, What particular Toyota model is that? I want to look up the City EPA ratings on that bad boy. I assume, it too has 400hp.
      gpmp
      • 6 Years Ago
      20 mpg is pretty good for a heavy passenger vehicle driving around town. It's probably 40% better than the standard non-hybrid.

      I'll never own one, but it would make a big difference if all the 12 and 14 mpg trucks and suvs were able to get 20 city.

      Now all they have to do is beef up the battery pak and make it a plug-in. THEN I just might buy one.

      Sign the plug-in petition: http://www.pluginpartners.org/whatYouCanDo/onlinePetition.cfm
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just wait untill GM and Chrysler certify the Durango and Tahoe hybrids for taxi use with the barrier required in NYC. They will be the only safe options available for taxi use.
        • 6 Years Ago
        (groan)

        if NYC would actually start ticketing all the individuals & livery drivers who park idling in Manhattan, maybe it wouldn't need to worry about mandating hybrid cabs (grumblegrumblegrumble)....
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