• Jan 17th 2011 at 10:01AM
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Hybrids have been a mixed bag at Chrylser (remember the short-lived Durango and Aspen hybrids or the on-again-off-again Ram hybrid?), but a new report from Automotive News indicates that a gasoline-electric drivetrain is back on the table for the Pentastar automaker.

During this year's Detroit Auto Show, Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne reportedly confirmed that hybrid power will be making its way under the hood of the updated 2011 Chrysler 300. This hybrid powertrain is expected to be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and is earmarked for roll-out in 2013.

Hybrids are slowly becoming more and more popular amongst luxury automakers. Lexus already has an electrified version of its GS sedan – the GS 450h – and both Audi and BMW are working to bring hybrids to market in the mid-range luxury segment, too, via the 5 Series ActiveHybrid and A6 Hybrid.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      So whose hybrid tech will they use?
      I don't think the package Chrysler previously used was very competitive, and of course we Americans know very little about Fiat's offerings.

      And how will the hybrid version be priced in comparison to the Pentastar and Hemi engines? Perhaps more interesting, how would the hybrid be priced in comparison to an appropriate diesel?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @threefortyduster You are correct, that was the "dual-mode" hybrid system, and it's been a terrific success in GM products.

        The reason the Aspen/Durango Hybrid was yanked as quickly as it was had nothing to do with the system, but with the fact that those lines were losing money and the plant they were produced in had to be shuttered during the crisis days. It would be intriguing to see if the system could be adapted to the new Grand Cherokee platform.

        Personally, I'm very enthusiastic about big hybrids. Regenerative braking in a heavier vehicle recovers more kinetic energy to be reused on re-start, and in theory should save even more fuel than a small (say, CR-Z-sized) hybrid. As well, the battery pack for a large vehicle doesn't represent the same proportion of weight penalty that it does in a small car.

        I just wish the market agreed with me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Aspen/Durango hybrids got 19 city, 20 hwy. That is an increase of 35% in city fuel mileage, the highway was barely affected, as they were rated 19-20 depending on trim. I would call that acceptable. IIRC, the hybrid system was the same one used in the Chevy trucks, developed jointly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AND WHATS WIGTH THE PIS POOR PICTURE? WTF?!! WAS ANYBODY THINKING? YOUR SELLING A DEATH CAR. ARE YOU PLANNING ON MAKING THIS A HEARSE?
      WHY ISNT THERE SUN? THE SKY ALSO HAVE TO BE BEAUTIFUL. AND GRAVEL? REALY??WTF? SERIOUSLY, GO FIND A NICE GREEN PASTUREY HILL SOMEWHERE, WITH FLOWERS AND TREES, SOMEWHERE YOU WOULD TAKE A CLASSY GIRL FOR A PICNIC, POSSIBLY A ORCHARD, AND START BEFORE SUNRISE, AND TAKE PICTURES FROM ALL ANGLES, ALL DAY TILL MIDNIGHT. HAVE FUN, TAKE PRETTY GIRLS, A PICNIC BACKET, A BBQGRILLE, SOME ALCOHOL AND MARIJUANA, AND LET YOUR CREATIVE FREAK OUT
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK....if you can't accept global warming as a reason, how about two more reasons.

      1. US reliance on foreign oil adds roughly a half-trillion dollars to our foreign trade imbalance. In plain English, that's bad for our economic health.
      2. Many foreign sources of oil supply are governments hostile to the US, either overtly or unseen. The US dollars spent on their oil is used to buy weapons. Those weapons, in turn, kill US troops. Most of them are 20 year old kids. Is that enough of a reason for you?

      Think about that when you fill up your gas guzzler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1. There are lots of trade imbalances, but oil is interesting because the main reason we have to buy so much of it is because of draconian limitations (some imposed very recently) on drilling, building refineries and the like. Could we totally elimiate that imbalance with domestic sources of oil? Probably not, but we could definitely close it (without drilling up the whole country). And, in the realy world of global economics, we hold the greater advantage in any number of "trade imbalances."

        2. I love this argument, because it's so simple and sexy without really making a lot of sense. You're equivocating...filling up with gas isn't the same as putting weapons in the hands of terrorists. Furthermore, you don't really believe that yourself, or you wouldn't make that next trip to the station today, tomorrow or next week. Hybrids mean, under this reasoning, that you only bear less responsibility for the murder of 20 year old American soldiers. How is that really better? If you really believe this, you should live a life devoted to never using foreign oil, ever. I mean, is it worth the life of a US serviceman or woman? (sarcasm)

        The reality is that economics are a lot more complicated than that, and "governments hostile to the US" have many customers and sources of funding, oil being only one. Doesn't some of that money go to feeding people enabling governments in the middle east to build hospitals and provide services? Of course it does. To draw a simple line from the 13.5 gallons I put into my Mazda to a roadside bomb or a sniper's bullet is simplistic and a poor argument for hybrid vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      nice car.
      the headlights need to be changed from polygons to rectangles, with the current angles but the front corner needs to extend to the chrome-nosegrille edge. the bottom line needs to extend down to that somewhat horizontal line, and that horizontal plane needs to be covered with chrome. the grilles lines need to be thinner, but more plentiful.
      that bottom leading edge under the fog lights that protrudes out needs to be tucked back.
      there needs to be vents that direct air to help cool the brakes.
      that bottom line on the doors needs accented with chrome
      maybe to continue the 30s theme they should put wheel covers on the rear wheels, like the classic 30s cars and jaguars. just dont do it so it looks like a prius.

      and maybe remove the lower horizontal chrome strip under the windows, it'll look taller, and make it look like the reduced height
      sincerely
      mitch spence
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who could care less about ANY hybrid or electric?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You could probably care less if you really tried. I personally know those who COULDN"T care less though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah! bubblegum!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sure hope it's a plug-in Hybrid.

      Would love to to have your normal commute with ZERO GASOLINE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have to admit that I was thoroughly impressed with seeing the new 300 in person at the Detroit show. They went a little heavy on the wood trim in the interior, but I am sure that will not be the only trim package. Overall a huge improvement, and kudos to their design staff for doing a great job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      3.6L MDS + 2mode hybrid should be a sweet car. 5.7L MDS + 2mode hybrid would be over kill and too spendy.
      I hope the 3.6L will come out with the MDS system soon.
      Maybe it will also leak over to the charger police package. Then city police cars can have good fuel mileage. If it has to idle to recharge, then maybe it can do it as a 1.8L.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hybrids, in my opinion, have a limited market and a questionable future in the short term. Personally I would never invest in this technology for the small improvement in fuel economy and the risk of mechanical problems and decreased performance. What does one do with a 6-7 year old hybrid with deminished battery life, that no one in their right mind would buy? Resale value for these things will be nil when battery replacement looms and oh, how do you dispose of your used batteries? Disposal fees could eat up any savings on fuel, if anyone is willing to take the spent paper weight off your hands. Hey that sound green.
      That said, I guess it makes sense for Chrysler to join the pack with this foolish endevor. I guess the political correctness pressure was too much to avoid in going down this road to nowhere.
      Some dude is stroking his pet tree and smiling from ear to ear just at this news and feeling so good because Chrysler is helping him save the planet....not!
        • 4 Years Ago
        These treehuggers who have been following Al Gore's marching orders like a bunch of blind sheep probably feel all warm and fuzzy inside about another hybrid, what they don't realize is that they have been DUPED by the New World Order. These are the same people who have no problem walking through the airport naked body scanners, because they are stupid enough to believe all the lies the government has been telling them. Pathetic.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should also think of launching hybrid versions of Grand Cherokee and Durango.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the first product plan when they were trying to secure government loans a Grand Cherokee Hybrid was in the cards. I don't know if it's still happening though. Since then the Ram Hybrid has been dropped in favor on a plug-in system, while the fate of the Grand Cherokee Hybrid remains unknown.
        Here's a picture of their first product plan (not to be confused with the one they though up with Fiat November 4th.
        Supposed to come in 2013, but the fate of it remains unknown.
        http://blogs.cars.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e2011278ef08cd28a4-800wi
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was excited for the "all-new" Chrysler 300 but after seeing the new evolution design it acquired I could care less. I absolutely dislike the new taillights. The headlights are okay. The grill makes me yawn. Why is Chrysler still around? :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      The all new 300 is currently in production should be hitting dealers in the next 30 days
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