May 1, 2007

Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango to go hybrid

Chrysler says it's planning to start selling its new Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango V8 HEMI-powered SUVs equipped with the Two-Mode hybrid powertrain, developed by DaimlerChrysler, BMW and GM. The vehicles will be presented to the public sometime during the next year and will reportedly feature 25% better fuel economy and 40% better efficiency in the city cycle.

Chrysler Aspen V8 HEMI hybrid

KickingTires calculates that, featuring 14/19 mpg city/highway with a HEMI engine, the Chrysler Aspen's mileage will increase to 19.6/23 mpg respectively. Although the gain in mileage will likely be offset during the next couple of years because of rising oil-prices, the hybrid powertrain will nevertheless help both gas-guzzlers stay afloat until more fuel-efficient engines will arrive.

Dodge Durango V8 HEMI hybrid

See also: 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid debuts

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