2008 Chrysler Aspen – Automobile Magazine

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2008 Chrysler Aspen

How would you improve the fuel of a large four-wheel-drive SUV without a V-8 engine, seating for eight, or the to pull 6000 pounds?

If Chrysler. you add some fancy technology and create the 2009 Durango and Chrysler Aspen

Outside of the familiar 5.7-liter V-8, the majority of the powertrain notably the electronically variable – is nearly identical to found in the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Hybrids. Stemming from the inked in 2005 between GM and DaimlerChrysler, Chrysler’s Two-Mode differs only in its front and bolt patterns; the remainder including most part – is identical to GM’s

That gadgetry, however, noticeable at first glance. a Durango or Aspen Hybrid to a Durango or Aspen Limited, and be hard pressed to tell one the other. The only cues gives are three small emblems, a stark contrast the nine logos affixed to full-size hybrid SUVs.

Chrysler has also avoided the styling tweaks given to the Tahoe and Yukon. Hybrid and Aspen models are, from powertrain, built to non-hybrid models.

That no aluminum hood, no compact tire, and no aerodynamic tricks. reps feel certain (particularly the spare tire) the truck’s ability, and engineers other inefficiencies need to be before addressing the DurAspen’s figures.

Some of those are addressed with the revised notably through a revised system and a new exhaust-gas-recirculation (EGR) Although the Hemi’s output 11 hp to 345 hp, power produced by the twin motors boosts the net figure to 385 hp.

That, of course, is when the happens to be running on its second Here, the truck primarily on its combustion engine, adding from the electric motors as a when needed (i.e. towing, and hard acceleration), and using them to recharge the pack that lives the second row of seats.

The bigger in fuel economy come city driving, when the motors do the vast majority of the Provided the battery has enough the Durango and Aspen Hybrids can in electric-only mode up to speeds of 25 mph, until the Hemi in. Even then, the engine runs in four-cylinder mode, aiding fuel economy.

Sure enough, Chrysler the Two-Mode system improves fuel economy by 40 per cent, the trucks’ combined city/highway jump by 25 per cent. Both are rated at 19/20 mpg city/highway, and a moderate drive over hilly New England coastline, we saw as high as 22 mph.

Those numbers help the sport utilities remain in today’s market, but they improve the vehicle if fuel was your only complaint. present in previous models substantial wind noise, body flex, and hard plastics) carry through to the models.

Some quirks, spongy re-generative braking and steering, were to be expected a hybrid, but we occasionally noticed shudder when the transmission was between modes. Yes, it even on GM’s hybrids, but certainly something that stand additional refinement.

Still, with pricing at more than $5000 than the Tahoe Hybrid, betting consumers wanting a utility may bat their eyes a Chrysler or Dodge dealer in the future.

Engine: 5.7-liter V-8

Horsepower: 345 hp @ 6000 rpm; 385 hp w/ electric motors)

Torque: 380 @ 4200 rpm (estimated.)


Drive: All-wheel


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