2008 Chrysler Aspen – Chrysler’s First SUV press release

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Chrysler Aspen

December 11, 2007. Auburn Hills, Mich. – Boasting elegant Chrysler styling, unsurpassed capability and performance and abundant premium amenities, the 2008 Chrysler Aspen is a premium SUV that is a value alternative to luxury-priced competitors.

“The 2008 Chrysler Aspen offers customers the kind of signature design, engineering and value they expect in a Chrysler vehicle, but with the advantages of a sport-utility package,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Brand Marketing, Chrysler LLC. “Loaded with lavish yet practical features such as the MyGIG™ Multimedia Infotainment System, three-row seating, abundant standard safety features including Chrysler’s exclusive Trailer Sway Control, plus best-in-class cargo capacity and towing ability, Chrysler Aspen tops competitors that cost thousands more.”

Compared with large sport-utility vehicles (SUVs), the 2008 Chrysler Aspen is more fuel-efficient and maneuverable. Compared with full-size SUVs, Chrysler Aspen features more interior passenger space and cargo room, coupled with unmatched towing and hauling capability.

The 2008 Chrysler Aspen is offered in Limited trim and 4×2 or 4×4 configurations. Powertrain choices include a standard new 4.7-liter V-8 engine producing 303 horsepower (a 29 percent increase) and 330 lb.-ft. of torque (a 10 percent increase), but also better fuel economy and increased refinement; and an available 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine featuring best-in-class 335 horsepower and Chrysler’s Multi-displacement System (MDS) that seamlessly alternates between four- and eight-cylinder modes depending on power demand, for improved fuel economy.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2008

Exterior:

– Light Sandstone Metallic exterior color (replaces Light Khaki Metallic)

– Available body-color running boards

Interior:

– Second-row seating with recline now standard

– 60/40 split bench standard for third-row seating

– AM/FM radio with single-disc CD player and MP3 auxiliary input jack

– AM/FM radio, DVD/HDD-compatible, with MP3 auxiliary input jack

– MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System with back-up camera

Powertrain/Chassis:

– New 4.7-liter V-8 engine producing 303 horsepower (226 kW) and 330 lb.-ft. (447 N•m) of torque, E85-compatible; more power and torque with better fuel economy and more refinement than previous 4.7-liter V-8s

– Single-speed AWD transfer case

3.92 axle ratio now available only with Trailer Tow Group if equipped with 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine

Safety and Security:

– ParkView™ Rear Back-up Camera available

– Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) system

DESIGN

With inspiration from eye-catching designs of notable Chrysler vehicles past and present, the 2008 Chrysler Aspen exudes Chrysler brand attributes of innovative engineering and elegance at a great value.

Chrysler Aspen’s chromed grille – the “face” of Chrysler vehicles – is inspired by the memorable V-10-powered Chrysler Chronos concept car that made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in 1998. Chrysler wings flow seamlessly into the grille header and contain the gold seal of the brand, providing a proud and instantly recognizable design cue.

Chrysler Aspen’s front and rear fenders, rear doors and rear-quarter panels feature clean, precise angles, creating a seamless profile. Individual chromed “Chrysler” lettering adorns the bodyside on each of the front doors. Chromed accents on bodyside moldings, door handles, side mirrors, belt molding and roof rack, as well as available 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels, add premium panache.

ENGINEERING

The 2008 Chrysler Aspen’s standard powertrain is the new 4.7-liter V-8 offering better fuel economy, power and torque than the previous 4.7-liter engines, while at the same time delivering improvements in refinement. The new 4.7-liter V-8 incorporates two spark plugs per cylinder (the only Chrysler Group engine to do so, other than the 5.7-liter HEMI®), increased compression ratio, improved cylinder-head port flow and a new combustion system. The result is 303 horsepower (226 kW), a 29 percent increase; and 330 lb.-ft. (447 N•m) of torque, a 10 percent increase.

The 4.7-liter powerplant is also E-85 compatible, earning the flexible-fuel vehicle (FFV) designation that provides customers the option of operating their Aspen on ethanol, gasoline or a mixture of the two.

Refinement improvements in the new 4.7-liter V-8 result from significant revisions to the induction system, a lightweight piston/rod assembly and reduced accessory drive noise through lower accessory drive speed. Engine smoothness at idle is enhanced with a new valve-lash adjuster system. The new 4.7-liter V-8 is also equipped with Electronic Throttle Control.

The optional 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, featuring Chrysler Group’s fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System (MDS), provides best-in-class 335 horsepower (257 kW) and 370 lb.-ft. (509 N•m) of torque. Without compromising performance, the 2008 Chrysler Aspen’s HEMI V-8 engine seamlessly alternates between four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand.

The 2008 Chrysler Aspen provides best-in-class horsepower and torque with the towing and hauling capability of a large SUV and the fuel efficiency of smaller full-size SUVs.

Both the 4.7-liter and 5.7-liter V-8 engines are offered with a five-speed automatic transmission.

The 2008 Chrysler Aspen rides on a torsionally stiff, hydroformed frame and independent front suspension with rack-and-pinion steering, providing a smooth and quiet ride and precise handling. Suspension and steering are tuned to deliver superior ride and steering.

In the rear is a unique suspension setup with coil springs and a solid rear axle that delivers durability, substantial payload capability and best-in-class towing ability. A Watt linkage system is fitted to the rear axle, centering the axle and reducing rear-end skate over rough surfaces. The rear suspension supports a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 6,700 lbs. and towing capacity of 8,950 lbs.

All-wheel-drive models of the 2008 Chrysler Aspen are available with a choice of two transfer cases. A single-speed transfer case is standard with AWD models that feature the 4.7-liter V-8 engine. A two-speed transfer case is standard with AWD models that feature the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine. Chrysler Aspen’s two-speed transfer case features AWD electronically shifted into either “high” or “low” operating modes.

Both transfer cases feature a 48-52 torque split between front and rear axles when AWD mode is selected.

Interior appointments are notable for a long list of standard features, including wood-accented door panels and instrument-panel center stack, air conditioning, overhead console with HomeLink® Universal Transceiver and Electronic Vehicle Information Center, front and rear aim-able LED lamps, AM/FM radio with CD player, floor console with rear power accessory outlet, and 60/40 third-row bench seat.

Seating options include leather-trimmed bucket seats, eight-way power driver’s seat with memory, heated front and second-row seats, and either bucket or fold-and-tumble second-row seats.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

First Chrysler SUV

– The “300” of SUVs comes loaded with performance, premium amenities and fuel-saving MDS technology

Styling: Elegant Chrysler styling in an SUV

– Signature Chrysler chromed grille, winged badge and sculpted hood; available 20-inch chromed wheels and eye-catching chrome accents

– Interior boasts rich wood-grain accents; available two-tone leather seats and second-row bucket seats with center console provide a first-class passenger environment

– Bigger than its full-size SUV competitors yet smaller than large SUV competitors yet offering unique benefits, Chrysler Aspen is a luxury SUV in a class all its own

Engineering: Unmatched capability and performance

– Best-in-class powertrain with 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers 335 horsepower and 370 lb.-ft. of torque

– Fuel-saving MDS standard with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, seamlessly alternates between four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand

– New 4.7-liter V-8 engine produces 303 horsepower (226 kW) and 330 lb.-ft. (447 N•m) of torque, E85-compatible; more power and torque with better fuel economy and more refinement than previous 4.7-liter V-8s

– Best-in-class towing of 8,950 lbs. and a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 6,700 lbs.

– All-wheel-drive systems feature full-time all-wheel drive and available low range

– Seating for up to eight adults, and best-in-class cargo volume behind the second-row seat

Equipment: Loaded with upscale amenities and safety features

– Available power rear liftgate, remote start, security system, heated front- and second-row seats, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, UConnect®, full-screen navigation radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System

– Standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and next-generation front air bags are standard; ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System, ParkView™ Rear Back-up Camera System, TPM and side-curtain air bags with roll sensing are also available

Value: Alternative to luxury-priced SUVs

– Vehicle alternative to competitors including the Cadillac Escalade, Lexus GX 470 and Lincoln Navigator, offering equal or better content for thousands of dollars less

MODEL LINEUP

2008 Chrysler Aspen Limited with E Package

Standard Features

– E85-compatible, 4.7-liter V-8 engine (FFV) with five-speed automatic transmission

– Roof rack side rails

– Power driver seat

– Dual manual lumbar adjustments

– Bright bodyside moldings

– AM/FM radio with single-disc CD changer, MP3 compatibility

– Driver/passenger express-up and -down power windows

– 18-inch aluminum wheels with P265/60R18 BSW tires

– Power liftgate with ParkSense Rear Park Assist System (AWD models only)

– Three-passenger 60/40 third-row seating

– Electronic Vehicle Information Center

Optional Equipment

– 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with five-speed automatic transmission

– Premium floor mats

– Heated leather-trimmed front and second-row bucket seats

– Rear entertainment system with six-disc CD changer

– Sun Sound Group – sun roof, premium audio system

– Popular Equipment Group – adjustable pedals, body-color running boards, remote start (plus power liftgate with ParkSense on two-wheel-drive models)

– Trailer Tow Package (two-wheel-drive models) – 3.92 axle ratio, Class IV receiver hitch, four- and seven-pin wiring harness, auxiliary transmission and power-steering oil coolers (plus two-speed transfer case, tow hooks, skid plates for fuel tank and transfer case with AWD models)

– MyGIG Group – 6.5-inch touch/flip screen, single CD/DVD with MP3, SIRIUS Satellite Radio

– Body-color running boards

2008 Chrysler Aspen Limited with J Package

Standard Features

In addition to standard features on the Chrysler Aspen with the E Package, the J Package adds the following:

– 6.5-inch touch/flip screen, single CD/DVD with MP3

– Premium II Audio with subwoofer

– Heated leather-trimmed front-row power bucket seats

– Automatic day/night mirrors

– Memory seats, mirrors, adjustable pedals, HVAC and radio

– Power, heated, folding driver-side auto-dimming mirrors

– Automatic temperature control

– Embroidered logo on front-seat backs

– SIRIUS Satellite Radio

– Heated first-row seats

– Running boards with body-color finish

– Premium floor mats

– Front and rear laminated glass

– Two-speed transfer case (AWD models only)

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Optional Equipment

– Heated leather-trimmed second-row bucket seats

– 6.5-inch touch/flip screen with navigation system

– Sun roof

– Popular Equipment II Group – remote start, UConnect® Hands-free Communication System, rear entertainment system

– Trailer Tow Package II – 3.92 axle ratio, Class IV receiver hitch, four- and seven-pin wiring harness, auxiliary transmission and power-steering oil coolers (plus two-speed transfer case, tow hooks, skid plates for fuel tank and transfer case with AWD models)

SAFETY AND SECURITY FEATURES

Please refer to the safety glossary for descriptions of the following available features:

– Advanced Multi-stage Air Bags

– All-speed Traction Control

– Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)

– Auto-reverse Windows

– BeltAlert

– Brake Assist

– Mineral Gray Metallic

– Steel Blue Metallic

MANUFACTURING INFORMATION

– 2008 model year production start: July 2007

– Production location: Newark Assembly Plant in Newark, Del.

– 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine: Saltillo Engine Plant in Saltillo, Mexico

– 4.7-liter V-8 engine: Mack Avenue Engine Plant 1 in Detroit

MARKET POSITION

The Chrysler Aspen is the right premium SUV at the right time. Aspen has more style, looks, technology and comfort all at a great value – the perfect package for individuals seeking a premium sport-utility vehicle. For those buyers, owners and intenders who are having second thoughts about sport utilities, the Aspen offers guilt-free indulgence.

The Aspen is not too big, possesses fuel-saving technology and has the same premium amenities and looks of luxury competitors but for thousands of dollars less.

DEMOGRAPHICS

– Gender: 55 percent male/45 percent female

– Age: 45-55

– Median Annual Household Income: $100,000

– Household: 85 percent married

MARKET ADVANTAGES

– Most affordable premium SUV – alternative to “image” competitors including the Cadillac Escalade, Lexus GX 470 and Lincoln Navigator, offering equal or better content

– Best-in-class power – 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine features 335 horsepower and 370 lb.-ft. of torque

– New 4.7-liter V-8 engine produces 303 horsepower (226 kW) and 330 lb.-ft. (447 N•m) of torque, E85 compatible; more power and torque with better fuel economy and more refinement than previous 4.7-liter V-8s

– Premium convenience and safety amenities – available power rear liftgate, remote start, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System, full-screen navigation radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, standard Electronic Stability Program, ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System and Tire Pressure Monitoring system

– Elegant Chrysler design – signature Chrysler chromed grille, winged badge and sculpted hood; available 20-inch chromed wheels and eye-catching chromed accents

– Spacious and agile – combines seating for up to eight adults, and class-leading cargo volume with the refinement, drivability and efficiency of smaller full-size SUVs

PRODUCT CHRONOLOGY

2007 Model Year

Chrysler Aspen introduced

– The “300” of SUVs comes loaded with performance, premium amenities and fuel-saving MDS technology

– Signature Chrysler chromed grille, winged badge and sculpted hood; available 20-inch chromed wheels and eye-catching chrome accents

– Interior boasts rich wood-grain accents; available two-tone leather seats and second-row bucket seats with center console provide a first-class passenger environment

– Bigger than its full-size SUV competitors yet smaller than large SUV competitors, Chrysler Aspen is a premium SUV in a class all its own

– Best-in-class powertrain with 5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers 335 horsepower and 370 lb.-ft. of torque. The 4.7-liter Magnum V-8 provides 235 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft of torque.

– Multi-displacement System (MDS) standard with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine, seamlessly alternates between four-cylinder mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand

– Best-in-class towing of 8,950 lbs. and a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 6,700 lbs.

– All-wheel-drive systems feature full-time all-wheel drive and available low range

– Seating for up to eight adults, and best-in-class cargo volume behind the second-row seat

– Available power rear liftgate, remote start, security system, heated front- and second-row seats, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, UConnect®, full-screen navigation radio and SIRIUS Satellite Radio

– Standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) and next-generation front air bags are standard; ParkSense® Rear Park Assist System, Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) and side-curtain airbags with roll sensing are also available

– Vehicle alternative to competitors including the Cadillac Escalade, Lexus GX 470 and Lincoln Navigator, offering equal or better content

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