May 1, 2007

Chrysler Group announces hybrid Durango and Aspen SUVs

Auburn Hills, Michigan – The Chrysler Group has announced it will offer the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs with the company’s all-new 5.7-litre Hemi Hybrid powertrain, debuting in 2008. They will be the company’s first volume-production hybrid offerings and the first vehicles to feature DaimlerChrysler’s advanced two-mode hybrid technology.

The Hemi Hybrid is expected to deliver an overall fuel economy improvement of more than 25 per cent, including an improvement of nearly 40 per cent in the city. The 5.7-litre V8 will continue to use the multi-displacement system (MDS), which seamlessly alternates between four- and eight-cylinder mode, depending on power requirements.

The new models will feature an electrically-variable transmission with two electric motors, two full hybrid modes of operation, and four fixed mechanical gear ratios. The two-mode system, jointly developed by DaimlerChrysler, General Motors and the BMW Group, can be powered by either the electric motors or the gasoline V8 engine, or a combination of the two.

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