While Chrysler’s Aspen continues to build popularity among those consumers still interested in luxury SUVs despite the increasing price of fuel, the overall segment continues to slump. Chrysler’s answer is to add a dual-mode hybrid gas-electric drive system to the Durango’s refined cousin.
The new drivetrain continues to use the revived HEMI which is only turned on when needed. With light throttle the Aspen Hybrid can run on electric power alone up to approximately 30 mph under ideal conditions, which most likely represents the majority of driving most city dwellers are likely to do on a daily basis. In addition, the HEMI can operate on either four or eight cylinders which allows for greater fuel efficiency when there isn’t demand for all of the HEMI’s 385 horsepower.
The Aspen Hybrid utilizes a 300-volt battery pack which is located under the second row seats. That’s enough juice to handle cruising city streets under electric power alone. Fuel economy should climb to 18 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway over the standard 13/18. Considering that the Aspen Hybrid is only being offered with Chrysler’s AWD system, that’s extremely impressive.
The Aspen Hybrid still has plenty of hustle and muscle for such a large vehicle, and handling is responsive for a LSUV. Chrysler’s regenerative braking is more than up to the task of slowing the Aspen to a stop as well as providing a little extra recharge. For approximately $45,000 the Aspen Hybrid is an exceptionally attractive hybrid LSUV.
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