Chrysler Aspen Hybrid
Chrysler is promoting
the Aspen Hybrid into the tough SUV market where its design
engineers are optimistic that the car can eat up a good
market share. The Aspen Hybrid system is designed to improve
fuel economy by around 25-percent and better mileage for
city driving by as much as 40-percent.
Chrysler is concentrating
its efforts to boost its mpg rating that could provide
the needed push and entice buyers to once again embrace
SUVs in lieu of its proven roadworthiness, driving safety
and top of the line amenities.
The 2009 model year could be the banner year for DaimlerChrysler
with its Aspen Hybrid hitting the showrooms by then to come
in contact with buyers. The Aspen Hybrid is a gas-electric hybrid
combination. A version of the Chrysler two-mode system, the
Aspen utilizes the company designed 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine
like the Dodge
Durango Hybrid and two sets of electric motors.
The engine is activated through an efficient multi-displacement
system (MDS) to shut off half of the cylinders when coasting
in order to reduce fuel consumption. Also, as a dual-mode hybrid,
the Aspen Hybrid can run via the gasoline engine, the electric
motor or both depending on road condition.
Aspen's transmission is a breakthrough in design and performance.
It is a low - high speed, continuously variable system (thus
the dual-mode configuration) and runs on a four fixed gear ratio.
The electric motor and Hemi engine combined provides full-power,
particularly when trekking steep hills or whenever full-speed
is required. The electric motor alone brings the Aspen to a
speed of 25 mph to cover a total distance of 2 miles or enough
power to crawl from one stop to the next. When shifting from
economy to performance, the only telltale sign is the engine
thump as it whirrs and comes to life.
The two-mode powertrain used extensively by the Chrysler Group
is jointly developed by DaimlerChrysler, General Motors and
the BMW Group and is a major automotive industry contribution,
due in part to the precise integration of a combined electric
motors and four-gear fixed ratio transmission system. Referred
to as two-mode hybrid - the low and high-speed electric continuously
variable transmission (ECVT), delivers sophisticated fuel savings,
high efficiency and superb handling capabilities in a variety
of different vehicle applications.
Chrysler has taken the necessary steps to improve styling and
make the Aspen a truly remarkable SUV. With its unsurpassed
capability, road performance and abundant sophisticated amenities,
this is a worthwhile alternative to luxury-priced competitors.
The Aspen Hybrid comes outfitted with numerous premium features,
which includes the sleek and elegant Chrysler design, 30 safety
features and the best in its class 335 horsepower and a torque
of 375 lbs. and a luxurious interior.