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Chrysler Aspen
2008 Chrysler Aspen
Automotive industryChrysler (2008-2009)
DaimlerChrysler (2007)
Model year2007–2009
AssemblyNewark, Delaware, United States
Car classificationFull-size SUV
Car body style4-door SUV
Automobile layoutFront-engine design, Rear-wheel drive / Four-wheel drive
Internal combustion engine4.7 L (287 cu in) PowerTech V8
5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8
Transmission (mechanics)5-speed Chrysler 45RFE transmission Automatic transmission
Wheelbase119.2 in (3028 mm)
Length200.8 in (5100 mm)
Hybrid: 202.1 in (5133 mm)
Width76.0 in (1930 mm)
Height74.3 in (1887 mm)
Hybrid: 73.6 in (1869 mm)
RelatedDodge Durango

The Chrysler Aspen is a Sport utility vehicle from Chrysler. Launched for the 2007 model year, the Aspen is essentially a rebranded Dodge Durango SUV. The Aspen name was previously used by Dodge (on a twin of the Plymouth Volaré) from 1976 to 1980.

It is the first truck-based Sport Utility Vehicle commercialized under the Chrysler brand, although the PT Cruiser was the first truck-based Chrysler brand vehicle in terms of CAFE fuel economy standards. With this introduction, as of 2006, all American automobile brands have an SUV in their range.[1] The car was unveiled at the 2006 North American International Auto Show. The Aspen also comes equipped with three rows of seating for 8 passengers and All-wheel drive.[2]

The Aspen comes in one series, the Limited, with several equipment packages available to customize the vehicle to one's individual tastes. Only a few standalone options are offered, in keeping with the Aspen's market positioning as an upscale SUV[who?].

There are three engines available, a flex-fuel 4.7 L (4701 cc, 287 cu in) V8 (capable of running on E85 or gasoline in states where E85 ethanol is legal under emission standards), a gasoline 4.7 L V8 (for California and other states where the E85 4.7 L V8 will not meet emissions requirements)[citation needed], and the 5.7 L (5654 cc, 345 cu in) Hemi V8 with MDS.[3]

Hybrid


A Hybrid vehicle version of the Aspen was introduced for 2009[4]. It features the 340 hp (254 kW) 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi Internal combustion engine with MDS as well as the new Two-Mode Hybrid system developed with General Motors and BMW. Reports by Chrysler[5] indicate a 25% gain in highway fuel economy and a 40% gain in the city.

Chrysler announced that the 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid would have a starting MSRP of $45,570. [6]

Discontinuation


On October 23, 2008, Chrysler announced that the shutdown of the Newark Assembly facility producing the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen would be moved up to the end of 2008, effectively ending production of the Aspen and Aspen Hybrid for the 2009 model year. Production ceased on December 19, 2008. [7]


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