The rolling anachronism continues in its present direction… Right off the end of a cliff. [xfloat=right]http://www.cleanmpg.com/photos/data/501/2008_Chrysler_Aspen_Hybrid.jpg[/xfloat]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - June 18, 2008 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid – Official FE data as yet to be released but expect a 20/19 mpg City/Highway EPA rating. Auburn Hills, Mi. - Chrysler released final pricing for the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen 4x4 hybrid electric SUV’s at $45,340 and $45,570 respectively. “The new 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid deliver fuel economy up to 20 miles per gallon—a 40 percent improvement in the city and 25 percent overall—best-in-class cargo room, and are priced nearly $8,000 below the competition,” said Deborah Meyer, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer – Chrysler LLC. The 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango Hybrid are coupled with Chrysler’s powerful but inefficient 5.7-liter V-8 engine. Total output, when combined with the advanced two-mode hybrid system, is 385 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. In hybrid form, the HEMI continues to employ Chrysler’s fuel-saving MDS technology, which allows the engine to alternate between four and eight cylinder operation depending on power requirements at a given moment. The GM designed two-mode system provides assistance from two electric motors, allowing the V8 to remain in four-cylinder mode more often than without the hybrid powertrain, improving overall fuel economy. Overview Chrysler and Dodge SUVs boast 40 percent fuel economy improvement in city 25 percent overall fuel economy improvement Customers to save hundreds of gallons of gas per year Full-size SUVs deliver rare blend of fuel economy, utility, capability and performance Customers eligible to receive an estimated tax credit of $1,800 Our take? Given the tripling of fuel costs over the past few years and collapse of the SUV market as a whole, Chrysler missed the mark by a mile. Expect to see these hybrids discounted a few months after intial release just as all other SUV’s are being discounted to move them off dealerships lots.