AUBURN HILLS, MI --- Official EPA fuel economy numbers for the 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid are 20 city and 22 highway, achieving best-in-class fuel economy ratings for a full-size 4x4 SUV.

Chrysler LLC's first production hybrids are coupled with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with fuel-saving Multi-Displacement System (MDS) technology. Total output, when combined with the advanced two-mode hybrid system, is 400 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. 

The Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid are priced nearly $8,000 below the competition, Chrysler said. Additionally, customers can expect a tax credit of up to $2,200.

"Our new 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrids deliver best-in-class fuel economy of up to 22 miles per gallon -- an improvement of more than 53 percent in the city and 40 percent overall," said Frank Klegon, executive vice president of product development for Chrysler LLC. "This unique combination of value, fuel economy, performance and capability gives SUV owners a no-compromise hybrid alternative."  

The 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrids are built at the Newark Assembly Plant in Delaware. The new 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrids arrive in showrooms this year.

Originally posted on Green Fleet Magazine

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