With gas prices expected to hit $4 a gallon by the peak of the summer driving season, more people are investigating hybrid options. If you are interested in a hybrid, you don’t have to cram yourself into a tiny Toyota Prius. Several manufacturers are introducing hybrid versions of coupes, sedans and even SUVs. The 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid will hit the street in early summer, just in time to take advantage of the predicted gas price spike.
The new 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid will have a two mode gas/electric hybrid power system that will reduce emissions to save the environment and improve gas mileage to save your budget. The new system will feature the electrically continuously variable transmission that will be joined with a 5.7 liter V8 Hemi engine.
While that sounds far from fuel efficient, the ECVT features two electric motors and also has four fixed gears. One of the electric motors will help power the Chrysler Aspen at lower speeds and the second electric motor will move the Aspen while cruising along at highway speeds. The V8 Hemi will also feature the Multi-Displacement System to shut down half the engine’s cylinders when cruising speeds are reached. All of these features will make a positive impact on fuel economy. With light pressure on the throttle, the 2009 Chrysler Apsen will be able to reach speeds of 30 miles per hour without relying on the gas reserve engine. Fast acceleration will engage the gas engine and will harm fuel economy.
The 2009 Chrysler Apsen Hybrid will have 40 per cent better gas mileage than the gas powered cousin in city driving and highway drivers will see an improvement of 25 per cent. The gas powered Aspen gets 13 miles to the gallon in the city and 18 on the highway. By comparison, the 2009 Chrysler Apsen Hybrid has a gas mileage rating of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 19 miles per gallon on the highway.
Like other hybrid SUVs, the 300 volt battery pack rests under the second row seats. The electric motor will be powered by the battery pack, which will be recharged by the regenerative braking system. The battery pack will also be able to power the radio, the air conditioning system and the interior lights.
On the dashboard, drivers will be able to look at the power gauge and know that they are driving in the Economy Zone to conserve fuel. There are no exterior changes planned for the2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid. It will share the same design and trim as the gas powered Aspen.
As is standard with hybrid powered SUVs the towing rating is significantly lower than a gas powered SUV. The hybrid Aspen is rated to tow up to 6000 pounds, the standard gas powered Aspen’s tow rating of 8700 pounds.
The 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid marks the first time the upscale Aspen has been offered in anything other than the Limited trim package, which features front bucket seats and a 60/40 split bench back seat. The 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid is expected to sell for around $45,000.