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Chrysler Aspen
Chrysler 012
Manufacturer Chrysler (2007–2009)
Production 2006–2009
Assembly Newark, Delaware, United States
Class Full-size SUV
Body style(s) 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Engine(s) 4.7 L (287 cu in) PowerTech V8
5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8
Transmission(s) 5-speed 545RFE automatic
Wheelbase 119.2 in (3,028 mm)
Length 200.8 in (5,100 mm)
Hybrid: 202.1 in (5,133 mm)
Width 76.0 in (1,930 mm)
Height 74.3 in (1,887 mm)
Hybrid: 73.6 in (1,869 mm)
Related Dodge Durango

The Chrysler Aspen is a full-size 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.

Features Edit

The Aspen was 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 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (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 came in one series, the Limited, with several optional equipment packages to customize the vehicle. Only a few standalone options are offered.

The Aspen had three engines available, a flex-fuel 4,701 cc (4.7 L/286.9 cu in) V8 engine (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), and the 5,654 cc (5.7 L/345.0 cu in) Chrysler Hemi V8 with MDS.[3]

HybridEdit

A hybrid version of the Aspen was introduced for the 2009 model year.[4] It had the 340 hp (254 kW) 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi engine with MDS, as well as the new Two-Mode Hybrid system developed with General Motors and BMW. Reports by Chrysler[5] indicated 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]

Total U.S. salesEdit

Calendar Year Sales
2007[7] 28,788
2008[8] 22,254
2009[9] 5,996

DiscontinuationEdit

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. [10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. McLane, Jenny (2006). "Chrysler Aspen Boasting the Chrysler Design". Retrieved on 2008-04-27. “As per the Chrysler Aspen’s introduction, all American automobile brands have a SUV under their wings.”
  2. 2008 Chrysler Aspen - Driving Dynamics - Drivetrain
  3. "Draft 1" (PDF). Retrieved on 2009-09-26.
  4. "2009 Aspen HEMI Hybrid - SUV, Sport Utility Vehicle, Hybrid". Chrysler. Retrieved on 2010-09-03.
  5. Chrysler - 2009 Aspen HEMI Hybrid - Benefits
  6. Ross, Jeffrey N. (2008-06-17). "Chrysler announces starting MSRP for 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid". Autotropolis.com. Retrieved on 2008-06-17.
  7. "Total Chrysler LLC December 2007 Sales Up 1 Percent on the Strength of Retail". CheersandGears.com (2008-01-03). Retrieved on 2009-01-05.
  8. "December 2008 Sales: Chrysler LLC". CheersandGears.com (2009-01-05). Retrieved on 2009-01-05.
  9. "Chrysler Group LLC December 2009 Sales". CheersandGears.com (2010-01-05). Retrieved on 2010-01-05.
  10. "Edmunds Insideline: Chrysler Kills Durango and Aspen Hybrids". Edmunds.com (2008-10-23). Retrieved on 2010-09-03.

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