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Chrysler prices new hybrids thousands below rivals

 

Chrysler prices new hybrids thousands below rivals

Chrysler prices new hybrids thousands below rivals

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Chrysler today revealed pricing for its new HEMI-powered hybrid SUVs, also boasting that its new prices will undercut the competition by as much as $8,000 on some models. The sticker price for a new 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid (pictured) is $45,340, including $800 for destination, while the price of the 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid is $45,570, including $800 for destination. However, customers are expected to receive an estimated tax credit of $1,800.

GM's comparable Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid, meanwhile, starts at $50,490 and its GMC Yukon starts at $50,945. Both the Chrysler and GM models use the same two-mode hybrid system developed in a partnership along with Germany’s Daimler and BMW.



The two hybrid SUVs are Chrysler’s first entries in the hybrid market and offer a 25% improvement in mileage compared with the regular petrol versions. The vehicles are still fully capable of towing up to 6,000lbs but are expected to save hundreds of gallons of fuel per year for the average motorist.

Both models feature a 5.7L HEMI V8 with cylinder-deactivation technology and develop a peak output of 385hp (287kW) and 380lb-ft (515Nm) of torque when coupled to the advanced two-mode hybrid system.

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  1. wow... i know chrysler is no caddy... but when it comes to taking a hybrid aspen over a hybrid escalade... 15 grand is more than enough to sway me.
     
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  2. The only thing that would worry me is the complexity of these systems, especially towing a big trailer...
    Towing (esp. in heat) is hard enough on a big beefy transmission with 4 simple gears and an overdrive lockout. I just can't imagine how the transmission in these hybrids, with their many extra gears, input and output shafts, etc etc will fare under real world conditions. But I guess time will tell.
     
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  3. "25% improvement in mileage compared to the regular versions" doesn't sound like a real number I can use to compare/contrast with other cars' figures. Does anybody know how many miles to the galon does the hybrid Aspen make? If the number is less than 20mpg, CAFE restrictions apart, Chrysler better saves the money and does something better with it. I suspect that many people with $45,570 in their pocket ready to buy a car today will rather expend $22,785 in two cars that can make 50mpg and get the tax credit gor two cars; and with the money saved, I could rent a AWD extended cabin truck for when I need to go to the countryside or pull a boat on a weekend
     
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