Chrysler’s first hybrid models, the Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs, are about to go on sale but they could soon be followed by even more petrol-electric models in many different segments. The technology could quickly and easily be adapted to more models and is likely to filter into Chrysler’s RWD sedan range next.

"These are our first hybrids, but they are not going to be our last," Michael Berube, a senior manager for Chrysler brand marketing, told reporters from The Detroit News this week. "In the future, hybrid and another fuel-saving technology will come in all sizes, shapes and colors."

These latest comments reflect previous claims from Chrysler President Jim Press, who back in March revealed his desire to make every model available with a hybrid option.

Next year will see the launch of a hybrid version of the Dodge Ram pickup truck but after that the hybrid system will likely filter across to the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans. The two-mode hybrid system, developed jointly with GM, BMW and Daimler, is designed primarily for RWD models but Chrysler’s hybrid powertrain chief engineer, Glenn Denomme, says the technology could easily be adapted to FWD models as well.