Chrysler exec Frank Klegon, who spoke with The Detroit News, described the Hemi-powered Chrysler Aspen Hybrid as the “ultimate combination of fuel efficiency, overall performance and capability in a premium full-size SUV.” The eco-friendly SUV will feature a fuel-saving multi-displacement system that can shut down four of the engine’s eight cylinders during low load conditions.
The hybrid system used in the Aspen and Durango is the latest Two-Mode version co-developed with General Motors and BMW, and pairs an electric motor with the V8 engine. Under minimal load, the SUVs can run on electric power alone and can then switch to employ both power sources during heavy demand. We wouldn't be surprised if Chrysler's 300C sedan also picks up the hybrid option with its own V8 Hemi powerplant in the near future.
GM is expected to follow-up with its own hybrid SUV, the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid due early next year.