The Chrysler Aspen is a 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.
It is 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 CAFE fuel economy standards. With this introduction, as of 2006, all American automobile brands have an SUV in their range. 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.
The Aspen comes in one series, the Limited, with several equipment packages available to customize the vehicle to one's individual tastes. Only a few standalone options are offered, in keeping with the Aspen's market positioning as an upscale SUV.
There are three engines available, a flex-fuel 4.7 L V8 (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 5.7 L Hemi V8 with MDS.
A hybrid version of the Aspen will be introduced for 2009. It features the Hemi engine with MDS as well as the new Two-Mode Hybrid system developed with General Motors and BMW. Reports by Chrysler indicate 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.