Despite the greater weight, the efficiency gains for the Hybrid model look impressive, with the fuel economy estimate for the 4WD Hybrid models at a tentative 18 city, 19 highway. Just looking at the posted numbers, that places the Hybrid's improvements at nearly 40 percent in the city and about five percent on the highway versus the HEMI model. Currently the Aspen and Durango 4WD are rated 13/18 when equipped with the HEMI V-8, which already includes the MDS system, and the V-6 model, with rear-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic, gets 14 city, 19 highway.
“Combined with Chrysler's Multi-displacement System (MDS), our advanced two-mode hybrid technology immediately delivers a more than 25-percent fuel economy improvement to our full-size SUVs — and up to a 40-percent improvement in the city,” said Frank Klegon, Chrysler's product development chief, in a company release that accompanied the announcement.
Chrysler had previously been criticized for cutting a previous
The new Hybrid models will begin arriving at showrooms next summer.
2007 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (11/9/2007)
Mustang Bullitt, Lincoln MKS, Durango Hybrid and Genesis coupe.
2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Preview by Bengt Halvorson (11/11/2007)
A little more bite for those who just can't get enough.
2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid Preview by Marty Padgett (11/13/2007)
Two modes and 21 mpg city for GM’s big ute.