Glenn Denomme, chief engineer, hybrid powertrain programs explain the difference between a straight hybrid and a two-mode hybrid
Combine the advanced technology with a proven transmission that optimizes city and highway driving.
Of course, you can’t have advanced technology without new anagrams and new technology words, such as EVT, controls, power electronics, regen braking, NiMH battery, auto stop, silent mode, electric mode.
Denomme explains how it all works while integrating a HEMI with MDS, another fuel saver.
But what is the difference between the gasoline version, and the hybrid version when you compare apples to apples? The only way you can do that is to compare the 2009 Chrysler Aspen 5.7 liter 4X4 J-package with NAV against the Chrysler Aspen hybrid.
When you do that there is a $3,550 difference, but the gas mileage (see below) of the hybrid is 5 miles per gallon better.
You can only compare E85 to gasoline with a 4.7-liter engine, as E85 only comes in the 4.7-liter engine.
(Comparable gas price Limited 4X4 J-package with NAV)
(According to Chrysler: The manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) for the new 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI® Hybrid is $45,340, including $800 for the destination. Additionally, customers are expected to receive an estimated tax credit of $1,800 for either the Chrysler Aspen or Dodge Durango)
8,750 lbs (5.7-liter)
horsepower: 5.7-LITER HEMI MAGNUM, OHV, V-8 with MDS
Total Output: 335 hp @ 5650 rpm Torque: 370 @ 4200
5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with MDS
Total output, when combined with the advanced two-mode hybrid system, is 385 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque.
V8 with five-speed automatic transmission
Total Output: 303 hp (226 kW) @ 5650 rpm Torque (estimated SAE net) 330 lb.-ft. (447 N¢m) @ 3950 rpm