The Chrysler Aspen, produced only from 2007 to 2009, was Chrysler's first attempt at a full-size SUV. Derived from the Dodge Durango, the Aspen sought to offer a luxury SUV experience in a market that was rapidly shifting towards these larger vehicles.
The Chrysler Aspen was available with two engine choices. The base engine was a 4.7-liter V8 that produced 303 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. For those seeking more power, there was an option for a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that produced 376 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. The latter engine also featured Multi-Displacement System (MDS) technology for improved fuel efficiency by deactivating four cylinders when not required.
Both engines were paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive was standard, with four-wheel drive as an option.
The Aspen was clearly aimed at the luxury market, with chrome accents and 18-inch alloy wheels highlighting its exterior. Inside, it could accommodate up to eight passengers and was decked out with wood-grain accents and leather upholstery. Read more
Standard features included power front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, a CD stereo with an auxiliary input, and power-adjustable pedals. Options included rear parking sensors, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, remote start, and a sunroof.
Safety features included anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and side curtain airbags.
The Aspen's sales never reached the levels Chrysler hoped for. The SUV segment was crowded, and many consumers favored more established competitors or were moving towards more fuel-efficient vehicles due to rising gas prices. The Aspen's production was discontinued in 2009, just two years after its debut.