Chrysler to offer more hybrids, Dodge Avenger and Journey may be next

Chrysler will be launching its first hybrids later this year with the 2009 Chrysler Aspen and the Dodge Durango HEMI SUVs. Odd time to go hybrid with large-SUVs but we doubt Chrysler saw this rise in gas-prices coming.

Nonetheless the company is already exploring the possibility of expanding its hybrid offerings into other vehicles. According to Mike Accavitti, Dodge Brand director, Chrysler’s engineers are looking on what car will go hybrid next and are focusing resources on the lineup the company has now.

So what will go hybrid next in Chrysler portfolio? Think along the lines of the Dodge Journey SUV and a hybrid version of the Dodge Avenger midsize sedan.

The Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango hybrids are powered by a 5.7 liter HEMI hybrid that Chrysler says improves fuel-economy by 25%.

As reported yesterday Chrysler also has plans to offer a Dodge Ram hybrid in early 2010.

Source: Free Press