Give me an "H"! Give me another "H"! What's that spell? Hemi hybrid.
Chrysler is bringing the H's together in the Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs. Hybrid versions of the two vehicles will debut this week at the Los Angeles auto show. They will use the Two Mode hybrid technology Chrysler is sharing with Daimler, BMW and General Motors.
Also at the show GM is expected to make an announcement regarding technologies for improving fuel economy.
The Chrysler and Dodge SUVs, powered by a 5.4-liter Hemi, will be the first fruits of Chrysler's Two Mode hybrid collaboration. They will be Chrysler versions of what some call "muscle hybrids" — powerful V-8 engines attached to hybrid transmissions to improve fuel economy. The Two Mode hybrid will work with the cylinder displacement system already used on the Hemi.
Chrysler says the hybrid versions will get 25 percent better gas mileage overall than nonhybrid versions of the same vehicles and 40 percent better gas mileage in the city.
The SUVs will be assembled at Chrysler's Newark, Del., plant. The company has not released horsepower or other specifications.