Introducing Chrysler’s First SUV: The All-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen

Introducing Chrysler’s First SUV: The All-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen

 

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replay of the introduction of the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen
 reveal from the 2006 North American International Auto Show
in Detroit, Jan. 10, 2006
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The “300” of SUVs Comes Loaded with Performance, Premium Amenities and Fuel-saving MDS Technology

  • Elegant
    Chrysler Design — Signature Chrysler chromed grille, winged badge and
    sculpted hood; available 20-inch chromed wheels and eye-catching
    chromed accents
  • Unmatched Capability and Performance —
    5.7-liter HEMI® V-8 engine features best-in-class 335 horsepower and
    370 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Fuel-saving Multi-displacement System
    (MDS) — HEMI V-8 engine seamlessly alternates between four-cylinder
    mode when less power is needed and V-8 mode when more power is in
    demand
  • Spacious and Agile — Combines seating for up to
    eight adults and class-leading cargo volume with the refinement,
    drivability and efficiency of smaller full-size SUVs
  • Premium
    Convenience and Safety Amenities — Available power rear lift gate,
    remote start, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, full-screen
    navigation radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, standard Electronic Stability
    Program (ESP), ParkSense™ and Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) system


 

Detroit,

Jan 10, 2006
 – 

“The
all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen offers customers guilt-free indulgence,”
said Jeff Bell, Vice President – Chrysler, Chrysler Group. “Loaded with
premium features, stunning Chrysler design, fuel-saving MDS technology,
standard safety features and best-in-class horsepower, torque and
interior room, Chrysler Aspen offers more for less.”

Compared
to large SUVs, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen is more fuel-efficient
and maneuverable. Compared to full-size SUVs, Chrysler Aspen features
more interior passenger space and cargo room, coupled with unmatched
towing and hauling capability.

With a choice of two V-8
engines, including the 5.7-liter HEMI® that features Chrysler Group’s
fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS), Chrysler Aspen provides
best-in-class power and torque. For added capability, two optional 4×4
systems enable Chrysler Aspen to tackle a variety of driving
conditions.

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen offers premium
features including interior LED lighting, express-up windows, a
full-screen navigation radio, heated first- and second-row seats, and a
rear-seat DVD entertainment system. In addition, a new one-touch
lane-change feature allows the driver to quickly activate a three-blink
turn signal when changing lanes.

Advanced safety and security
features include Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Electronic Roll
Mitigation (ERM), ParkSense™, Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) system and
side-curtain air bags for all three rows.

Premium Panache: the “300” of SUVs
With
inspiration from eye-catching designs including Chrysler 300 and
Crossfire, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen exudes Chrysler brand
attributes of innovative engineering and elegance at a great value.

“With
a unique and distinctive design, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen brings
a new look to the SUV segment,” said Trevor Creed, Senior Vice
President – Design, Chrysler Group. “Encompassing design cues from
Chrysler 300 and Crossfire — including the signature chromed grille and
sculpted hood — Chrysler Aspen is an elegant, yet striking premium SUV
that is unmistakably Chrysler.”

Chrysler Aspen’s chromed
grille — the “face” of Chrysler — is signature Chrysler 300, inspired
by the memorable V-10 powered Chrysler Chronos concept car that debuted
at the North American International Auto Show in 1998. Chrysler wings
flow seamlessly into the grille header and contain the gold seal of the
brand, providing a proud and instantly recognizable design cue.

Detailed,
jewel-like headlamps complement Chrysler Aspen’s grille and flow into
the fenders, achieving a profile view of each turn signal. Combined in
the headlamp assembly is a projector low-beam lamp contained in a
unique circular lamp bezel and an inboard high-beam lamp contained in a
smaller square bezel. Completing Chrysler Aspen’s distinguished front
view is a unique, sculpted hood inspired by the Chrysler Crossfire, as
well as chromed fascia accents and fog lamps.

Chrysler Aspen’s
front and rear fenders, rear doors and rear-quarter panels feature
clean, precise angles, creating a seamless profile. Individual chromed
“CHRYSLER” lettering adorns the body side on each of the front doors.
Chromed accents on body-side moldings, door handles, side mirrors, belt
molding and roof rack, as well as available 20-inch chromed wheels, add
premium panache.

Chrysler Aspen’s rear view is clean,
functional and features unique jeweled taillamps. A chromed accent bar
featuring the Chrysler gold seal is placed above the rear license plate
and discreetly contains a latch that opens the rear liftgate.

First-class Interior
With three rows of seats, Chrysler Aspen’s interior is spacious and sophisticated.

“The
interior of the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen offers first-class travel,”
said Creed. “A warm and inviting, yet purposeful interior environment
features soft touch surfaces finished with fine materials, as well as
precise gauges and controls — details that exemplify the Chrysler
brand’s image of beauty and elegance.”

Chrysler Aspen’s
instrument panel cluster features a large, centrally located
speedometer and white-faced gauges outlined in chromed trim, providing
easy-to-read displays for fuel, oil, volt/battery, odometer and
speedometer readings. The center stack features Chrysler brand’s
signature analog clock and an available full-screen navigation radio
and temperature controls for front and rear occupants.

Available
steering wheel-mounted controls keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the
road while adjusting audio settings. An overhead console conveniently
provides switch controls for the optional sun roof, power liftgate and
universal garage door opener. In addition, an Electronic Vehicle
Information Center (EVIC) is available with the overhead console and
provides customer-programmable features, such as audio and security
settings, as well as trip computer, compass and outside temperature
data.

Designed for ease of use and added utility, Chrysler
Aspen’s center console features a large covered storage bin and
integrated cup holders. A 115-volt power inverter conveniently powers
lap-top computers, cell phones and electric coolers.

Two
interior color schemes are offered: two-tone Slate Gray or Dark Khaki
with Light Greystone. Light wood-grain trim is featured throughout the
cabin — on the center stack, steering wheel and door armrests —
complemented by chromed door handles and trim.

Chrysler
Aspen’s highly styled, supportive seats are offered in two-tone leather
or leather with suede, as well as cloth. Cloth seats feature YES
Essentials® — an easy-care, soil-repellant and anti-microbial textile
that protects seats from stains, odors and discoloration.

Unmatched Capability and Performance
The
all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen provides best-in-class horsepower and
torque with the towing and hauling capability of a large SUV and the
fuel efficiency of smaller full-size SUVs.

“With the most
powerful engine in its class — the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 — the all-new
2007 Chrysler Aspen delivers unrivaled capability and performance with
fuel-saving MDS technology,” said Mike Donoughe, Vice President –
Body-on-frame Product Team, Chrysler Group. “Impressive off-the-line
acceleration combined with enough torque to tow 8,950 lbs., Chrysler
Aspen is a premium SUV where beauty is backed with brawn.”

The
optional 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine — featuring Chrysler Group’s
fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) — delivers best-in-class
335 horsepower and 370 lb.-ft. of torque. Without compromising
performance, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen’s HEMI V-8 engine
seamlessly alternates between four-cylinder mode when less power is
needed and V-8 mode when more power is in demand.

Chrysler
Aspen’s standard powertrain is the 235-horsepower 4.7-liter Magnum V-8
engine with 300 lb.-ft. of torque, providing smooth and responsive
performance. Both the 4.7-liter and 5.7-liter V-8 engines are mated to
a five-speed automatic transmission.

When towing, Chrysler
Aspen’s “Tow/Haul” transmission provides crisp shifts and reduces gear
searching by holding the lower gear longer. The system will also select
a lower gear under downhill conditions in order to utilize the engine’s
braking capability.

Spacious and Versatile
With
multiple seating and cargo configurations, the all-new 2007 Chrysler
Aspen achieves significant occupant flexibility. Second- and third-row
seats feature ample leg, shoulder and hip room and conveniently fold
flat.

Chrysler Aspen is available with a second-row 40/20/40
split bench seat or second-row heated bucket seats, each providing
11-degree reclining seat backs. Second-row bucket seats include a
center console with dual cup holders, covered storage area and
adjustable air outlets.

A flip-down, roof-mounted DVD screen
is available for rear-seat occupants and a theater-style surround-sound
audio system comes complete with eight Infinity® speakers. An available
power rear liftgate opens with the touch of a button to provide easy
loading and unloading of gear. In addition, rear doors open 84 degrees
to provide passengers with easy entry and exit.

With
best-in-class cargo capacity, offering 68.4 cu. ft. of cargo room with
the third-row seats folded — the most common configuration of three-row
seat SUVs — Chrysler Aspen easily surpasses other full-size SUVs.

Smooth and Agile
Chrysler
Aspen features a smooth and quiet ride, with precise handling —
benefits of a torsionally stiff, hydroformed frame and independent
front suspension with rack-and-pinion steering. Suspension and steering
are finely tuned to deliver superior ride and steering feel, courtesy
of consistent frame dynamics.

“The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen
provides exceptional handling that sets a new standard for SUVs,” said
Donoughe. “From twisting, winding roads to narrow city streets to dirt
or snow-covered trails, Chrysler Aspen provides sure-footed grip and
responsiveness. And with a 39.9-ft. turn circle, Chrysler Aspen is
easily maneuverable in tight situations.”

Adding to Chrysler
Aspen’s confident and highly capable driving experience is a unique
rear suspension with coil springs and a solid rear axle that delivers
durability, substantial payload and best-in-class towing capability. A
Watt linkage system is fitted to the rear axle, centering the axle and
reducing rear-end skate over rough surfaces. The rear suspension
supports a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 6,700 lbs. and towing
capacity of 8,950 lbs.

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen offers
two all-wheel-drive electronic-shift transfer cases. A single-speed
transfer case is standard with 4×4 models that feature the 4.7-liter
V-8 engine. The single-speed transfer case provides all-wheel drive
(AWD) and four-wheel-drive “high” operating modes.

A two-speed
transfer case is standard with 4×4 models that feature the 5.7-liter
HEMI V-8 engine. Chrysler Aspen’s two-speed transfer case features an
all-wheel-drive (AWD) mode and four-wheel-drive “high” and “low” modes.
Both transfer cases feature a 48/52 torque split between front and rear
axles when AWD mode is selected.

Advanced Safety and Security Features
With
a robust frame and a bumper height compatible with passenger cars,
Chrysler Aspen exceeds government and industry safety requirements.

Chrysler
Aspen provides innovative tapered octagonal front frame rail tips and
advanced multi-stage air bag protection. The vehicle is also equipped
with standard side-curtain air bags that cover all three rows of
seating, including a roll-sensing feature that uses sensors to keep
side-curtain air bags deployed longer in rollovers.

Following are available safety and security features in the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen:

  • Advanced
    Multi-stage Air Bag System: Low-risk deployment air bag utilizes unique
    shape, venting, folding patterns and advanced inflators to position and
    inflate the restraint properly for a belted passenger
  • Anti-lock-braking
    System: Electronic sensors help prevent wheel lockup. The ABS system
    offers improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery
    conditions
  • Brake Assist: The vehicle senses a panic brake
    condition and applies maximum braking power, providing the shortest
    possible stopping distance
  • Child Seat Anchor System: Lower
    Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) make it easier to install
    compatible aftermarket child seats in second-row seats
  • Constant
    Force Retractors (CFR): A mechanical device in front seat belts is
    designed to mitigate force based on the load or force exerted on it.
    CFRs are engineered to force-limit the belt system and gradually
    release seat belt webbing in a controlled manner during a severe impact

  • Energy-absorbing Steering Column: Manual-adjust telescoping
    steering column includes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that move
    relative to each other, which allows the column to move forward and
    provide more energy absorption during an impact
  • Electronic
    Roll Mitigation (ERM): A system that observes and monitors the vehicle
    roll attitude and lateral force to estimate the potential for a
    rollover situation. If necessary, the engine torque is reduced and a
    short burst of full braking is applied to the appropriate wheel to help
    stabilize the vehicle attitude and reduce the vehicle’s lateral force
  • Electronic
    Stability Program (ESP): ESP aids the driver in maintaining vehicle
    directional stability, providing oversteer and understeer control to
    maintain vehicle behavior on various road surfaces. This feature has
    three settings, allowing the driver more control over the vehicle
    during spirited driving
  • ParkSense™ Rear Back-up Detection
    System: Assists when driving at low speeds in reverse to detect
    stationary objects. This system consists of visible (lights when the
    driver looks at the inside rearview mirror) and audible warnings
  • Pretensioners:
    During a collision, impact sensors initiate front seat belt
    pretensioners to immediately remove slack from seat belts, which
    reduces the forward movement of an occupant’s head and torso
  • Side-curtain Air Bags: Standard side-curtain air bags extend protection to all three rows of seats
  • Side-impact
    Door Beams: Door beams are made of high-strength steel mounted in the
    vehicle’s doors to help prevent intrusion into the passenger
    compartment
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring (TPM) System: This
    advanced system monitors tire pressure and alerts the driver to
    improper tire pressure conditions. Low pressure on any tire prompts an
    amber warning indicator in the instrument cluster

Manufactured at Chrysler Group’s Newark (Delaware) Assembly Plant, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen will be available in Chrysler dealerships in the fall of 2006.

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