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Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 22, 2006 - Boasting elegant Chrysler styling, unsurpassed capability and performance, and abundant premium amenities, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen is the latest addition to the Chrysler brand showroom — a premium SUV that is a value alternative to luxury-priced competitors.

“The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen offers customers an elegant and sophisticated premium SUV for thousands less than luxury-priced competitors,” said George Murphy, Senior Vice President – Global Brand Marketing, Chrysler Group. “Loaded with premium features, stunning Chrysler design, fuel-saving MDS technology, 30 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.

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen offers premium features including interior LED lighting, express-up front 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 4.7-liter and 5.7-liter V-8 engines are mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

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 hip room, legroom and shoulder room, and conveniently fold flat.

Chrysler Aspen is available with a second-row 40/20/40 split bench seat or second-row 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 offers two all-wheel-drive electric-shift transfer cases. A single-speed transfer case is standard with 4x4 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 4x4 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.

With a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 6,700 lbs. and towing capacity of 8,950 lbs., 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.

Chrysler Showroom Expands

On the heels of the award-winning Chrysler 300, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen effectively expands the Chrysler brand’s head-turning lineup. Inside the Chrysler showroom, Chrysler Aspen will complement the Pacifica and Town & Country, and will further establish Chrysler as the best source for a family vehicle.

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

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Design

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen design encompasses eye-catching flash, with the refined elegance of a luxury SUV, all at a great value. Modern and premium amenities, combined with superior performance and functionality, merge with expressive Chrysler styling to create the brand’s first SUV.

“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 accentuate 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. Softly flared fenders provide a subtle, yet competently sophisticated look, while individual chromed “CHRYSLER” lettering adorns the body side on each of the front doors. Chromed accents on body-side moldings, door handles, side mirrors, beltline 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 taillamps. A chromed accent bar featuring the Chrysler gold seal is placed above the license plate and discretely contains a latch to open the rear liftgate.

First-class Interior

From bright brushed silver and woodgrain accents on the steering wheel, instrument panel, center console, and door trim panels to leather bucket seats with suede inserts, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen provides an inviting and sophisticated interior environment.

“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. 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 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.

Available power adjustable pedals allow drivers to establish a comfortable position relative to both steering wheel and pedals.

Spacious and Versatile

With multiple seating and cargo configurations, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen achieves significant occupant flexibility. The second- and third-row seats feature ample hip room, legroom and shoulder 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.

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.

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Engineering

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen is engineered to deliver a confident, powerful, refined and highly capable driving experience, providing a new level of ride quality in the full-size SUV market. Power is delivered with efficiency, the ride is plush yet controlled, steering is crisp and direct, braking is strong and assured, and the cabin features best-in-class refinement.

“We combined a superior suspension configuration with best-in-class power and capability to make the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen a unique offering in the luxury SUV market,” said Mike Donoughe, Vice President – Body-on-frame Product Team, Chrysler Group. “Adding to the formula, Chrysler Group’s fuel-saving Multi-displacement System (MDS) and flexible fuel technology provide Chrysler Aspen owners V-8 power with the fuel efficiency of smaller full-size SUVs.”

Best-in-class Power With Fuel-saving Technology

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 Donoughe. “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 a smooth and responsive performance. Featuring standard E85-compatibility, the 4.7-liter V-8 engine earns the Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) designation that provides customers the option of operating Aspen on ethanol, gasoline or a mixture of the two.

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.

Best-in-class Refinement

Providing customers best-in-class refinement — a significant contributor to overall ride comfort — is a result of extensive body-mount tuning and sound-deadening techniques.

New air induction systems incorporated with Chrysler Aspen’s two V-8 engines, as well as uniquely tuned resonators, reduce engine sound in the cabin by an average of four decibels across the entire engine speed range. In addition, Pre-loaded Elastomeric Bushings (PLEBs) located on front powertrain mounts isolate engine vibration from the frame.

PUR® (expandable polyurethane) foam is injected into 12 different locations on the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen in order to reduce road and wind noise in the cabin. Sealing of body seams, door handles, outside mirrors, windows and doors also significantly reduces wind noise, creating a refined and relaxing interior environment.

Chrysler Aspen’s thick laminated windshield, combined with Polymer Constrained Layer (PCL) on the dash panel, provides a high level of sound dampening. In addition, tunnel and hood silencers, and liners in rear cargo bins reduce low-frequency noise from entering the cabin.

Solid Foundation

The foundation of the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen is a fully-boxed, hydroformed frame that provides robust stiffness and strength. The frame provides a stable platform to base suspension tuning and drivetrain refinement, and provides optimum performance during frontal, offset and rear-impact events.

Hydroformed front and rear sections and a roll-formed center rail provide significant stiffness and dimensional control. Chrysler Aspen’s frame is constructed from fully enclosed section rails, where front and rear rails are hydroformed, providing increased strength. Center-rail sections are roll-formed from high-strength steel.

A significant safety feature of the Chrysler Aspen frame is the octagonal front rail tips. These octagonal crush tubes feature indentations that initiate the tubes to collapse rearward in a controlled manner during a frontal or offset front impact.

Chrysler Aspen offers a Skid Plate Group — consisting of fuel tank and transfer case skid plates and two front tow hooks — with four-wheel-drive models.

Optimized Suspension

Chrysler Aspen features a smooth, quiet and precise driving experience — benefits of an independent front suspension and Watt linkage rear suspension that is finely tuned to deliver superior ride, handling and towing performance.

“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.”

Chrysler Aspen two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models share a common torsion bar, double wishbone independent front suspension that offers a plush ride, yet provides drivers with handling performance that is well-connected to the road.

Aluminum upper control arms reduce unsprung mass for improved suspension response to road inputs, while Chrysler Aspen’s lower control arms are made of cast iron for durability. A link-type stabilizer bar reduces and effectively controls body lean to provide a comfortable and stable ride. In addition, the torsion bar cross member is connected to the frame by elastomeric spool bushings to help isolate Chrysler Aspen’s cabin from road noise.

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen’s link-coil, solid-axle rear suspension utilizes four trailing arms that feature tubular steel construction for strength and durability and a Watt linkage system for precise lateral control. The rear suspension supports a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 6,700 lbs. and towing capacity of 8,950 lbs.

Monotube shock absorbers are featured with Chrysler Aspen’s front and rear suspension, providing quick response to road inputs for better ride control and improved handling.

Precise Rack-and-pinion Steering System

All Chrysler Aspen models feature rack-and-pinion steering, achieving precise on-center feel, steering response and durability.

“Chrysler Aspen’s steering system immediately communicates precision, performance and ease of maneuverability to the driver,” said Donoughe.

Unique for a full-size SUV, Chrysler Aspen’s steering system provides a precise linear feel, making the vehicle feel smaller than its size. Calibration of steering gear valves, steering geometry and isolator bushing sizes contribute to superior on-center feel. Low-friction bearings in the steering column and small angular offsets along the steering column contribute to accurate steering response and better driver feedback.

In addition to dynamic performance, Chrysler Aspen is able to manage a tight 39.9-ft. turning circle, ideal for tight-turning situations. To keep road noise and harshness from reaching the steering wheel, the steering angle and response is fine-tuned, and rubber isolators are incorporated to improve steering feel and precision.

Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen features standard Electronic Stability Program (ESP), which aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability in severe driving maneuvers on any type of surface. ESP helps the driver maintain stability by applying selective braking and engine control, within the limits of available traction, to maintain the vehicle’s intended course. Chrysler Aspen’s ESP system includes Hydraulic Brake Assist, Traction Control, Brake Lock Differentials and Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM).

First-in-class Trailer Sway Control

A first-in-class Trailer Sway Control system is standard on the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen. The system monitors the vehicle’s movement relative to the driver’s intended path and senses trailer sway. By applying selective brake pressure and engine control, Trailer Sway Control counteracts the yaw induced by a trailer. The system will continue to apply alternating brake pressure and reduce engine torque until the trailer is under control.

Chrysler Aspen’s available Trailer Tow Group features a trailer hitch receiver integrated with the rear bumper beam, heavy-duty engine cooling, auxiliary transmission cooler, power steering cooler, 160-amp alternator, and 750 CCA battery. In addition, a wiring harness includes 7-circuit and 4-circuit connectors.

Powerful Brakes

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen’s standard four-wheel-disc brakes with anti-lock braking system (ABS) provide outstanding stopping ability and responsiveness.

The brakes’ boosters provide two force multiplication rates, with an initial application that multiplies the actuation force by a factor of seven, and if more deceleration is needed, the multiplication factor increases to 10.5. This gives the driver confidence stopping in traffic situations or when pulling a trailer.

Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), a standard feature of the ABS system, effectively balances front-to-rear braking. In addition, EBD minimizes instances of rear-wheel anti-lock action by applying hydraulic pressure to the brakes.

Two Four-wheel-drive Systems

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen offers two all-wheel-drive electric-shift transfer cases. A single-speed transfer case is standard with 4x4 models that feature the 4.7-liter V-8 engine. The single-speed transfer case provides all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel-drive “Lock” operating modes.

A two-speed transfer case is standard with 4x4 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.

Chrysler Aspen’s front and rear axles are both available with 3.55 and 3.92 axle ratios.

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Brand

The Chrysler brand continues its succession of innovative new product introductions that solidify its standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. On the heels of the award-winning Chrysler 300, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen effectively expands the Chrysler brand’s head-turning lineup.

“We continue to grow Chrysler’s market share and brand image with stunning designs and inspired engineering — a strategy reflected in the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen,” said George Murphy, Vice President – Global Brand Marketing and Sales, Chrysler Group. “With elegant Chrysler styling, premium technology, numerous standard safety features, unmatched performance and capability, and fuel-saving technology, Chrysler Aspen will be a tremendous value, especially compared to luxury-priced SUVs.”

Offering customers a premium full-size SUV, Chrysler Aspen is a value alternative to luxury-priced SUVs including the Lincoln Navigator, GMC Yukon Denali, Cadillac Escalade and Lexus GX470. Inside the Chrysler showroom, the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen will complement the Pacifica and Town & Country, and further establish Chrysler as the best source for a family vehicle.

Chrysler Aspen is uniquely positioned as a full-size SUV that will compete in size and price with vehicles in both the full-size and large SUV segments. The full-size SUV segment is currently 2.1 million units, which accounts for approximately 50 percent of all SUV volume.

Target demographics for the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen include older families — baby boomers, 40–55 years old — with a median household income of approximately $100,000 per year.

Driven by award-winning new models, the Chrysler brand has seen a dramatic increase in sales, market share and brand image, culminating in 2005 calendar year sales of 649,293 units — an all-time Chrysler brand yearly sales record. Since 1990, Chrysler brand sales have jumped 251 percent. No other American automotive brand has grown as much during the same time frame.

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Safety & Security

Covering the full range of active and passive safety systems — including Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM), All-speed Traction Control, advanced Anti-lock Braking System and Chrysler Group’s innovative Low-risk Deployment Air Bags — the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen offers customers the highest level of standard safety equipment in the full-size SUV market.

“The Chrysler Aspen offers more than 30 standard safety and security features,” said Mike Donoughe, Vice President – Body-on-frame Product Team, Chrysler Group. “Chrysler Aspen sets a new benchmark in the industry and backs up Chrysler Group’s commitment to providing customers the highest levels of safety and security.”

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

*Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) — Senses and prevents wheel lockup, offering improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions

*Advanced Multi-stage Air Bags — Uses a Low-risk Deployment Air Bag for the front passenger

*All-speed Traction Control — Senses drive-wheel slip and applies individual brakes to slipping wheel(s), and reduces excess engine power until traction is regained

*Auto-reverse Windows — Automatically engages and reverses the front window (to the down position)

*BeltAlert — Periodically activates a chime and illuminates an icon in the instrument cluster to remind the driver and front passenger to buckle up if a vehicle is driven without the driver being properly belted

*Brake Assist — In a panic brake condition, the system applies maximum braking power, providing the shortest possible stopping distance

*Brake/Park Interlock — Prevents an automatic transmission or transaxle from being shifted out of Park unless the brake pedal is applied

*Child Seat Anchor System — Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) is designed to ease installation of compatible aftermarket child seats

*Child-protection Rear Door Locks — Disables the rear doors’ inside-release handle via a small lever on the door-shut face

*Constant Force Retractors (CFR) — Distribute force or load exerted on a seat belt, and then gradually releases the seat-belt webbing in a controlled manner

*Crumple Zones — Designed to compress during an accident and absorb energy from an impact, decreasing transfer of that energy to occupants

*Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) — A standard feature of the ABS system that effectively balances front-to-rear braking. EBD also minimizes instances of rear-wheel anti-lock action by applying hydraulic pressure to the brakes

*Electronic Roll Mitigation (ERM) — An extension of the Electronic Stability Program (ESP). Uses input from ESP sensors to anticipate if the vehicle is at risk of entering a potential roll situation then reacts immediately, applying the brakes individually and modulating throttle position as needed to attempt avoiding the roll situation

*Electronic Stability Program (ESP) — Enhances driver control and helps maintain directional stability under all conditions. Provides the greatest benefit in critical driving situations such as turns, and is especially valuable when driving on mixed surface conditions such as snow, ice or gravel. If there’s a discernible difference between what the driver asks through the steering wheel and the vehicle’s path, ESP applies selective braking and throttle input and puts the vehicle back onto the driver’s intended path

*Energy-absorbing Steering Column — The manual-adjust steering column utilizes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that can move relative to each other to allow the column to move forward for enhanced energy-absorption during an impact

*Enhanced Accident Response System (EARS) — Makes it easier for emergency personnel to see and reach occupants in the event of an accident by turning on the interior lighting and unlocking doors after air-bag deployment. Also shuts off the flow of fuel to the engine

*Express Up/Down Front Windows — One-touch buttons enable full-travel opening and closing of driver and front passenger windows

*Height-adjustable Seat Belts — Allows occupants to raise and lower the shoulder belt. Encourages seat-belt usage by offering a more comfortable fit

*HomeLink Universal Home Security System Transceiver — Stores three separate transmitter radio-frequency codes to operate garage-door openers, security gates, security lighting or other radio-controlled devices

*Interior Head-impact Protection — Interior pillars above the beltline and instrument panel including areas around windshield and rear window headers, roof and side-rail structures, and shoulder-belt turning loops specifically designed to limit head-impact force

*Knee Bolsters — The lower instrument panel and the glove-box door are designed to properly position the occupant, enabling air bags to work effectively

*Low-risk Deployment Air Bags — Front-passenger air bags that use unique shape, venting, folding patterns, advanced inflators or a combination of these four technologies to position and inflate the restraint properly for a belted passenger while also meeting federal safety requirements for out-of-position, small occupants and rear-facing infant seats. Occupants are advised to always sit properly in their seat with the seat belt fastened. Children 12 years old and younger should always be seated in the back seat correctly using an infant or child restraint system, or have the seat belt positioned correctly for age and weight

*Octagonal Frame-rail Tips — Designed to collapse in a controlled manner during a frontal or offset-front impact, decreasing transfer of energy to occupants

*ParkSense® Rear Backup System — Assists at low speeds in Reverse to detect stationary objects. Consists of visible (interior lights seen with rearview mirror) and audible warnings for the driver

*Power-adjustable Pedals — Allows brake and accelerator pedals to move toward or away from the driver in order to help achieve a safe and comfortable seating position for improved vehicle control

*Remote Keyless Entry — Locks and unlocks doors, and turns on interior lamps. If the vehicle is equipped with a vehicle-theft security alarm, the remote also arms and disarms that system

*Seat Belt Pretensioners — During an impact, impact sensors initiate front seat-belt pretensioners to immediately remove slack, thereby reducing the forward movement of occupants’ heads and torsos

*Sentry Key® Engine Immobilizer — Utilizes an engine key that has an embedded transponder with a preprogrammed security code to discourage vehicle theft. When the key is inserted into the ignition, the controller sends a random number to the transponder and the engine is allowed to start.If an incorrect key is used, the engine will shut off after a few seconds

*Side Occupant Protection System — Includes side-curtain air bags with roll-detection system that deploy in certain rollover situations and side-impact events. Utilizes information from multiple sensors to determine the severity of the impact

*Supplemental Side-curtain Air Bags — Extend protection to all outboard front- and rear-seat passengers, including third-row outboard passengers in vehicles so equipped. Each side air bag has its own impact sensor in order to autonomously trigger the air bag on the side where the impact occurs

*Tire-pressure Monitoring (TPM) — Pressure-sensor modules within the valve stem on each wheel send continuous radio-frequency signals to a receiver and the system informs occupants when the pressure is too low

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Technology

The new name in premium SUVs offers a host of entertainment and communications technology. The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen offers MP3 playback, hands-free communication, an easy-to-use navigation radio and a rear-seat entertainment system, providing a first-class passenger environment.

Premium Audio Systems and Navigation Radio

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen is available with a range of audio systems from 276 watts of power and eight speakers to 368 watts of power with eight speakers and a subwoofer.

An optional navigation-and-audio system provides DVD-based mapping with a 5.8-inch full-color display and includes AM/FM stereo, a six-disc CD player, MP3 playback and navigation all in one unit. Offering easy-to-use, comprehensive driving directions, Chrysler Aspen’s navigation function provides real-time guidance on local, city and highway roads throughout the United States and Canada.

Rear-seat Entertainment System

A DVD entertainment system — consisting of an overhead center console-mounted DVD player, seven-inch LCD screen, wireless remote control and two wireless headsets — is available for rear-seat passenger enjoyment.

In addition to DVDs, the system will play audio DVDs, audio CDs, MP3 audio discs and video CDs. There are also plug-in jacks to play video from a video camera, connect video games and play music directly from an MP3 player.

UConnect® Hands-free Communication System

UConnect uses Bluetooth® technology to provide wireless communication between the customer’s compatible mobile phone and the vehicle’s onboard receiver.

UConnect features include:

*Voice dialing — Voice commands may be used to digit-dial the phone or access pre-stored voice tags

*Audio address book — Enables customers to store up to 32 names, four numbers per name, for a total of 128 phone numbers

*Emergency calls and towing assistance — Dials 911 or towing assistance with customer voice command

*Audio-system mute — Mutes the microphone for privacy

*Call transfer — Allows the customer to transfer a call from the vehicle’s system to the mobile phone

*Three language options — English, French and Spanish

*Multi-phone recognition — Up to seven phones may be used within one vehicle’s system

SIRIUS Satellite Radio

SIRIUS provides customers with 120 channels of the best music, entertainment and information coast to coast. SIRIUS offers 60 streams of commercial-free music along with 40 world-class sports, news and entertainment streams, 24 hours a day. Regional traffic and weather reports also are available at the touch of a dial.

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Manufacturing

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen will be built at DaimlerChrysler’s Newark Assembly Plant in Newark, Del. As a result of a $180 million retooling and body-shop renovation, the plant will now produce two models on one assembly line. In addition to the Chrysler Aspen, the Newark Assembly Plant builds the Dodge Durango.

“The Newark Assembly Plant is joining our growing list of flexible manufacturing plants and, by the end of this year, five of our six U.S. truck and activity vehicle assembly plants will produce more than one model,” said Byron Green, Vice President – Truck and Activity Vehicle Manufacturing, Chrysler Group. “With flexible manufacturing, we are better able to meet the demands of Chrysler, Jeep® and Dodge customers.”

With the launch of the Chrysler Aspen, Newark joins Chrysler Group’s growing list of flexible assembly plants. Manufacturing flexibility gives the company the ability to better respond to consumer demand for its growing product portfolio. The plant has the ability to vary the production mix between the two vehicles as needed.

The rolling launch of the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen was completed in 24 months. In anticipation of the launch, 2,100 employees were trained to operate new high-tech robotic equipment and perform advanced manufacturing processes, resulting in new methods of error-proofing and a new level of manufacturing efficiency.

The Newark Assembly Plant is also paving the way for a new initiative: Smart Manufacturing. Smart Manufacturing provides even more empowerment of assembly line workers and fosters creativity on the shop floor. Smart processes include work teams, self-designed work stations, and a framework for flexible job classifications — designed to further improve plant flexibility and efficiency.

Chrysler Group is the city of Newark’s largest employer. The company has a significant impact on the Newark community with more than 2,200 employees throughout Delaware who generate approximately $136 million in annual wages and provide more than $6.8 million in taxable income to the state. The 3.4 million square foot Newark Assembly Plant is home to United Auto Workers Locals 1183 and 1212.

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Quality

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen’s refined elegance, superior performance and functionality is backed by more than 200 engineers dedicated to achieving the highest standards of quality and reliability possible.

“Quality is the backbone of the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen,” said Stephen Walukas, Vice President – Corporate Quality, Chrysler Group. “The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen provides the quality, reliability and durability to meet discernible customers’ needs.”

Numerous extreme thermal road trips were conducted in locations ranging from Death Valley, Calif., to Kapuskasing, Ontario. As a result, more than 7.5 million customer-equivalent miles were logged by Chrysler engineers during Chrysler Aspen’s development.

In addition, the 2007 Chrysler Aspen went through more than 200 hours of wind noise and aerodynamic evaluations in the Chrysler Group’s $37.5-million state-of–the-art aerodynamic and acoustic test facility in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Chrysler Development System (CDS)

The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen was designed and engineered under the Chrysler Development System (CDS), a comprehensive, coordinated and disciplined product creation process that improves quality and speed-to-market while reducing costs and encouraging practical innovation in new products.

The proof is in the results: Chrysler Group has seen a 45-percent improvement in expense per unit sold (EPUS) from the 2001 model year to the 2005 model year. In external metrics, Chrysler Group brands continue to make dramatic year-over-year improvements.

Quality Gates

Complementing CDS, Chrysler Group’s Quality Gate system was implemented into the all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen development process. Quality Gates is a 12-step checks-and-balance review during critical stages of development — a procedure adopted as part of the best-practice synergies produced by the DaimlerChrysler merger.

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Ugh. It looks even worse in silver. The bumper, headlights, grill, and mirrors all look terrible. The inside is ok I guess, but not for a "premium" vehicle. The placement of the analog clock makes you wonder why they even bothered. It's supposed to be an elegant touch but it looks like an afterthought, and a poorly designed one at that.

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This thing has Automotive Down Syndrome and I think I may have contracted it by just looking at these pictures.

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This thing has Automotive Down Syndrome and I think I may have contracted it by just looking at these pictures.

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:lol::lol::lol:

The interior is alright but far from entry-lux. The exterior looks like Asspen.

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The exterior looks like Asspen.

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You ever wonder if Chrysler's marketing department EVER considered that people would be making that joke? If I was in that boardroom and people kept saying Aspen, I'd be laughing my Aspen off.

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They desperately need a better grille. The rest of it is OK, but nothing special. The plastic interior bits are just too black and contrasting...I think I'm having K-Car flashbacks.

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does this say "lincoln navigator" to anyone else? Doesn't look as classy as the navigator, but it almost looks like a rebadge (obviously isn't though)

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They desperately need a better grille.  The rest of it is OK, but nothing special.  The plastic interior bits are just too black and contrasting...I think I'm having K-Car flashbacks.

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But you loved it when it debuted?

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But you loved it when it debuted?

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Uhhhh...I don't know what thread you're referring to, but:

OK, so having seen it in person, it is ass-nasty.  Profile is identical to the Durango with the same side crease.  The design just looks very cobbled-together.  Interior is decent, though, but not enough to save this turkey.

Overall: D-

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In person, I thought the Aspen looked like ass.  The profile is identical to the Durango, same bodylines, except no bloated taillights.  The whole thing was just really cobbled-together looking.  Interior is the one bright spot, but it is just a mess.

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Not hardly loving it...

I do think the interior has some nice touches, but the more I look at it the switchgear just looks so plastastic.

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It's horrible--inside and out. That plood reminds me of the Camry's new plood.

Between this and the Navigator, I'm a GMT900 fan BIGTIME... nothing touches them in my opinion.

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Its a sad fact that much of the switchgear and handles/glovebox latch/etc that's perfectly fine and fitting on a Dakota pickup is exactly the same here.

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It looks better than the Durango, but next to a T-900 or a new Expedition, no contest which one I wouldn't buy.

And note to Chrysler: you took a Durango and tarted it up. It's not inspiring at all. Give me a true "300 of SUVs", and maybe I'll be interested.

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I would say this is the 300 of SUVs, in other words, a big grille, lots of chrome, OMG TORTUS-SHEL!!, a Gottahemi??, and not much else.

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