After years of avoiding the production of anything and everything hybrid, Chrysler has introduced two hybrid SUVs in the same day. One of those is the 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid, which also got a bit of a facelift in the process.

After years of avoiding the production of anything and everything hybrid, Chrysler has introduced two hybrid SUVs in the same day.  One of those is the 2009 Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid, which also got a bit of a facelift in the process.

Nearly identical to the 2009 Chrysler Aspen HEMI Hybrid in every way the Durango hybrid comes with a 5.7 liter V8 engine that is capable of shutting down four cylinders when less power is required by the car.  This system, combined with the hybrid, gives the Durango 25 percent better fuel economy for overall driving, and a 40 percent improvement for city driving.  That should mean the Durango will get about 21 miles per gallon.

The Durango has an exterior with short front and rear overhangs, and a higher beltline gives the truck a stronger look.  "crisp angles and chiseled surfaces highlight a strong and confident front-end design," remarks the press release.  Ultimately, there was so many attempts to make this car more manly, you would almost think the folks at Dodge have some sort of inferiority complex.

Well, if the Dodge Durango HEMI Hybrid is too sensitive a ride for your rugged self, you can always get the 12 mpg regular version of the SUV.  The hybrid Durango will be available within about a year.

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