Chrysler announces 2009 FFV lineup

By Ron Kotrba | August 04, 2008
Web exclusive posted Sept. 8, 2008 at 10:48 a.m. CST

Chrysler LLC has announced its 2009 flexible-fuel vehicle models. The U.S. automaker now has 10 vehicle models and three different engine sizes designed to run on E85, gasoline or midlevel ethanol blends.

Whether it's greater efficiency or more power new car shoppers are looking for, the three E85-capable engines Chrysler is offering in 2009 models include the smaller, more fuel-efficient 2.7-liter V6, the midsized 3.3L V6, and the 4.7L V8.

The executive director of the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition, Phil Lampert, commended Chrysler for its ongoing commitment to produce flexible-fuel vehicles (FFV). "As the price of fuel has risen, many consumers are looking for smaller engines in an FFV and the 2.7 liter Avenger and Sebring address that demand," Lampert said. "We look forward to the introduction of additional E85 vehicles as Chrysler moves forward in its commitment to produce half of their entire production as flexible fuel by 2012."

Chrysler's 2009 lineup includes Dodge's Avenger with a 2.7-liter engine; Grand Caravan with a 3.3-liter V6; the Dakota, Ram and Durango trucks all equipped with a 4.7-liter V8; Chrysler's Sebring with a 2.7-liter engine; 3.3-liter-equipped Town and Country; the 4.7-liter equipped Aspen; and Jeep's Commander and Grand Cherokee, both of which come with the 4.7-liter V8 engine.