Chrysler Group vehicles will receive Fiat dual-clutch transmissions

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Chrysler Group's powertrain lineup in the next five years would be anything but stagnant. From one dominated by larger-displacement engines, it will soon be filled with Fiat-derived four-cylinder engines, V6s and, eventually, electric vehicles.

Chrysler also said that it will soon add Fiat-designed dual-clutch transmissions in its North American products.

Paolo Ferrero, Chrysler's powertrain chief, confirmed that the new Pentastar V6 engine will be launched on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee in the second quarter next year. The Pentastar will replace all Chrysler's V6 engines, from 2.7 liters to 4.0 liters in displacement.

At the end of 2010, it's expected that the first dual-clutch transmission will appear on a new D-segment vehicle.

That would also be the approximate time frame that Chrysler will launch stop-start technology on the Jeep Wrangler diesel, an existing vehicle in Europe. The Chrysler-Fiat companies will divide into centers of powertrain expertise.

While Fiat will produce small gasoline engines and diesels, Chrysler will be responsible for V6s and V8s. Fiat diesels will come into the North American lineup but the date remains unclear.

Gradually, Chrysler's current engines will give way to a new mix dominated by four-cylinder engines and the new V6.

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