Chrysler seeks more powerful yet efficient vehicles in 4 years

Article by Andrew Christian, on September 3, 2014

All of Chrysler Group’s vehicles will be able to travel more distance on a gallon of fuel in the next four years as the carmaker rolls out new, more efficient engines that are currently being developed. One of these engines is a revamped 2.0-liter inline-four engine -- code-named Hurricane – that is said able to Chrysler’s smaller vehicles more powerful yet more fuel efficient.

Chrysler is also making some improvements to its Pentastar V-6 engine family that is expected will provide smaller displacements and better fuel efficiency in larger vehicles. It expected that by 2018, nearly all of Chrysler Group’s front-wheel-drive-based vehicles will come standard with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Likewise, rear-wheel-drive-based large cars, crossovers, SUVs and pickups will feature an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Chrysler, which managed to recover much of its pre-bankruptcy luster thanks to some new vehicles and widely popular revamped ones, will continue to have its models underpinned by Fiat platforms and get rid of segment duplication across its brands.

To continue comply with stiffening fuel economy regulations, Chrysler will adopt electrification, offering a plug-in hybrid minivan as well as a plug-in hybrid crossover.

It may also have its Jeep Wrangler feature an aluminum body in a bid to trim weight and improve fuel economy. With pickups and SUVs still a major force in Chrysler’s sales momentum, the carmaker plans its Ram and Jeep brands to have frequent product upgrades.

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