Stop-start tech will be standard in some 2015 Jeep Cherokees and Chrysler 200s

Article by Andrew Christian, on June 29, 2014

Some 2015 Jeep Cherokees and Chrysler 200s will feature engine stop-start as a standard starting later this year. Chrysler Group will feature the technology as standard on the 3.2-liter V-6 versions of the 2015 Jeep Cherokee when it starts building them in the third quarter of this year. The carmaker will also feature the technology in its 2.4-liter inline-four versions of the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan starting fourth quarter of 2014.

Stop start saves fuel by shutting off the engine when the vehicle brakes to a stop, then restarting it when the driver release his foot from the brake pedal. Chrysler remarked that the addition of stop-start to the Ram 1500 pickup lead to a 1-mpg hike in its city fuel economy rating.

On the other hand, the most fuel-efficient version of the Cherokee receiving the stop-start technology is rated 19 mpg city while the most fuel-efficient Chrysler 200 to get the feature is rated at 23 mpg city.

Chrysler will not make the technology available on 2.4-liter I-4 versions of the Cherokee and the 3.6-liter V-6 variants of the 200, according to a Chrysler spokeswoman. The carmaker expects that featuring the technology on the Cherokee and the Chrysler 200 will help improve fuel economy and cut carbon emissions by up to 3 percent.

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