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

Article by Christian A., 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.

The all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is gifted with an inspired American design elegantly realized to exceed the expectation of customers for a mid-size sedan. The latest iteration of the 200 sedan now adopts the new face of Chrysler, but still features timeless design elements.

Chrysler designed the new 200 sedan to have neat yet expressive surfaces, staying true to a timeless American design derived from simple elegance. The carmaker provided the 2015 Chrysler 200 sedan with a muscular yet expressive, sculptured exterior that makes customers yearn for it more. Nonetheless, the design is restrained, which means that instead of being ornamental or laden with line work, the new 200 sedan features sensual lines and fluid surfaces.

The so-called new "face of Chrysler" that is making its debut on the 2015 Chrysler 200 is headlined by integrated grille and headlamps as well as an updated Chrysler badge with more prominence on the more defined wing. Chrysler gave the new 200 sedan a characteristic and easily identifiable appearance, as made possible by the signature light pipe and available full-LED daytime running lamps (DRL), as well as LED fog lamps and standard LED tail lamps.

As for the Chrysler 200S version, this model offers an exclusive, more menacing and darker character. This was achieved on the 2015 Chrysler 200S by replacing the standard bright trim with gloss black trim and accent elements. Also finished in gloss black is the daylight opening (DLO) trim, which is essentially the area that surrounds the side windows. The 2015 Chrysler 200S comes standard with integrated dual exhausts while 19-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels are optionally available.

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