June 22, 2007

Chrysler Group announces new ‘green’ powertrain technologies


2007 Volvo S80 V8 AWD
2007 Volvo S80 V8 AWD. Click image to enlarge


Chelsea, Michigan – The Chrysler Group has announced a number of new initiatives targeted at improving the fuel efficiency of future Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles. Among the initiatives are mild-hybrid technology, an expansion of two-mode hybrid technology, new engines and transmissions, and weight reduction, aerodynamic and drivetrain initiatives.

Among other technologies, the company plans a new V6 engine with cylinder deactivation, dual-clutch transmissions, a common axle program, and a new BLUETEC clean-diesel vehicle.

Frank Klegon, Executive Vice-President of Product Development also announced the company is exploring the development of a four-cylinder diesel engine for the North American market, and the expansion of its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine.

Chrysler will offer a mild-hybrid powertrain in a Chrysler Group vehicle within the next few years, which allows the vehicle’s engine to be turned off at stops. Its two-mode full hybrid program will expand beyond the Chrysler Aspen Hybrid and Dodge Durango Hybrid, which debut next year. Klegon says that using the systems in a high-consumption SUV will result in a 25 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency overall, and nearly 40 per cent improvement in the city.

In 2009, the Jeep Grand Cherokee will use a fifty-state, clean-diesel BLUETEC engine, similar to that used in the 2007 Dodge Ram Heavy Duty. The company will also explore additional use of its 3.0-litre V6 common-rail diesel engine, currently used in the 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee, in other vehicles.

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