Auburn Hills, Michigan – Chrysler has announced that it will introduce a wide array of new and innovative technologies, many of them industry firsts, on its 2009 line-up. The company made the announcement at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress event.
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The systems will include in-vehicle wireless Internet connectivity, Rear Cross Path and Blind Spot Monitoring systems, a combined active transfer case and front-axle disconnect system, and several in-vehicle connectivity and entertainment systems.
The company also announced a new dual-clutch transmission, developed in partnership with Getrag, which will make its debut in international markets on the 2009 Dodge Journey, Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring.
“Chrysler has always been known as an engineering company, and the announcement of these features coming into our line-up in 2009 further drives that point home,” said Frank Klegon, Executive Vice-President, Product Development. “In today’s market, Chrysler’s mission is to bring innovation to market more quickly, ultimately resulting in more customer satisfaction and convenience. Each of these unique Chrysler technologies delivers on that mission.”
The in-vehicle wireless system will provide high-speed data transfer, combining WiFi and 4G connectivity that will transform the vehicle into a “hot spot” to deliver Internet and email access, and movie and music download capability directly to the vehicle. While it will be offered in future model-year vehicles, aftermarket wireless capability is planned through Mopar in 2008.
The Rear Cross Path and Blind Spot Monitoring systems will be available on the 2009 Town & Country and Grand Caravan minivans. The Rear Cross Path notifies drivers of vehicles crossing behind the van with an illuminated icon and audible chime and is intended to warn drivers who are backing out of parking spaces. The Blind Spot Monitoring system warns drivers of vehicles in the blind spot zone when changing lanes.
The active transfer case and front-axle disconnect will be available on the 2009 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger; it seamlessly transitions between rear- and all-wheel drive to disconnect the front axle and open the transfer case from the drivetrain to reduce friction and rotational mass when all-wheel drive is not required, improving fuel economy.
Other systems announced include a swivelling third-row DVD screen for use with the Swivel ’n Go minivan seating configuration, enhanced voice-activated in-vehicle communications system, and full iPod integration into the audio system.