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Chrysler to Improve Fuel Economy by More than 25% in Five Years


Chrysler has just unveiled its strategy that will see a more than 25 percent improvement in fuel economy by 2014. The five-year plan will see significant use of Fiat technology and engines, with smaller engines, six-speed dual clutch transmissions, as well as the use of turbocharging and direct injection technology. Chrysler will also continue to explore electric car technology, with a hybrid Ram expected this year, while a plug-in hybrid Ram 1500 will begin fleet testing.

In total, four new engines will be launched in Chrysler products over the next few years. The first is the 1.4-liter I-4 FIRE with Multiair, which makes 100-hp at 6,50 rpm and 95 ft-lbs of torque at 4,250 rpm. Hardly exciting, this engine will get impressive fuel economy. Add a turbocharger, however, and the 1.4-liter I-4 FIRE Turbo with Multiair delivers 170-hp at 6,750 rpm and 170 ft-lbs of torque at 3000 rpm. The first vehicle to launch in North America with the 1.4-liter will be the Fiat 500, with other Chrysler models to follow.

Next up is a new version of the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder World Engine (above), which gets Fiat's variable valve Multiair technology to produce 190-hp and 175 ft-lbs of torque. Compared to its predecessor, Chrysler says this new engine not only delivers improved power, but fuel economy as well.

Finally, a new 3.6-liter V6 engine will also be introduced, taking the place of six different V6 engines in the Chrysler lineup. Called the V6 Pentastar, it will first appear in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, making 280-hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque - 90 percent of which is available from 1800 rpm. In the Grand Cherokee, this amounts to an increase of 33 percent more power and 11 percent more torque than the outgoing V6 model.

In addition to these four new engines, Chrysler will begin to use Fiat's six-speed dual clutch transmission to deliver improved fuel economy and quick-shifting driving dynamics. Chrysler says the Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDCT) can handle up to 260 ft-lbs of torque and will launch later this year in mid-size D-Segment cars.

"By 2014 calendar year, more than 80 percent of Chrysler Group's current powertrain lineup will undergo a complete makeover," said Chrysler Powertrain boss Paolo Ferrero.

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Smaller engines...turbos...they better not touch our good American engines like our HEMIs. They'd better be putting these Fiat inspired engines in as an additional option rather than replace our entire lineup with this crap.

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In total, four new engines will be launched in Chrysler products over the next few years. The first is the 1.4-liter I-4 FIRE with Multiair, which makes 100-hp at 6,50 rpm and 95 ft-lbs of torque at 4,250 rpm. Hardly exciting, this engine will get impressive fuel economy. Add a turbocharger, however, and the 1.4-liter I-4 FIRE Turbo with Multiair delivers 170-hp at 6,750 rpm and 170 ft-lbs of torque at 3000 rpm. The first vehicle to launch in North America with the 1.4-liter will be the Fiat 500, with other Chrysler models to follow.

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In Fiats first news release they stated the intention of removing Chryslers heritage engines to improve corporate fuel economy.
There are only two heritage engines from Chrysler......the 5.7 and 6.1 Hemi's.

That, my friends, is called spin doctoring.
Fiat knows most consumers would not have known what a 'heritage' engine was.

Crappy news....I've been choking on it for months.

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That sucks, those are the only popular engines Chrysler has. Can't see the Challenger powered by a turbo 4!

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I firmly believe, if Fiat has its way, Chrysler, as a automobile company will disappear, and, it appears it'll be in about 4 years.
Might say Chrysler, but it'll be a Fiat.
Look at the press release and look at all the lines that are on the chopping block over the next 4 years.
Chrysler can save itself, but it can't take too long....Fiat, I think, can expand its 20% ownership in two years.

Sucks, I really don't like what I see for the future of this once proud corporation.

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Wow, while I agree Chrysler should keep a traditional V-8 in their lineup, these are the kinds of opinions that will leave them in the dust.

The fact that they will apply these new technologies, which maximize power and fuel economy together, will help them be competitive with other OE's that are strides ahead of them currently. These new engine technologies are awesome from a specific output perspective. I think Chrysler is doing the right thing by adopting them.
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