With gas prices consistently at record highs and consumers increasing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles, Chrysler has announced new plans to boost the fuel mileage of their cars and trucks. The new family of V6 engines will have cylinder deactivation technology, which will allow them to run on 3-cylinders when less power is needed. The automaker also plans to place its new two-mode hybrid powertrain in more of its vehicles.
The new V6 engines with cylinder deactivation will raise the automaker’s V6 fuel economy by 6-8%.
In addition to placing their two-mode hybrid in more of its vehicles, Chrysler is also going to put a clean diesel in the 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee and upgrade its 5.7L Hemi and 4.7L V8 engines to get better gas mileage.
In the near future Chrysler would like to offer a mild hybrid powertrain and a four-cylinder diesel in North America. A new fuel-efficient dual-clutch transmission may also join the lineup in 2010.
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