In a surprise disclosure, reliable source oh2o reported that the Pentastar V6-equipped models will be the first of the big rear-drive cars to get the fast-shifting, eight-speed ZF transmission in place of the five-speed Mercedes unit.
The Charger R/T, 300C, Challenger R/T, and SRT8 versions of the cars are all slated to keep their five-speed automatics at the launch of the 2012 model year (except for the manual-transmission Challengers). Only Charger V6 and 300 V6 are to get the eight-speed automatics, at least at the start of the model year; Challenger SE will also keep the five-speed.
The reasons, and the timetable itself, have not been officially disclosed; it is possible that Chrysler is planning to start importation or production of a lighter-duty transmission first, and then move on to the heavier-duty models; they may be planning to test the design on less powerful engines first, to expose any problems that would cause more widespread issues with the Hemis; or it may be an issue of parallel or faster development with the control systems and physical connections with the V6. It is also possible that the eight-speed makes more of an impact with the V6 than the Hemi V8, and that with a limited number of transmissions available, Chrysler chose to make a bigger “splash.”
No word is available on when the transmissions will be available for trucks or the Grand Cherokee.
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
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FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]