Chrysler To Use Eight-Speed Automatics In New Sedans

Chrysler’s new eight-speed automatic transmission will debut on the company’s newest and most important sedans.

According to Left Lane News, Chrysler will equip their new 300 and Charger with the new ZF-developed eight-speed automatic transmission and one can only hope that it will be a massive improvement over the current gearbox lineup.

The automotive world has known about Chrysler’s new transmission for some time now, but were left in the dark as to what models would receive it. Seeing as how the transmission was developed for rear-wheel drive models, it would only seem right that the 300 and Charger would be the first in a very short line.

There is a chance that the transmission might work its way around to the other various models in the Chrysler stable. Most of Chrysler’s product lineup features the 5.7-liter V8 and the 3.6-liter V6, so equipping a new transmission to each of these vehicles should be as easy as pie. These models include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango and Dodge Challenger, although that last one might be muscle car blasphemy.

Chrysler’s new transmission is scheduled to arrive later this year on the 2012 versions of the 300 and Charger. The Detroit automaker has stated that the new gearbox will improve fuel economy and low-end response, but that remains to be seen.

While an eight-speed gearbox is certainly impressive, it is a tad late to the party, something Chrysler should be used to by now. There 200 and the Dodge Avenger still feature four-speed automatics, something that should have died out years ago. Chrysler will solve this issue with the six-speed automatic found in certain Fiat models.

Lexus was one of the first automakers to introduce the eight-speed transmission to the world and back then; many found it to be a bold, yet idiotic idea. Now, it seems the times have change and the more gears a car has the better it’s bound to be.

[Left Lane News]


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