New range of Multiair units will lower emissions by 25 percent by 2014
11 January 2010

Chrysler has announced a raft of new engines for its line-up, which it says will boost the overall fuel-efficiency of its vehicles by 25 percent between now and 2014.

The engines are taken from Fiat's range, and include direct injection, turbocharged, and Multiair units, plus dual-clutch transmissions. In a press release ahead of the Detroit motor show Chrysler said 80 per cent of its vehicles across all its brands will get the new technology.

Among the line-up is two Multiair four-cylinder units: a 100bhp 1.4-litre unite with 95lb ft of torque and a turbocharged 1.4-litre unit with 170bhp and 170lb ft of torque. A 190bhp 2.4-liter Multiair unit putting out 175 lb ft of torque will also be available.

A 280bhp 3.4-litre V6 Multiair unit with 260 lb ft of torque will also be available, and will first be available in the Jeep Grand Cherokee later this year.

Chrysler says that it will start selling vehicles with a new six-speed Dual Dry Clutch Transmission (DDCT) from later this year, with the next-generation Sebring thought most likely to get the unit first.

A hybrid Ram 1500 will also go on sale later this year.

One of the conditions attached to Fiat's shareholding in Chrysler being expanded in future was that the Italian manufacturer must reach emissions targets with the US brand.

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11 January 2010

A step in the right direction surely? Won't make anyone want them more though...

11 January 2010

Depends what the rest of them are like to drive, although they'll probably stay in Europe.

Still makes you wonder what FIAT get from it

Except a RWD chassis for Alfa ;-)

11 January 2010

I would assume, access to the US of A, factorys with spare build, loads of already set up dealers and plenty of new customers

11 January 2010

Good move for Chrylser, the Fiat group engines in both petrol and diesel form are some of the best around.

11 January 2010

Interesting: there are some large capacity engines here with MultiAir tech which havent been mentioned before. Are these Chrysler units with FIATs MultiAir bolted on top of units which FIAT already had in development?

12 January 2010

[quote GazzyP] there are some large capacity engines here with MultiAir tech which havent been mentioned before.[/quote]

I think this is a mistake on Autocars part. They say a 3.4L V6 will go into the Grant Cherokee and state that it is a fiat Engine. It is actually Chryslers brand new 3.5L V6 Pentastar engine that will find its way into the new Grand Cherokee and it was designed from the ground up by Chrysler Not Fiat - Maybe they have added multiair tech to the engine but its definately a Chrysler Engine.

THe new Pentastar engines should be good engines by the sound of it - will probably find its way into large alfas.

12 January 2010

[quote fhp11] will probably find its way into large alfas.[/quote] Maybe, but not many of them will be fitted with V6 petrol engines in Europe. Maybe its more for launch of Alfa in the US

12 January 2010

[quote superstevie]not many of them will be fitted with V6 petrol engines in Europe[/quote]

A true shame - but unfortunately the truth, We live in a society that has a government that likes to rip us off for fuel and push is all into stupid gay micro cars.

To stop it getting warmer... Heaven forbid. (or at least thats what they say... Cough.. Lots of tax)

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