Casting a wide net in its bid to satisfy growing demand for more fuel-efficient engines and drivetrains,Group is increasing the reach of its diesel and hybrid technologies.
The auto maker says it will, “in the next few years,” offer a mild hybrid powertrain in one of its vehicles, while also promising to expand availability of its “two-mode” full hybrid system, scheduled to debut next year on the '08Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs.
In addition, the '09 Jeep Grand Cherokee will feature Bluetec diesel technology.
Developed by Mercedes-Benz, Bluetec is distinguished by its 4-valve design; centrally located piezo-electric injectors; third-generation CDI direct injection; variable nozzle turbocharger turbine and exhaust gas recirculation.
The '07 Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups, which went on sale in March, are the first Chrysler vehicles to feature Bluetec.
Chrysler also announces plans to:
Explore development” of a 4-cyl. diesel engine for the North American market.
Feature its Multi-Displacement System (MDS) on its new Phoenix family of V-6 engines.
Upgrade its 5.7L Hemi and 4.7L V-8 engines.