While its bigger models will benefit from fuel saving eight-speed automatic transmissions
, Chrysler’s smaller car portfolio will get a range of more advanced dual clutch transmissions that offer even better efficiency.
Thanks to parent company Fiat and its own ‘C635’ six-speed dry dual clutch transmission, Chrysler’s future C- and D-segment models will be able to claim industry leading fuel economy and performance numbers. These include cars like the Chrysler 200, new Jeep Compass and the upcoming Alfa Romeo Giulia.
The new ‘box weighs in at 179 pounds and can handle up to 260 pound-feet of torque, with either four-cylinder or V-6 engine configurations.
Unfortunately, the dual clutch transmission option won’t be available until 2013 by which point most rival automakers will already have been selling the advanced transmissions for several years already. Ford’s cheapest model, the Fiesta, is already offered with a dual clutch transmission and Chevrolet is expected to offer them as well in the near future.[Inside Line]