Report: Entire Jeep Grand Cherokee range to get 8-speed automatic

The Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Charger are the first two models by Chrysler Group LLC to get the company’s new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The transmission helps both models achieve an EPA-rated 31 mpg on the highway when mater to the 3.6 liter Pentastar V6.

While V8 models may get the 8-speed in the future, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee will be the next model to get the transmission. The 8-speed will be available on the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s entire V6 and V8 engine range.

“The SUV market has moved on,” said Jeep CEO Mike Manley. “People want SUV attributes but not always four-wheel drive capability. In the past, everyone had to pay the weight, fuel economy and CO2 penalty for cars like the Compass just so those that needed to go off-road in it could.”

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A new reports suggests that Chrysler is studying using 9-speed ZF gearbox in its future models as well.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar