2011 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 will beat tough fuel-economy standards

Chrysler says that the next-generation Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger that are due for the 2011 model year will exceed the tougher fuel-economy standards that will take effect in two years. Frank Klegon, Chrysler’s executive vice president of product development, says that the two 2011 models will beat the industry-wide average of 31.6 mpg by 2015.

“These vehicles will be CAFE-positive,” Klegon told Automotive News. “The U.S government has not released regulations for the new corporate average fuel economy law, we think we know what it is.”

Klegon said that the 2011 Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger will receive modifications to the engine, aerodynamics and axle ratios to boost fuel-economy. He also said that the current 4-speed automatic transmission may be replaced with an 8-speed. Both models will carry a new V6 engine code-named Phoenix which will also find its way under the hood of other Chrysler cars and pickups.

According to the EPA, the 2009 Dodge Charged with a 2.7L V6 gets 18/26 mpg (city/highway).