Ram, Jeep Hybrids Revealed in FCA Future Business Plan
Mild, Full Hybrids, Jeep Diesel Mentioned in Plan
If there’s any company that has nine lives, it’s Chrysler. For the past 40 years, the company’s history has been characterized by a feast-and-famine cycle of incredible, unique products, and market flops. Lately, the company has come under criticism from analysts and environmental activists for its over-reliance on truck and SUV sales and CEO Sergio Marchionne’s outspoken dislike for electric cars and their impact on the company’s bottom line. However, it doesn’t seem like the ambitious CAFE targets for 2025 and 2050 are going away, and if history is any indication, that’s not likely to change no matter who occupies the White House.
In its just-revealed future business plan, FCA is hoping to have its cake and eat it too with an aggressive electrification initiative on its bread-and-butter Jeep and Ram brands. In the infographic, three new powertrains are outlined for the new Wrangler, which include a mild-hybrid system (likely a 48V hybrid system and auto stop-start, mated to an eight-speed automatic), a full hybrid system, and a diesel engine. The next-generation Ram 1500 is slated for a mild hybrid system and “next-gen powertrains.” We know one of those is an updated Pentastar 3.6L V-6 with a higher compression ratio and a more sophisticated exhaust-gas recirculation system for improved emissions and fuel efficiency. The 3.0L VM Motori V-6 turbodiesel is likely to continue on, with improvements in power and fuel economy.
The future of the mighty Hemi V-8 is unknown. News that the supercharged Hellcat 6.2L V-8 may not live past 2019 due to emissions signals possible trouble ahead for the V-8. However, GM’s venerable small-block V-8 has defied the “pushrods are dead” chorus of critics with each successive generation and still stands as a testament to the enduring packaging and efficiency benefits of the concept. Will the Hemi live on for another 50 years or will it be replaced by a downsized DOHC V-8 or even a GDI turbo V-6? Stay tuned. For a closer look at the future of the Jeep Wrangler powertrains, check out our sister site Four Wheeler.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles