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by Matt Brogan

Chrysler has today announced plans it will extend the use of its Dual Clutch six speed automatic transmission (as featured in the all new Dodge Journey) to other vehicles across the family in the interests of improving fuel economy and CO2 output.

 

Replacing the outdated four-speed unit, the smooth shifting six-speed not only betters the environmental credentials for Chrysler vehicles but also offers consumers a far more rewarding driving experience.

By doing away with the torque converter and using two submersed multi-plate clutches (launch and shift) the lay shafts are allowed to operate simultaneously which translates to faster, smoother shifts. Simply put the gears are pre-selected and by opening one clutch and closing the other, there’s no interruption in torque delivery.

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The Avenger will be the next in line to receive the dual clutch treatment and is available from $26,990 to $37,990 for the range topping SXT turbo diesel.






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