Firsts for the Chrysler Group include the application of the World Engines with dual variable valve timing and use of a continuously variable transmission 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 2000-bar direct injection will deliver excellent performance and fuel economy for markets outside of North America New-generation continuously variable transmission will give customers improved performance and fuel economy.Confirming production of the all-new Dodge Caliber, the Chrysler Group today announced that the powertrain choices for the vehicle will be engineered to meet the demands of global customers. The Dodge Caliber will feature innovative engines and transmissions to deliver world-class performance, fuel economy and refinement.
"We focused on customer benefits during the selection and development of the Dodge Caliber engines and transmissions, targeting the hottest issues in the C segment: fuel economy, reliability, performance and value," said Eric Ridenour, Executive Vice President – Product Development, Chrysler Group. "The all-new Dodge Caliber will be the first Chrysler Group vehicle to offer the World Engine family of four-cylinder gasoline engines, a new 2.0-litre diesel engine and a continuously variable transmission."
Fuel economy is a key factor in the four-cylinder market. The Chrysler Group World Engine family is targeted to improve fuel efficiency by five per cent compared with the engines they replace - rivaling the best four-cylinder engines in the world.
"The engines will be built through a joint venture, and simply stated, the World Engine program allows us to build premium features into our engines without a premium price," continued Ridenour. "We set and met high standards in key customer attributes: fuel economy, refinements, durability, quality and performance for our gasoline engine offerings."
Chrysler Group brought its engineering expertise to the World Engine program in the areas of cylinder port and intake manifold design using advanced Computational Fluid Dynamics tools. Chrysler Group engineers led the development work on dual variable valve timing (VVT), as well as an integrated 2:1 oil pump/balance shaft assembly. Chrysler Group also refined the engines for exceptional smoothness and sound quality - resulting in a pleasant engine feel and sound for the customer.
The all-new Dodge Caliber will be available with all three displacements in the World Engine family: 1.8-litre, 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre. Performance objectives are targeted to match the best in the segment - 140, 150 and 170 hp (SAE), respectively.