Chrysler To Get Dual Clutch Transmissions… By 2013

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
chrysler to get dual clutch transmissions by 2013

When Chrysler re-launched under Fiat, its Five Year Plan called for the Italian automaker’s dual-clutch transmissions (known at Fiat as Twin Clutch Transmission, or TCT) to make their way to the group’s D-segment models by the end of 2010. But here we are, at the end of 2010, and the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Intrepid have not been equipped with the fuel-saving transmissions. So what’s the deal? The only news on the topic comes from InsideLine which reports

By 2013 this TCT gearbox will be offered with all inline-4 and V6 engines from Fiat and Chrysler in North America. The aim is to have C-plus and D-segment cars like the Chrysler 200, V6-equipped Jeep models, and future Alfa Romeo Giulia lead the way with the TCT gearbox here.

But starting when? And with what vehicles? With Ford already offering dual-clutch transmissions in the Fiesta (with more to come), and Hyundai about to bet big on dual-clutch boxes next year, Chrysler is on pace to lag two years behind the market leaders. For a brand in Chrysler’s position, that’s a recipe for perennially playing catch-up on a crucial technology.

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  • PeteMoran PeteMoran on Dec 23, 2010

    Dual clutch is just one form of compromise, just like a torque converter auto is another form. More gears and smart software has them approaching a good manual driver for fuel economy. Complexity is lower and they're lighter than 8 gear autos while service costs will come down. Having driven a diesel-turbo VW Golf with DSG for a prolonged period, you can leave the software in lazy/"slurrr'y" fuel-eco mode or you can switch it up to "sport", or you could control it yourself with the paddles. If you charge your speed suddenly the box takes a moment longer to react as it has a prediction penalty having selected the wrong gear 'next'. I never noticed it to be bad at all. The 911 Turbo implementation is brilliant, so to the GT-R. The only thing better would be a true sequential.

  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Dec 23, 2010

    So does this mean the NA Fiat 500 will launch soon sans dual clutch? Thats a huge market disadvantage since most buyers will be lumbered with a pricey little 'robot' slouch. If Hyundai gets the formula right next year - they'll take this sectors cake and eat it. Chrysler needs a comparatively priced Hyundai basher that will bring the sales home like the K-car did. Not some quick & pricey boutique fix. Note: Wet dual clutch for the powerful, dry for the less so.

  • John Horner John Horner on Dec 24, 2010

    Dual clutch transmissions look like they are going to be but one of multiple competing technologies over the next several years. I don't see Toyota, Honda, Nissan or GM making any announcements about upcoming DSGs.

    Chrsyler not having any for the next two model years seems rather insignificant.

  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Dec 31, 2010

    The 392 challenger uses the tremec 6060 trans with twin 9.5 inch clutch discs.