It’s no secret that Ford and General Motors partnered up back in 2013 to ease the burden of developing two new transmissions. Now, as 2017 kicks off, we’re seeing the results of that partnership! General Motors plans to roll out a new nine-speed transmission to 10 vehicles in 2017. Four of those will bear the Chevrolet bowtie.
The Chevrolet nine-speed transmission kicked off in the top-of-the-line Chevrolet Malibu Premier. The Chevrolet Cruze diesel, with a 1.6-liter diesel engine, will come next. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox with a turbocharged engine will come with the new transmission as well.
The new transmission offers a three percent increase over the older six-speed automatic it replaces. There’s no word on what the fourth Chevrolet vehicle to receive the transmission will be – yet.
The new nine-speed transmission brings the capability to skip gears as needed. It’s also compatible with stop/start systems.
Ford and Chevrolet unveiled the new 10-speed transmission, designed for trucks and performance cars, in late 2016. The F-150 and Camaro ZL1 were the first to bring that transmission to the road.
Automakers are continuing to increase the numbers of gears in their transmission in order to improve fuel economy to comply with federal regulations.
We here at Bill Crispin Chevrolet are pumped for the full roll out of the new nine-speed transmission!