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The 2014 Jeep Cherokee Line Boasts First Light-Vehicle Nine-Speed Transmission in the World

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For many years, engines have taken center-stage in the fight to achieve better gas mileage and a smoother ride. Now, several car makers have joined the effort to complete the performance package with better transmissions, including the Chrysler Group, which introduces a world’s first:  The 2014 Jeep Cherokee, available at Chapman Chrysler Las Vegas, includes the first nine-speed automatic light-vehicle transmission in the world.

Before the 1970s, the standard transmission was a “three-on-the-tree” or “four-on-the-floor,” referring to a manual three or four speed transmission. Now, most luxury brands boast of seven- and eight-speed transmissions, but the Chrysler Group is the first to use an eight-speed box in mainstream big vehicles, such as the Dodge Ram, and the nine-speed transmission in the Cherokee. The new transmission also will be used in the vehicle that replaces the Chrysler 200 sedan.

“There is a definite advantage to having more gears in a transmission,” explained Chapman Chrysler Jeep Service Manager Derrick Goern. “More gears improves gas mileage and performance because the engine works more efficiently.”

Vehicle manufacturers General Motors and Ford are working jointly on designing nine- and 10-speed transmissions; this move will help both companies save money on development. For now, Chrysler remains the pioneer with the 2014 Cherokee. Goern said the Cherokee’s nine-speed transmission smoothly shifts up and down, without annoying pauses or jerks that can sometimes plague newer transmissions. Fuel efficiency is estimated to be 31mpg when the transmission is paired with the new 2.4L MultiAir2 Tigershark I4 engine, an increase of 45 percent when compared to the previous generation Jeep Liberty.

To test drive the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, stop by Chapman Chrysler Jeep in Henderson, or go online at www.chapmanchryslerjeep.com for vehicle photos and specifications.

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