In their constant search of meeting stricter emission standards and improving fuel consumption, automakers have to constantly upgrade their products, and a popular option sees the development of transmissions with an increased number of gears.
General Motors is the latest in a long line of car manufacturers to follow this trend, and their newest offering comes in the shape of a nine-speed automatic gearbox, which offers smoother and quicker gear change compared to the six-speed auto that it replaces, while maintaining roughly the same size.
“Everything about the new nine-speed is designed to maximize benefits for the customer. It helps offer greater fuel efficiency in the city, and on the highway, all with the world-class refinement that makes the drive quiet and smooth“, said the Chevrolet Marketing Director, Steve Majoros.
According to Chevy’s parent company General Motors, the new 9-speed automatic is compatible with the engine stop/start system, working together with it to save even more fuel, and those who demand quicker acceleration shouldn’t be concerned either, as the North American automotive giant says that a deeper first gear ratio provides just this.
The first model that benefits from the new tranny is the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, equipped with the 2.0-liter turbo engine, which returns an EPA-estimated 33 mpg (7.1 l/100 km) on the highway, representing a 3 percent increase over the 2016MY, with the six-speed automatic.
Additionally, General Motors is also working closely together with Ford on a 10-speed automatic transmission, which will debut on the Camaro ZL1 muscle car and F-150 pickup truck next year, but will also make its way into more models, from both companies.