In the automotive industry, there are few rivalries that can outdo that between Chevrolet and Ford. Because of this, it comes as a huge surprise that the two competing brands have actually come together to create something beautiful—a brand-new nine-speed automatic transmission.
The creation of this new transmission was headed by General Motors’ Powertrain engineers, leading to a brand-new Chevrolet nine-speed transmission that is debuting in the 2017 Malibu diesel. This transmission, which is called the Hydra-Matic 9T50, will also show up in the 2017 Chevy Cruze and the all-new 2018 Chevy Equinox.
Despite working together to come up with this new transmission, Ford and GM are identifying the parts with different part numbers. Each company is also writing its own software code to create the best operating characteristics for their transmission. Because of this, GM Powertrain engineers were able to decrease the amount of fuel the new nine-speed automatic transmission uses, making it even more fuel-efficient.
This new automatic transmission will contribute to an EPA-estimated 33 mpg highway in the 2017 Malibu, which is a 3% increase over the previous eight-speed automatic. The fuel-saving features of the new Chevrolet nine-speed transmission will be available on 10 models by the end of 2017. To learn more about it, stop in to Fred Caldwell Chevrolet.