Dodge decided to finish production of a 4-speed automatic transmission in 2020December 13, 2019
For the first time, a 4- and 6-speed torque converter was introduced back in 1989. this transmission was equipped with many models – in particular the mid-size Dodge Journey. In 2020, further production of this box will be discontinued.
It is believed that Dodge is working on a receiver for the Journey mid-size crossover (pictured), which will most likely be based on the same platform that underlies the Italian crossover Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. Our insiders say that the management of the Italian-American concern Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which includes Dodge, may completely stop further production of the 4-speed Ultradrive torque converter, which has been assembled over the past 32 years and is considered to be the oldest transmission in the car industry.
The gearbox production is scheduled for 2020 — this information was obtained from a preliminary agreement between the management of the FCA and the United States Automobile Workers Union (UAW).
It confirms that the transmission plant will “manufacture” the latest Ultradrive gearboxes next year.
First introduced in 1989, the Ultradrive automatic gearbox was installed in models such as the Dodge Caravan / Grand Caravan, Plymouth Voyager / Grand Voyager, Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Dynasty and Chrysler New Yorker. It was equipped with a mid-size crossover Dodge Journey – this box worked together with a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine.
Most of the current FCA models have switched from 4- and 6-speed automatic transmissions to more modern and efficient 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions, designed and manufactured by ZF.
Not so long ago, we wrote that Dodge will release the Charger GT AWD next year. The debut of the sedan in the variation of the GT with all-wheel drive system will take place in early 2020.
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