• Jun 18, 2006

Faced with the effect of rising fuel costs and blessed with a capable new line of four-cylinder "World Engines", Chrysler has stated that it will expand its offerings of vehicles with smaller motors - a drastic departure from the Hemi proliferation that has brought the automaker showroom success.

Currently, the automaker offers I4s in four vehicles, with another two on the way by the end of this year, but Chrysler is said to be considering adding an option for one in other models that now offer nothing smaller than a V6. One such model may be the 2007 Jeep Wrangler, which is currently available in the US with only a V6 despite a long history of offering a standard I4. Chrysler also limited four-banger availability in its minivan line-up.

[Source: Bloomberg via Detroit News]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah. Make it durable (like my 180,00 mile 1988 MR2), get me good gas mileage (again, MR2 - 38 MPG actual highway) and wrap the Dodge Razor around it.

      I don't need 4 doors or 4 seats to get to work. Drive the gas prices down. It is, after all, supply and demand.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about a diesel I-4 in the U.S.?
      • 8 Years Ago
      For putting a I4 under the 300C, I hope it got also enough torque. Come to think of it,it's strange then no one experimented a V4 car like Lancia, Ford of Europe and Saab did http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V4 althought the V4 is more popular for motorcycles and outboard engines. Imagine GM creating a V4 originated from the small-block Chevy or the Northstar, like the V6 Buick who got its origins from the V8 Buick. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buick_V6_engine
      • 8 Years Ago
      > I don't need 4 doors or 4 seats to get to work.
      > Drive the gas prices down. It is, after all, supply and demand.

      Then get a motorcycle/moped/unicycle. Idiot.

      I don't need a 4banger 2seater to get to work and another bigger car to drive my family around. I'd rather make one car payment. Maybe a lawnmower engine in a plastic box with no legroom works for you, driving by yourself to McDonalds from your basement apartment, but it doesn't work for me. Stop telling me what I should drive.

      HAND
      • 8 Years Ago
      I had a tj 4 banger, and it was so slow. I would never buy another, ever.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Since when did they say they're gonna make a I4 300?"

      they didn't......yet

      it does seem like a logical step. the 170hp 2.4l I4 should replace the 190hp 2.7l v6 at the low end for the sake of simplicity. why keep a, lets face it, bad V6 in the line-up when it can be replaced with a well engineered I4

      and by "hemi everything", i mean everything big enough to stick it in. their trucks, large cars, all their SUVs(the aspen is butt fugly, but that is another topic) afterall, likely 80% of the hemi Cs will run on 4 cylinders for the majority of their life.

      would seem like a logical step
      • 8 Years Ago
      The regular 2.4 in a 300C? No. The Caliber SRT-4's 300hp turbo 2.4 in a 300C? Yes. Just call it a '300T'.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about DCX drop the horrible 3.7/4.7 engines and replace with 'new' 4.0 V6 and something better than the 545RFE. That 'new' 6 speed automatic of their own design, perhaps.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Friggin hell, people, if you're going to make blanket statements like that, do some research.


      They'd rather just bash
      • 8 Years Ago
      Some people who haven't driven a 4 cylinder car since the days of awful Pintos and Vegas don't know what they're missing.

      There are some great 4 cylinder engines out there--especially those from Honda and Toyota. They're quick, smooth, and economical.

      I've never regretted buying the 4 cyl. Accord ('04 EX-L) which is plenty fast and gets great mileage, too.

      Anyone shopping for an new car should at least test drive a 4 before buying a V6 if a 4 is available.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How upsizing the transmission?
      The W5a580K, and 42RE both are obsolete.
      Make the 7g-tronic in kokomo, indiana. Fix up the 2.7 V6, add dual path intake manifold-like the 3.5(the 2.7 already has variable resonance) and dual exhaust (or at least dual mufflers) for a grand total of 205hp.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There is more S-class in the LX than E-class.
      The e-class had trailing link steering with a control arm suspension regardless of whether purely rear drive, or four wheel drive.
      The s-class (2000+) had leadling link steering, with virtual lower axis steering (That is what the LX has), and the 4matic had trailing link steering, without the virtual axis lower control arm (Again this is what the LX has)
      The e-class(pre 2003) and s-class(2000-2006) had the fuel tank high mounted behind the rear seats, not in the LX.
      The c-class has a 5 link rear suspenion (non co-axial springs/dampers), so does the pacifica, are they the same?
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