Chevrolet reveals new 9-speed automatic for India-bound Cruze
It will be paired with the second-gen Cruze's new 1.6-litre diesel
American automaker Chevrolet has revealed its brand-new nine-speed automatic transmission – Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed – which will be available in the new Cruze diesel. It was developed from the ground up by General Motors and it is GM's first nine-speed unit. The automaker highlighted in an official release that the 9T50 is relatively smaller is size (roughly the same size as a six-speed transmission) and is designed to optimise efficiency, performance and refinement.
Dan Nicholson, vice president, global propulsion systems, said, "In addition to improved fuel efficiency, the 9T50 offers a strong overall balance of performance and refinement that customers will feel at all driving speeds. By the end of 2017, Chevrolet will offer four models with the new nine-speed."
Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet marketing, said, "Everything about the new nine-speed is designed to maximise 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."
The second-generation Cruze petrol is already on sale in the American market, while the diesel version, which was announced recently, will go on sale in the first half of 2017. Speaking of its Indian launch, we expect Chevrolet to launch the new Cruze later next year in the country. And in all probability, it will come with the new 1.6-litre diesel and this 9T50 nine-speed auto along with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol in the country.
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