Each year, Ward's magazine offers their list of the 10 best engines of the year. For 2014, Chrysler is proud to have two of it's powertrains appearing on that list.
First there is teh 3.0-litre V6 Ecodiesel engine. With an output of 240 horsepower, this engine is offered in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the RAM 1500. Moreover, the RAM is the only full-sized light truck that offer a clean diesel engine anywhere in the North American market.
"Quiet, strong and as smooth as the diesels we’ve been testing in luxury cars, the Ram 3.0L V-6 works in perfect harmony with Chrysler’s standard 8-speed transmission to deliver an unbeatable combination of power and efficiency," said Drew Winter, editor-in-chief of WardsAuto Worls magazine. "Thanks to advanced emissions-control technology, its exhaust is ultra-clean, making this engine available in all 50 states. If you’re planning serious work or play, the Ram EcoDiesel really makes sense."
The second of Chrysler's powertrains on the list is the Fiat 500-e, which powers the little Italian electric car. The engine delivers 111 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque. It's range is 87 miles (139 km) on a single charge, the best in it's class. It takes less than four hours to recharge the batteries on a 240-volt outlet. This is the first time an electric motor has made the list.
The owners of these cars will spend about $500 per year to keep them moving, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) but this is only one side of the story. "If the 500-e can go fast enough to get a speeding ticket, then it must be taken seriously," daid Tom Murphy, executive editor of the magazine. "The 83 kw electric motor makes the small 500-e a good city car, that is also good on the highway, easily reaching 80 miles per hour. As stated by one of our editors, it rolls wild."
This is not the first time that Chrysler has been recognized for it's engines. The 3.6-litre Pentastar was among the winners for the past three years, while the 5.7-litre HEMI V8 won five years in a row, from 2003 to 2007.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca