Jeep replaces CVT with 6-speed automatic for Compass and Patriot

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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Both Automotive News and are reporting that the upcoming 2014 Jeep Compass and Patriot models will have their Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVTs) replaced with new torque-converted six-speed automatic gearboxes.

CVTs have come under fire for having a "rubber band" like response that produces a droning engine note, although the fuel-friendly single-speed transmission type has become a popular alternative to traditional automatics with efficiency-robbing torque converters due to improved economy. Jatco, which is jointly owned by Nissan and Mitsubishi, is responsible for making the majority of CVTs on the market including the one used in the Jeep SUVs, which was the same as used in the now discontinued Dodge Caliber.

The new six-speed automatic comes via South Korean giant Hyundai and Canadian auto parts supplier Magna, and has been specifically designed to work with a DynaMax AWD system already in use in the Hyundai ix35 in other markets, and Kia Sportage globally and here at home. Chrysler group currently purchases the optional six-speed automatic transmission used in the Dodge Dart from Powertech, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hyundai, so the new Compass and Patriot transmissions effectively expands on that deal.

Showing just how important Jeep felt the need was to swap from the CVT to the new six-speed automatic, consider that both Compass and Patriot will end production after the 2014 model year. It's possible that the new transmission will play a part in their upcoming replacement(s), which means that some monies spent on applying them to the current Jeep compact architecture won't be lost, but it's unusual to upgrade a model's powertrain so significantly in its final year.

Additionally to the new six-speed transmission, expected available features in the 2014 Compass and Patriot include a reverse camera and powered liftgate.

Production of the revised Jeep compact crossover SUVs begins in March with sales expected this summer.
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Topics: Jeep, 2014, Compass, Patriot, Transmission,

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