There’s so much that is great on the horizon for automaker General Motors. By the end of 2017, GM hopes to have released its new 9T50 nine-speed automatic transmission on up to 10 models. Together with Ford, GM created the HydraMatic 9T50, which will be used on four Chevy models. It is believed the first to receive the new 9-speed automatic transmission will be the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, followed by the 2017 Cruze Diesel and the 2018 Equinox. Fuel economy improvements are suggested to be gained with the bump up from six- to nine-speeds.
GM Vice President of Global Propulsion Systems Dan Nicholson said, “In addition to improved fuel efficiency, the 9T50 nine-speed is paired with the available 2.0L Turbo engine in the Malibu, contributing to an EPA-estimated 33 mph on the highway–a 3 percent increase over the 2016 model with the eight-speed automatic.”
The 9T50 nine-speed is wider and has a 7.5:1 overall ratio, as opposed to the 6.0:1 ratio of the GM six-speed. The 0.62 top gear will make lower-rpm highway driving a reality. This comes at the same time as the announcement of the 10-speed automatic transmission GM is making available with the Chevy Camaro ZL1 and the Ford F-150 EcoBoost 3.5, as well as the Raptor. GM Authority recently broke down the way to decode their 10LXX transmission: where 10 equals 10 forward gears and L is longitudinal placement within the powertrain, and XX measures robustness.
The end result is expected to be of course once again a higher fuel economy and better performance than the Hydra-Matic eight-speeds and six-speeds that are powering current models. What else can you count on to make your Ford run better? GM’s first one-way clutch will work in tandem to ensure torque is held and space is conserved. Get pumped for the first available 9T50 nine-speeds coming your way soon. Visit your local AutoNation dealership to test out all the great available 2017 Ford and GM models today.