Ford and General Motors worked closely to develop a new generation of transmissions, two, in fact. Not only is the new ten-speed automatic a single fruit of both automakers’ labors, but a new nine-speed automatic is inbound, too.
The ten-speed gearbox will be reserved for rear-wheel drive vehicles, so expect to see it trickle into GM trucks and SUVs, plus performance vehicles. The nine-speed will be situated for front-wheel drive architecture, and that’s our topic here.
AutoGuide reports the 2017 model year Chevrolet Malibu Premier will be first to see the all-new, nine-speed automatic gearbox. A leaked document surfaced showing L, LS and LT trims soldiering on with the six-speed automatic, while the suave Premier trim will see the new gearbox. The final-drive ratio drops from 3.08 to 2.89 in the Premier, as well.
As we move through the summer months, we’ll likely hear more about the new transmission as the 2017 model year comes full swing.