Jeep | June 03 2014

Engineering a winner

When plans to build the 2014 Jeep® Cherokee began taking shape, opportunity came knocking for the powertrain group with a one-of-a-kind challenge: The Cherokee’s all-new architecture would require creating a whole new powertrain architecture, as well.

That call for innovation began the journey toward the award-winning Power Transfer Unit, or PTU powertrain system – unique to the Jeep Cherokee.  Director of Manual Transmission, Drivetrain and Axle Engineering Michael Kirk picks up the story from there: