Continental has introduced a new line of active grill shutters for popular Ford and Chrysler models.
Previously available as a dealer-only part, Continental active grill shutters now are available to the aftermarket for direct replacement on popular Chrysler and Ford models.
Continental currently offers 18 part numbers covering more than 16 million Chrysler, Ford and Lincoln VIO from 2012-2020. Key applications include the Chrysler 200; the Ford Focus, Escape, Mustang, Explorer, F-150 and Fusion; and Lincoln MKZ.
Continental expects to expand coverage for its active grill shutters to more than 100 part numbers in 2022.
“Continental developed this line of active grill shutters to meet the rising demand for affordable replacement parts for sophisticated vehicle systems, like engine cooling,” said Christina Bergstrom, senior product manager. “These shutters provide the same operation as the OE part, and ensure the vehicles function at the proper temperatures, improving fuel economy.”
Active grill shutters play an important part in improve vehicle fuel efficiency by maintaining ideal engine operating temperatures. They open at lower speeds to help keep the engine cool and close at higher speeds to reduce drag. They also assist in engine warm-up by retaining heat while the vehicle is parked.