Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 engine is developed in a new $364 million facility in Trenton, Mich. part of the $730 million spent on the Pentastar program. All that money seems to be a good investment for the Auburn Hills automaker since the engine will be available in 13 models by 2014, the company announced Thursday.
Current and upcoming vehicles to get Chrysler Pentastar V6 include:
- 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 making 290-hp.
- 2011 Dodge Charger: Powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 making 292-hp (42-hp more than outgoing model).
- 2011 Dodge Durango: Powered by a 3.6L Pentastar V6 producing 290-hp.
- 2011 Chrysler Town & Country: Powered by 3.6L Pentastar V6 making 283-hp.
- 2011 Dodge Journey: Powered by Pentastar V6 engine producing 283-hp.
- 2011 Dodge Avenger: Range-topping model powered by 283-hp Pentastar V6.
- 2011 Chrysler 200: Range-topping model powered by 283-hp Pentastar V6.
- 2011 Dodge Challenger: Base model powered by 3.6L Pentastar V6 making 305-hp.
Chrysler says fuel efficiency improvement will average up to 7 percent across the model range with a Pentastar V6. By 2014, Chrysler Pentastar V6 will power more than third of the company’s lineup and will contribute to an overall corporate fuel efficiency improvement of 25 percent.
“We feel the new Pentastar V-6 represents the best technology to deliver exceptional refinement, fuel economy and performance,” Lee said. “This engine allows increased flexibility to apply new technologies while providing significant cost savings to the company by substituting the state-of-the-art Pentastar for previous V-6 engines.”
Later in the future, the 3.6L version will be joined by 3 liters and 4 liters displacements. The V6 will gradually phase out seven V6 legacy engines ranging from 2.7 ““ liters, up to 4.0 ““ liters in the current product portfolio.
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Detroit News