Marchionne: 2012 Wrangler to get Pentastar V6, more details on compact Dodge sedan

2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Besides revealing that he is considering a Maserati and Alfa Romeo SUV based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Sergio Marchionne let the media and analysts in on a lot of other interesting tidbits about the future of Chrysler and Fiat during the Auburn Hills automaker’s third-quarter sales announcement yesterday.

During the announcement, Marchionne also confirmed that the 2012 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited will both get the company’s new Pentastar V6, which made its debut in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While the 2011 Jeep Wrangler gets some significant upgrades, it still carries the same 202-hp 3.8L V6 as the outgoing model. Chrysler’s Pentastar V6 offers anywhere between 283-hp to 305-hp (2011 Dodge Challenger).

Marchionne also gave out some facts on the upcoming compact Dodge. What exactly did he say?

  • The compact Dodge will be a sedan not a hatchback.
  • It will be based on the same platform as the Alfa Romeo Giuletta.
  • That platform will also underpin all future Chrysler C and D-segment vehicles.
  • Compact Dodge will go into production in early 2012 at Belvidere, Ill.

2011 Jeep Wrangler / 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited:

– By: Omar Rana

Source: KickingTires