Chrysler has officially begun production of its new ‘Pentastar’ (Phoenix) V-6 engine at the automaker’s Trenton South Engine Plant in Michigan. The new V-6 will launch in the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee later this year, and will ultimately replace a total of seven V-6 engines that Chrysler Group currently uses in its lineup.
In its initial form, the PZEV 3.6-liter Pentastar engine will feature all-aluminum construction with flexfuel capability, being able to run on either E85 ethanol or regular 87-octane gasoline. It will produce 280 horsepower at 6400 rpm, along with 260 pound-feet of torque at 4800 rpm. According to Chrysler, 90 percent of peak torque is available from 1600 to 6400 rpm.
Chrysler says it expects the Pentastar engine to improve overall fuel efficiency in its Chrysler, Ram Truck, Jeep, and Dodge lineups by more than 25 percent, while offering improved power. Additionally, Chrysler has plans to incorporate advanced technologies from Fiat in future versions of the Pentastar with varying displacements, including the Italian automaker’s Multiair, direct-injection, and turbocharging systems.
“The Pentastar engine is a cornerstone of Chrysler’s efforts to re-invent its business model with strong, brand-focused, world-class quality products,” said Scott Garberding, head of manufacturing for Chrysler. “The new Trenton South plant demonstrates the Chrysler Group’s commitment to supporting economic development in Michigan.”