Chrysler has a long history of going its own way in the automotive market when other companies are jumping on the bandwagon of a certain industry trend. According to Allpar, the company may be bucking the engine downsizing trend by attempting to shoehorn a version of the Pentastar V-6 under the hood of the Dodge Dart compact sedan.
The Chrysler enthusiast site claims that customer dissatisfaction with the 1.4-liter MultiAir turbo and its somewhat laggy throttle response have made the 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 the volume engine for the compact sedan. But with the 2.4 Tigershark being the bread-and-butter engine for the Dart, what are customers to do that want more power? A larger turbocharged I-4 than the 1.4 seems like it would be the logical next step for power-hungry customers, but Chrysler may leverage the high volume of its Pentastar V-6 production to give the Dart a more powerful engine option. The Dart shares some of its hardware and packaging with the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which offers a 3.2-liter Pentastar with 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. A 3.0-liter version designed specifically for overseas markets where displacements over 3.0 liters are heavily taxed, produces approximately 230 hp and 210 lb-ft.
Although a V-6 option in the compact Dart seems somewhat unlikely to us, Allpar correctly predicted the 6.4 Hemi V-8 in the Ram HD trucks, and has made some other correct predictions in the past. What do you think? Will the Dart get a V-6? Should it? Share your thoughts below.