Chrysler’s powertrain chief, Paolo Ferrero, has confirmed that the Ram 1500 half-ton pickup will receive the all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 in 2012, according to a tweet by WardsAuto.
The package will reportedly be paired with a much-needed five-speed automatic, over the four-speed auto available on the V6 petrol.
For the moment official power and torque figures for this Pentastar in the 2012 Ram 1500 hadn’t yet been released, but we are sure that the move will put Chrysler’s Ram trucks (formerly Dodge trucks) on a level field against the 2011 Ford F-150, which gained a version of the Dearborn automaker’s new ‘Cyclone’ Duratec V-6, a 3.7-liter engine making 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet and returning 17 mpg city, 23 highway.
Other Pentastar features include torque-activated cam phasers, a standard oil cooler and improved fuel economy. It’s likely we’ll see Fiat’s sophisticated Multi-Air valve timing system added to the engine down the road.
On the same time, the Jeep Wrangler will finally get the automaker’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 for the 2012 model year. Since 2007, the Wrangler has been fitted with a 3.8-liter V6 engine (which replaced the venerable 4.0-liter inline six) that has met with less than stellar reviews.
Even though the new engine will be more powerful, average fuel consumption figures of around 12L/100km are expected to remain.