Exclusive to China, the new 3.0-liter Pentastar V6 introduced at the Chengdu Motor Show is the seventh offering of the architecture and will debut in the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Wrangler.
The Pentastar architecture distinguishes itself with flexibility that can best be described as “plug-and-play.” With little or no modification, the 3.6-liter version accommodates longitudinal and transverse orientations; front-wheel-, rear-wheel-, all-wheel- and four-wheel-drive systems; and 6-speed manual and 6-, 8- and 9-speed automatic transmissions.
“The Pentastar program is a milestone in Chrysler Group’s ongoing journey,” said Bob Lee, Vice President and Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering. “It not only is proof positive of our technical proficiency, it is tangible evidence of our deep-rooted commitment to excellence in powertrain development.”
“As the old adage goes, there has never been a great car that did not have a great engine,” added Lee. “Pentastar engines enhance every vehicle in which they are offered.”
Production of the 3.0-liter Pentastar launched July 3 at Chrysler Group’s engine plant in Trenton, MI – home to the 3.6-liter and 3.2-liter versions. The plant began shipping the engines July 22. The 3.0-liter V-6 generates 230 horsepower at 6,350 rpm. Its peak torque – 210 lb.-ft . (285 Nm) – arrives at 4,400 rpm.
Since 2009, Chrysler Group has invested more than $2.2 billion in projects that benefit the production of advanced engines and transmissions – nearly half of the company’s total investment in manufacturing.