FCA Pentastar Production Hits 10 Million

TRENTON, Mich., Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

    --  Award-winning Pentastar engine family comprises six variations in three
        displacements that power half of all vehicles produced for Chrysler,
        Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Ram Commercial lineups
    --  Soon to be available in 16 FCA models across five brands and 10 vehicle
    --  Highly flexible design has enabled timely evolution with seamless
        integration of advanced technologies - from two-step variable valve lift
        to hybridization
    --  3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 contributes to 11 best-in-class U.S.-market
        fuel-economy ratings across four vehicle segments,** along with six
        unsurpassed ratings in three segments**
    --  Best-selling engine in Canada, with its subarctic climate, for six years
    --  Introduced in model-year 2011, Pentastar replaced seven engine families,
        benefiting FCA with significant economies of scale

The 10-millionth Pentastar engine was produced here today at FCA US LLC's Trenton Engine Complex.

Introduced as a 3.6-liter V-6 in 2010, the Pentastar engine family has accounted for six placings among the prestigious annual list of Wards 10 Best Engines and currently comprises six fuel-saving variations that feature technologies from Variable Valve Lift (VVL) to hybridization.

Acclaimed for it silky, torque-rich performance, today's 3.6-liter Pentastar is the common denominator among 11 current best-in-class fuel-economy ratings for U.S.-market, gasoline-powered vehicles equipped with V-6 engines. (See below.) These are in addition to its ownership of the all-time minivan-efficiency mark, achieved in Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.

Pentastars currently account for half the combined total of engines that power Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Ram Commercial vehicles. And with this year's launch of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup, they will be available in 16 models across 10 vehicle segments.**

"The Pentastar family has all the hallmarks of an enduring icon," said Bob Lee, Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion, and Systems Engineering, FCA - North America. "We upped the ante among high-volume, mainstream-market, V-6 engines. And our customers won big."

Pentastar design distinguishes itself with innovative features ranging from a completely integrated exhaust manifold, to environmentally friendlier oil-filter cartridges made from paper. And with little or no modification, Pentastar engines can accommodate longitudinal or transverse mounting; front-, rear-, and all-wheel-drive architectures; as well as automatic and manual transmissions.

Within four years of launch, this flexibility helped FCA replace seven six-cylinder engine families with a single V-6 design that lends responsiveness and fuel efficiency to every vehicle in which it is offered. These two attributes were key targets for the 2015 introduction of an upgraded 3.6-liter Pentastar, which boasts cooled exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) for greater efficiency, particularly under high load situations.

Further, the second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar delivers a torque boost of up to 14.9 percent at engines speeds below 3,000 rpm - where torque really counts. FCA US also enhanced fuel economy and refinement with the addition of two-step variable valve lift (VVL).

Said Lee: "Pentastar engines do exactly what they were engineered to do. They deliver satisfying experiences in a wide range of driving conditions."

In Canada, where most of the country's climate is classified as subarctic, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is the best-selling engine for six years running.

For the 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup, the second-generation 3.6-liter Pentastar was adapted to accommodate the eTorque mild-hybrid system. It not only adds fuel-saving stop-start functionality that is seamless, it increases available torque, in short bursts, by up to 90 lb.-ft.

The eTorque-equipped Pentastar is also the latest member of the celebrated V-6 family to be named one of Wards 10 Best Engines. The remaining Pentastar family members are:

    --  3.6-liter V-6 hybrid in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
    --  3.6-liter V-6 (first- and second-generation)
    --  3.2-liter V-6, which is exclusive to the Jeep Cherokee
    --  3.0-liter V-6, which is exclusive to China

Among model-year 2019 U.S.-market gasoline-powered vehicles with V-6 engines, the 3.6-liter Pentastar contributes to best-in-class, miles-per-gallon (mpg) ratings in these vehicle segments**:

Middle Specialty Car

    --  Dodge Challenger - combined city/highway cycle (23 mpg)
    --  Dodge Challenger - highway cycle (30 mpg)

Large Regular Car

    --  Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 - combined city/highway cyle (23 mpg)
    --  Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 - highway cycle (30 mpg)
    --  Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300 - city cycle (19 mpg)

Small Sport Utility

    --  Jeep Wrangler - combined city/highway cycle (20 mpg)
    --  Jeep Wrangler - highway cycle (25 mpg)
    --  Jeep Wrangler - city cycle (18 mpg)

Middle Sport Utility

    --  Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango - combined cycle (21 mpg)
    --  Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango - highway cycle (26 mpg)
    --  Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango - city cycle (19 mpg)

Among current U.S.-market gasoline-powered vehicles with V-6 engines, the 3.6-liter Pentastar contributes to unsurpassed fuel-economy ratings in these vehicle segments**:

Middle Specialty

    --  Dodge Challenger - city cycle (19 mpg)

Small Van

    --  Chrysler Pacifica - combined mpg (22)
    --  Chrysler Pacifica - highway mpg (28)
    --  Chrysler Pacifica - city mpg (19)

Large Pickup

    --  Ram 1500 (with eTorque mild-hybrid technology) - combined city/highway
        cycle (22 mpg)
    --  Ram 1500 (with eTorque mild-hybrid technology) -city cycle (20 mpg)

** 2019 WardsAuto Segmentation

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