FCA Pentastar Production Hits 10 Million | Yukon, OK
A monumental moment occurred at FCA US LLC’s Trenton Engine Complex recently — the award-winning Pentastar engine hit the 10 million mark in production.
The Pentastar engine made its debut in 2010 as a 3.6-liter V6. Within four years, it replaced seven of FCA’s six-cylinder engines. Now, the Pentastar powers half of all vehicles produced for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep®, Ram and Ram Commercial lineups.
The Pentastar’s flexibility is the reason it comprises 6 variations that will cover 10 vehicle segments for the 2020 lineup. From the hybridization on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid to the power of the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator, the Pentastar provides fuel efficiency and high torque performance.
The design allowed for evolution over the years. The Pentastar engine has featured innovations like environmentally friendlier oil-filter cartridges and a completely integrated exhaust manifold. It’s even adaptable enough to accommodate different mounting structures — front, rear, and all-wheel-drive architectures, along with automatic and manual transmissions.
The durable V6 touts 11 current best-in-class fuel-economy ratings for U.S.-market, gasoline-powered vehicles, all the way up to 30 mpg highway on the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger.
Ward’s 10 Best Engines awarded six placings over the years to the Pentastar, including the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. The brand new eTorque Mild Hybrid System-equipped Pentastar, available on the 2019 Ram 1500 full-size pickup, is the newest member to join Ward’s top 10 list. It joins the original and second generation 3.6-liter V6s as well as a Jeep® Cherokee-exclusive 3.2-liter V6 and a China-exclusive 3.0-liter V6.
In Canada and its subarctic environment, the Pentastar engine has been the best-selling engine for six years running.
The head of engines at FCA – North America, Bob Lee, said “We upped the ante among high-volume, mainstream-market, V6 engines. And our customers won big.” 2020 will feature 16 FCA models with the Pentastar engine — from large pickup trucks to small vans.
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