Pentastar V-6 Production Surges Past Five Million
Fiat Chrysler V-6 Appears in Most of Company’s Vehicles
Thanks to its ubiquity within the Fiat Chrysler (FCA) lineup, the Pentastar family of V-6 engines hit an important milestone earlier this month, with the 5-millionth engine getting slotted into an FCA vehicle.
Available in 14 different vehicles across the Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, and Jeep brands, the Pentastar was installed in a staggering 47 percent of FCA’s vehicles since the start of the year. What’s doubly impressive is that the engine shows up in everything from fuel-efficient midsize sedans like the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger to the reasonably capable Ram 1500 pickup, showing the motor’s versatility.
Obviously, one of our favorite applications of the Pentastar is in the Jeep Wrangler. Equipped with a six-speed manual, the 3.6L V-6 makes the Wrangler even more fun than it already is, and it gave the off-roader a much-needed shot in the arm in terms of power and fuel economy when it replaced Chrysler’s aged 3.8L V-6 for the 2012 model year.
Also available are the 3.2L Pentastar, which powers some versions of the Jeep Cherokee, and the 3.0L Pentastar, which is available in China for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Wrangler, and Chrysler 300. FCA claims that the Pentastar is partly to credit for numerous best-in-class benchmarks, such as standard V-6 horsepower in a fullsize van (Ram ProMaster) and gas V-6 driving range (Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango).
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles