Chrysler launches V6 production

  • 31-Mar-2010 04:47 EDT
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A South Engine Plant employee installs the upper intake on the Chrysler Group LLC’s new Pentastar V6 engine.

Chrysler on March 19 celebrated the launch of its all-new Pentastar V6 engine at the Trenton, MI, South Engine Plant.

The flex-fuel Pentastar V6 is the most advanced V6 engine it has ever made, according to the company. The new line of engines will contribute to an overall fuel-efficiency improvement of more than 25% across the Chrysler, Ram Truck, Jeep, and Dodge product lineup. The first application of this engine will be in the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, due out in the second quarter of this year. Ultimately, it will replace seven current Chrysler Group V6 engines.

The engine uses advanced technologies from the Fiat alliance, such as Multiair, direct-injection, and turbocharging.

The start of production at Trenton South represents one piece of the Chrysler Group’s revamped powertrain strategy.

In December 2009, the company announced that it would invest $179 million in its Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance plant in Dundee, MI, to produce the 1.4-L, 16-valve Fully Integrated Robotized Engine.

Together, these two plants, with a combined investment of nearly $1 billion, position Michigan at the center of Chrysler Group’s powertrain offensive.

Chrysler Group announced a $730 million investment in the Pentastar program when it broke ground on the all-new 822,000-ft² (23,000-m²) facility in May 2007. The plant will have an annual manufacturing capacity of more than 400,000 engines.

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