Chrysler’s award-winning powerplant, the famous 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 unit, reaches a remarkable milestone as the production passes the three million mark. Launched in 2011, this engine quickly became the brand’s favorite, powering almost half of the Chrysler Group vehicles.
The 3.6-liter Chrysler Pentastar V6 is being produced at Chrysler Group’s Trenton Engine Complex in Michigan, and Saltillo South Engine Plant in Mexico. Together they make 1million engines every year, or an astonishing one every six minutes.
The 3.6-liter Pentastar was introduced in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee an since then it has won up to fourteen prizes and accolades, including being chosen one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for three years running. The engine also boasts 22 best-in-class benchmarks.
The Pentastar family currently powers Chrysler Group’s vehicles including the Ram 1500 pickup, Cargo Van and ProMaster full-size van; Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan, 200 convertible and 300 full-size sedan; Jeep Grand Cherokee; Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan, Challenger sport coupe, Charger sport sedan, Charger Pursuit police vehicle, Grand Caravan minivan, Durango full-size SUV and Journey mid-size crossover.
“The 3.6-liter Pentastar not only has provided our many customers with billions of miles of reliable service and driving enjoyment, it is testament to our powertrain engineering prowess,” said Bob Lee, Chrysler Group Vice President and Head of Engine, Powertrain and Electrified Propulsion Systems Engineering. “With minimal modification, this engine delivers world-class performance in multiple applications. While our customers benefit from its wide range of capabilities, Chrysler Group benefits from economies of scale.”