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Chrysler to Add Turbos, Direct Injection to Pentastar V-6 Range

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/9/2014 Kelly Pleskot

To meet stricter fuel economy standards, Chrysler Group will update its Pentastar V-6 lineup with turbocharging and direct injection.

Expect to see the change beginning in late 2015, when a refreshed Jeep Grand Cherokee debuts with an upgraded 3.6-liter V-6. Part of Chrysler's strategy may include turbocharging on engines that are now naturally-aspirated, according to a report from Automotive News.

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland

The following year, a new-generation Chrysler Town & Country will come equipped with a 3.2-liter V-6 that will replace the current model's 3.6-liter engine. The new engine will be paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, which should help the minivan achieve a 25-percent improvement in fuel economy over its current 17/25 mpg city/highway EPA rating, along with improved aerodynamics and a reduction in weight.

Chrysler's Pentastar engine technology was introduced in 2010 on the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Now, the engines can be seen on everything from the company's midsize cars like the Chrysler 200 to its full-size commercial vans like the Ram ProMaster. The 3.6-liter Pentastar is standard on key models including the Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Wrangler, and Ram 1500.

Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)


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