Ford's EcoBoost engine has been getting a huge portion of the spotlight over the past weeks, and rightfully so. However, a few weeks ago at the New York International Auto Show, Chrysler unveiled a new engine of their own that might be able to steal some of the attention from the EcoBoost drivetrain.
The 3.6 liter Pentastar V6 bowed to the world in conjunction with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. According to the Executive VP of Product Development for Chrysler, this new engine will take the place of seven engines, each one different, in the current lineup across Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep. He went on to say, "Chrysler's all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine will offer our customers improved fuel economy, refinement and increased performance across the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicle lineup,"
The 3.6 liter V6 boasts very respectable figures, pushing out a 280 horsepower and 260lb/ft of torque. The latter is available from 1600rpm all the way to 6400rpm. These numbers represent a 33% increase in horsepower and 11% jump in torque. Along with the boost in power, the Pentastar engine will also return 11% better fuel economy as compared to the average of the previous engines.
The Chrysler design team also managed to engineer the new powerplant to run on both regular gasoline and E-85, without the usual loss of performance.
You can expect to see the first 3.6 liter Pentastar V6s in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
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