First we saw Chrysler’s Pentastar V-6 in 3.6-liter form, then as a 3.2-liter engine. Now the automaker has announced a 3.0-liter Pentastar V-6 that will see duty under the hoods of 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokees and 2014 Jeep Wranglers sold in China.
The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 is used in everything from the Chrysler 200 (283 hp, 260 lb-ft of torque) to the Ram 1500 (305 hp, 269 lb-ft), while the 2014 Jeep Cherokee offers a 3.2-liter variant that produces 271 hp and 239 lb-ft. As Chrysler notes, the engine family works with front-, all-, or rear-wheel drive, and with six-speed manuals or six-nine-speed automatics.
The new 3.0-liter V-6 produces 230 hp at 6350 rpm and 210 lb-ft at 4400 rpm. Built in Michigan, the engine is said to have an intake manifold that features low-rumble tuning. With the 3.2-liter V-6 around, don’t expect the 3.0-liter version to show up in a U.S.-spec car anytime soon. The 3.2-liter V-6 will next be featured in Chrysler’s upcoming 200 midsize sedan replacement and, as with the 2014 Cherokee, mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission to increase EPA-rated efficiency.
Can you see any reason for Chrysler to introduce the 3.0-liter V-6 in the U.S.? In what car would you want to see the engine, if at all?
The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2013 Jeep Wrangler are shown below.