• Nov 9th 2010 at 10:34AM
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It looks like the Jeep Wrangler family will be the next Chrysler bloodline to benefit from the company's excellent new Pentastar V6. Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler CEO, broke the news during the company's third-quarter financial announcement. The new powerplant will likely pack somewhere between 283 and 305 horsepower depending on the tune, and will make for a substantial bump in grunt over the current 202-pony 3.8-liter V6 currently available in the Wrangler.

Still, it will be a good long while before buyers can sink their teeth into the new engine. Marchionne made it clear that the Pentastar won't be available under the Wrangler hood until the 2012 model year.

[Source: Kicking Tires]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      they changed the hood on the fiesta, but this has a similar hood than the european fiesta.

      will we ever understand the americans?
      do they know what they're doing?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you ever realize why your ranking is so low? NOBODY LIKES YOU! Not even the Europeans it seems.

        You always make every one of your comments an insult to us Americans. What's even more hilarious is that the majority of the time it's false information. This hood looks absolutely nothing like the Fiesta's. And even if it did, Jeep had it first. The hood hasn't changed since the Jeep Willys was introduced. So Ford EUROPE would be copying an American manufacturer. The Fiesta was developed by both Ford UK and Ford Germany. The USDM Fiesta still has the Euro-spec hood. Therefore, this has nothing to do with Americans copying anything.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sergio - Give us a freakin Diesel!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stop with the BS and just give us a freakin' CRD Diesel! The rest of the world gets it(with start/stop tech ontop of that) except for us! C'mon!
      I don't want 300HP, I don't want 400HP. I want a small torquey diesel that will let me break into the 20s in MPG.

      I am ready to trade in my '08 Unlimited Rubicon as soon as they give me what I want.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love my 2005 Liberty Diesel!!!!! Guess I got in when they just made a few.....would love the same in my Wrangler!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you're kidding yourself. I have a 2010 Wrangler and currently get 16.3mpg with mostly around town driving. I've read a couple long-term tests of the Grand Cherokee Diesel and they report an average MPG of 18. So where's the huge difference that will offset the diesel costs? And other than having some nice bottom-end torque, the vehicle isn't any faster than a gas-powered version. Personally, I just don't see how the expectations that most people have are anywhere near reality.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Uh, ok. Who said anything about a Grand Cherokee? A Jeep Wrangler CRD gets about 34MPG on the highway."

        miles per *Imperial* gallon, not U.S. gallon. Imperial gallons are 20% greater. And the EC Extra Urban fuel economy drive cycle is quite different than the EPA test, so you can't just convert units and have a meaningful comparison.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 3.6 is a great start but I am with the others a nice small diesel that is geared towered MPG's would be the best way to go!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Put me down for a diesel when / if it ever happens. I'd also like to see them build a pickup like they have shown a couple of times. I'm visiting Australia at the moment and I have seen a few of the diesel Toyota Landcruiser 79 Series pickups running around, something like that is what I want.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So no word on the Patriot Multiair/transmissions then?

      I guess I understand that, since Multiair is so new. The Wrangler absolutely needs the Pentastar. Not because it isn't good without it, but because with it the Wrangler will be infinitely better.

      I'm very interested to see the Wrangler's 2011 fuel economy and power/torque ratings next summer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      New Pentastar will jump sales volume for the product ! Good move.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is about time. That last engine was better suited as a boat anchor. Terribly inefficient and low on power.

      Marchionne should also consider a DIESEL (!!!) for the US market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dropping the old 4.0 was a crying shame. I hope this engine can provide some of the same low end power of the old 4.0.

      A nice little diesel from FIAT would be a real win though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly, we've got a Liberty CRD w/ the V.M.Motori turbo diesel and it gets great mileage and has a bunch of torque...DIESEL JEEP PLEASE !
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ patrick clement

        I just laughed at your comment.

        "and like all four bangers, its begging for more cylinders"

        Like ALL four cylinders. Yeah. Ummm no.

        I can think of plenty of four pots that don't need more cylinders and perform just fine with 4.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 5 cylinder would be awesome, much smoother than the 4 cylinder through the mid range while still being relatively small.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AWESOME!!!!! 283hp to 305hp in the Jeep Wrangler, and significantly better fuel mileage, when the hell can I put down my deposit?

      "Still, it will be a good long while before buyers can sink their teeth into the new engine. Marchionne made it clear that the Pentastar won't be available under the Wrangler hood until the 2012 model year."

      2012 model year vehicles will be all be released by around this time in 2011, so it's not that far away.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm curious if it will use the same transmissions or not.

      I hope it gets a new auto, but I love the 6-spd.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope it is better then the 2.8 CRD that Jeep used in the Liberty for 2 years. I own one,not bad in the power dept. but spends WAY too much time at the dealer. Thank god for the 7/70 warrantee that I bought with it. Maybe that will figure the prob . out be for it runs out!
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