• Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
  • Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
  • Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
  • Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
  • Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
  • Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
  • Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
  • Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
  • Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
  • Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
  • Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
  • Trenton � March 19, 2010 � Chrysler Group Head of Manufacturing Scott Garberding, right, Don DeKeyser, Head of Trenton South Engine Plant, second from right, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, left, and Tim Bressler, UAW Chrysler Department Assistant Director, celebrate the LEED Gold Certification awarded to the all-new Trenton South Engine Plant for demonstrating Chrysler's dedication to the environment and surrounding communities. The plant will produce the all-new Pentastar V-6 engine which improves flexibility and fuel efficiency for future Chrysler vehicles. (Joe Wilssens photo) For more information contact Jodi Tinson at 248-512-2944.
  • Trenton � March 19, 2010 � Don DeKeyser, Head of Trenton South Engine Plant, right, shows Chrysler Group LLC's all-new engine plant to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, center, during a celebration event at the facility today. Trenton South Engine Plant is the first engine manufacturing facility to receive LEED Gold certification and demonstrates Chrysler's dedication to the environment and surrounding communities. The plant will produce the all-new Pentastar V-6 engine which improves flexibility and fuel efficiency for future Chrysler vehicles. Trenton South Engine Plant Assembler Joe Simon, left, checks oil levels and removes head ID bolts. (Joe Wilssens photo) For more information contact Jodi Tinson at 248-512-2944.
  • Trenton � March 19, 2010 � Don DeKeyser, Head of Trenton South Engine Plant, right, shows Chrysler Group LLC's all-new engine plant to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, left, and Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano during a celebration event at the facility today. Trenton South Engine Plant is the first engine manufacturing facility to receive LEED Gold certification and demonstrates Chrysler's dedication to the environment and surrounding communities. The plant will produce the all-new Pentastar V-6 engine which improves flexibility and fuel efficiency for future Chrysler vehicles. (Joe Wilssens photo) For more information contact Jodi Tinson at 248-512-2944.
  • Chrysler Trenton Engine Plant, Trenton, Michigan
The Pentastar V6 has been Chrysler's magic bullet as of late, combining solid power and impressive fuel efficiency. The do-all powerplant has found its way into a just about any Chrysler Group vehicle with an engine bay to accept it. Jeep and Journey alike have enjoyed the benefits of the dual-overhead cam 3.6-liter mill.

Chrysler is pondering an investment of $200 million into its Detroit Mack I facility to increase Pentastar production. Meanwhile, Chrysler plans to halt production of the aging 3.7-liter V6 at the Mack II facility. The 200 employees that were laid off by the idling of Mack II will be reemployed at other Chrysler Group facilities in the area.

According to the Automotive News report, if an agreement can be reached with the local government, the Mack I plant would switch over from producing the 4.7-liter V8 to the popular 3.6-liter Pentastar engine. Currently, the Pentastar is also produced in Trenton, Michigan, and Saltillo, Mexico.

If the proposal was approved, Chrysler will not only produce the 3.6-liter version of the Pentastar, but also intends on building variants with different displacements.

Chrysler canceled its usual summer shutdown, and the Trenton and Saltillo facilities have been working overtime to meet demand for the popular engine.



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      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if this means the 3.2 liter Pentastar V6 is coming soon. http://www.pentastars.com/
      peteee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want my 2012 Wrangler boosted =)
      • 2 Years Ago
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        ShiftItManual
        • 2 Years Ago
        They now have the Tiger Shark for those kinds of displacements.
        Abarthlyness
        • 2 Years Ago
        Right... because no other car companies making cars for the North American market are making similarly sized V6 engines. Why is this such mind boggling news for you here. Toyota, Honda, GM, Ford... all make a 3.5-3.7 liter V6. Maybe it was not your intent to single out the PentaStar... but you are commenting on your disgust of the "obscenely huge" displacement of THIS particular engine.
        Paul P.
        • 2 Years Ago
        3.6L isn't huge, at least not from what we're used to in the states. For an engine that is shared across so many platforms (everything from small cars to full size trucks), it's roughly average. I mean, smallest automobile engine in my household is 3.3L, with the largest being a 7.3L turbo diesel. Hell, even my lawnmower is nearly a liter.
          • 2 Years Ago
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        Carma Racing
        • 2 Years Ago
        Huge? Where are you from? My wife's car has a 6L. Do you live somewhere where they tax you according to displacement?
          • 2 Years Ago
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      Dart
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad to hear they are boosting 3.6L production. I have a Pentastar in my Lux Avenger, and it's a whole lot of power in that FWD platfrom. The EPA numbers are not accurate IME. On 5 hour road trips I have handily gotten 32mpg with the cruise control set @ 75mph, and have seen as much as 34-35mpg with the cruise set at lower speeds of 60-65mph. As fun as it is, I think the forthcoming 3.2L version will be a better engine for the average consumer in the FWD midsize cars, especially if mated to the ZF 9 spd or 6 spd dual clutch trans. The head problems were only in the early production engines that were coming out or Saltillo, according to AllPar. On a side note, I am sad to see the 4.7L going away. I understand that in the grand scheme of things it doesn't have a business case with the advances in Pentastar and HEMI design, plus the demise of the Dakota. However, I've had two 4.7s, and they are rock solid engines that get good mileage (24mpg on the hwy w/ cruise control in my Dakota).
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good we need more job's in the Detroit area,Happy B-Day DeeTroit !!!
      Dede Aung
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kudos to Chrysler for NOT going down the down-sized and turbocharged route. A 2.0 Turbo which makes similar power simply DOES NOT get better mpg. Finally, an answer to Toyota's equally brilliant 3.5 V6 2GR-FE.
      Justin
      • 2 Years Ago
      "According to the Automotive News report, if an agreement can be reached with the local government, the Mack I plant would switch over from producing the 4.7-liter V8 to the popular 3.6-liter Pentastar engine. " What kind of agreement?
        StephenT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        I've been away from Chrysler for a little over 5 years now but I thought they had already stopped 4.7 production. I thought the Dakota was the last thing to have that engine in it.
      Bill Burke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Logic, business smarts, market projections and common sense would support the decision to repurpose this plant. With Chrysler incorporating the Pentastar engine and projected future variations into it's whole line of vehicles and unless something totally unexpected were to happen, the proposal is vital to Chrysler in the near future. With Fiat support Chrysler has been put on the fast track to world class systems and components and is quickly gaining a reputation as a company with leading edge assets of unusually high reliability and technological leadership. One drive in the 2012 Chrysler 300 with the Pentastar V-6 with the 8 speed automatic will convience even the most skeptic as to how far Chrysler has come. The Pentastar engine is a keystone to that progress. Approval is essential and the local officals should make every effort to move this along as a clear "win-win" for everyone.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      That'd be a good idea. The Pentastar is a nice engine.
      derek0609
      • 2 Years Ago
      She ain't a perfect engine, I know that first hand! Just bought a 2012 Dodge Journey with a Pentastar, 204 miles on the odometer and it leaked oil (125 miles at delivery) Chrysler original thought it was a rear main seal, but that didn't work so I got a full engine replacement. The final conclusion was a crankshaft with a bad casting......150 miles are on this motor, my fingers are crossed!
      Darrell Flippin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bought a 2012 Dodge Charger SXT with 3.6 engine and 8 speed tranny in September...4 months later have 11500 miles on it and love it!!! I run around with car loaded with parts and get a city/hw avg of 26.5mpg, and get over 31 on the highway! Lots of power, great looks, great performance...this car beats the heck out of the 2009 Malibu LTZ w/3.6 engine and 6 speed tranny that I traded in on the Charger! I will buy another one when it's time to trade this one in!
      leslamonte
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just bought a new 2012 charger sxt 3.6 with 6 miles on the clock, engine produced in Mexico, should I be concerned?
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